February 26, 2021
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement today regarding last night’s air strikes in Syria targeting Iran-backed militias:
“Iranian proxies’ recent attacks on American and Coalition personnel in Iraq are nothing new, but they must not be tolerated. I support the decision by President Biden and Secretary Austin to continue the approach of the previous administration and hold them accountable. Yesterday’s strikes were the correct, proportionate response to protect American lives, and I look forward to more information on the administration’s response to Iran’s aggression.
“The fact that Iran chose to escalate shortly after the administration declared its desire to resume negotiations with Tehran has not gone unnoticed. I hope the administration rethinks its current negotiating strategy with Iran and works with Congress on a bipartisan approach that will address Iran’s support for terrorism, as well as its nuclear and ballistic missiles program. We cannot lift sanctions on a country that continues to target Americans and our allies for murder.”