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Roe: U.S. ‘a safer place’ without Iranian general; president had ‘absolute’ authority to order strike

Jonathan Roberts • Jan 9, 2020 at 3:15 PM

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Johnson City, said he believes the world is “a safer place” after the United States “appropriately” killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in an drone strike in Iraq last week, and that U.S. President Donald Trump “absolutely had the authority” to order the strike without congressional approval.

“This guy was clearly an enemy combatant, this was a guy who killed Americans — this guy was a man we know ... butchered and killed American (service members),” Roe said. “I think this response we’ve made was very appropriate and I think the team the president has around him gave him really good advice on this.” 

Roe’s remarks come after Iran fired a barrage of rockets at two U.S. military installations in Iraq on Tuesday night in retaliation for the killing of Iranian Soleimani. No American or foreign service members were injured in the strikes, and the bases only suffered “minimal” damage, something Roe feels was deliberately done by the Iranians to give both sides an opportunity to deescalate tensions between Iran and the U.S.

“Either the Iranians can’t shoot straight and hit anything, or deliberately they didn’t hit anything, and I think it’s the second,” Roe said of the rocket attack. “I think for their own personal and political (gain) at home they had to do something and this is what they did — and opened the door for a negotiation.”

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