McConnell: Strikes Show Growing Threat of Irans Missile Program

Iranian missile strikes against bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq highlight the “growing threat” of Irans missile program, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Jan. 8.

More than a dozen missiles were launched at two or more bases late Tuesday, the Pentagon said. Officials havent said if any Americans were killed or injured.

“We must remain vigilant in the threat of serious threats posed by Tehran,” McConnell said on the Senate floor on Wednesday. “Apparently, these strikes did not kill or wound Americans, but they demonstrate the significant progress Iran has made over the last decade in building a large, long-range, and accurate ballistic missile force.”

McConnell said he spoke to President Donald Trump on Tuesday night.

“Im grateful for his patience and prudence as he and his cabinet deliberate [on] how to respond appropriately to the latest Iranian provocation. As a superpower, we have the capacity to exercise restraint and to respond at a time and place of our choosing, if need be. I believe the president wants to avoid conflict or needless loss of life, but hes rightly prepared to protect American lives and interests,” he said.

“And I hope Irans leaders do not miscalculate by questioning our collective will in launching further attacks.”

The president was scheduled to give an address on the strikes at 11 a.m. McConnell was speaking just after 10 a.m.

The Senate majority leader called the idea that the Trump administration is to blame for Iranian aggression “utter nonsense,” adding, “For 40 years since the founding of the Islamic republic, Iran has pursued aggression against the United States, against Israel, against its Arab neighbors.”

Residents look at a crater caused by a missile launched by Iran on U.S.-led coalition forces on the outskirts of Duhok, Iraq, on Jan. 8, 2020. (Ari Jalal/Reuters)
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Members of the military wait outside facilities where President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are visiting at Ain al-Asad air base, Iraq, on Dec. 26, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)

“The question before us is not who is to blame for the aggression. It is how best to deter and defend against it,” Read More – Source

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