McConnell Statement On Iran-Backed Attack That Killed 3 American Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement regarding the killing of U.S. servicemembers in the Middle East:

“My deepest sympathies are with the families of the three brave U.S. servicemembers killed in Jordan at the hands of Iran-backed terrorists. And my prayers are with their comrades wounded in the attack and with the U.S. personnel, including many Kentuckians, serving across the region in harm’s way.

“Last night, the cost of failure to deter America’s adversaries was again measured in American lives. We cannot afford to keep responding to this violent aggression with hesitation and half-measures.

“The Commander-in-Chief has stated his intention to hold those responsible to account at a time and in a manner of America’s choosing. But we have known for years that Iran is behind a deadly wave of terror aimed at expelling America from the Middle East and wiping Israel from the map. The time to start taking this aggression seriously was long before more brave Americans lost their lives.

“The entire world now watches for signs that the President is finally prepared to exercise American strength to compel Iran to change its behavior. Our enemies are emboldened. And they will remain so until the United States imposes serious, crippling costs – not only on front-line terrorist proxies, but on their Iranian sponsors who wear American blood as a badge of honor.”


Related Issues: Iran, America's Military, National Security