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Welch Statement on Baghdad Airport Drone Attack

January 3, 2020
Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch issued the following statement in reaction to the American drone attack at the Baghdad airport:

“President Trump’s decision to attack an Iranian convoy at the Baghdad airport was reckless and utterly without grounding in a coherent Middle East strategy. In doing so, he dramatically increased the risk of a grave escalation of violence in the region. And he placed American soldiers, diplomats and citizens around the world in harm’s way.

Make no mistake about it, Iran is a bad actor in the region. And Qassim Suleimani was the despicable mastermind of deadly and cowardly attacks on American soldiers during the Iraq war. In taking this action in the absence of a sensible and comprehensive strategy, the president dramatically increased the risk of our military being embroiled in a war. The American people do not want another war in the Middle East, certainly not one triggered by this impulsive and erratic president.

The Constitution is clear that only Congress can authorize a war. The administration must immediately come before the Congress to explain its rationale for the attack and its strategy in the Middle East. And it must seek approval for any military action in the region. It is essential now, more than ever, that Congress do its job and check this president and the ideologues in his administration who seem hell-bent on going to war with Iran.”

Welch is a founding member of the No War with Iran Caucus in the House, and a cosponsor of H.R. 2354 and H.R. 2829 which would prohibit or restrict American military action against Iran without congressional approval. He is also a member of the House Intelligence Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, both of which have jurisdiction over this matter.