By NCRIUS Staff, February 6, 2024
On January 28th, 2024, an Iranian regime proxy group conducted a drone strike attack on a United States military base known as “Tower 22” in the desert of Northeast Jordan near the Syrian Border.
The attack resulted in the killing of 3 American service members and severely wounding at least 47 other service members. U.S. President Joe Biden responded to the attack, “While we are still gathering the facts of this attack, we know it was carried out by radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq…Have no doubt we will hold all those responsible to account at a time and in a manner of our choosing … we shall respond.”
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin replied, “Iran-backed militias are responsible for these continued attacks on U.S. forces, and we will respond at a time and place of our choosing.”
In the immediate aftermath of the drone strike attack, there was a rare bi-partisan reaction on Capitol Hill. Republican lawmakers came out strongly calling for a strong response to the Iranian regime’s attacks. Democratic lawmakers have also been outraged at the attack.
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) stated, “We are saddened by the loss of three American heroes in Jordan last night, and we are praying for their families and for the other service members who have been injured. America must send a crystal-clear message across the globe that attacks on our troops will not be tolerated.”
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) commented, “Heartbroken and outraged by the death of three U.S. service members and the wounding of many others during the horrific terrorist attack in the Middle East. Every single malignant actor responsible must be held accountable.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressed his anger, “We cannot afford to keep responding to this violent aggression with hesitation and half-measures.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) offered condolences on Twitter. “We mourn the deaths of the three service members killed by a drone attack in Jordan from an Iran-backed militant group … We must work to hold those responsible accountable.”
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) remarked, “The best response the Biden Administration could have to Iran’s BS denial of involvement in the attack that killed and wounded U.S. service members is to target Iranian oil or IRGC military infrastructure valuable to the regime. Anything less will be seen as weakness and will put more Americans in harm’s way. The President has all the authority he needs to act. He must act now. Iran’s denial of any involvement or complicity in the recent deaths of 3 Americans and the wounding of many others is beyond offensive … All the attacks against American forces in the region are by Iranian-backed proxies.”
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, responded fiery, “This attack on U.S. and coalition troops in Jordan, our steadfast regional partner, is an escalation and cannot go unanswered. I support President Biden in a deliberate and proportionate response.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) had strong words, “Joe Biden stopped enforcing oil sanctions and let $100 billion flow to Iran.”Senate Intelligence Committee member Tim Kaine (D-VA) said, “We must do everything we can to keep American troops safe and hold those who attack our service members accountable.”Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) stated, “We must respond to these repeated attacks by Iran and its proxies by striking directly against Iranian targets and its leadership.”
Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, commented, “The Department of Defense is still gathering all the facts from this attack. I am confident the Biden administration will respond in a deliberate and proportional manner.”
The United States’ retaliation began on February 2nd and targeted over 85 Tehran-linked targets based in Syria and Iraq through multiple airstrikes.
One thing is clear: when it comes to the threat of the Iranian regime and the need to counter it, there is more bi-partisan consensus than perhaps any other issues.