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Trump administration justification for Soleimani strike leaves some Democrats seething


Added 02-16-20 05:35:01pm EST - “The White House quietly released its formal justification for the Jan. 3 drone strike that killed a top Iranian general near Baghdad's airport, but the argument failed to satisfy skeptics on Capitol Hill who say the reasons for the…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Engel on justification for drone strike: ‘This spurious, after-the-fact explanation won’t do’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The White House quietly released its formal justification for the Jan. 3 drone strike that killed a top Iranian general near Baghdad’s airport, but the argument failed to satisfy skeptics on Capitol Hill who say the reasons for the attack keep shifting and the legal theory authorizing the mission was, in the words of one powerful Democratic House chairman, “absurd.”

In the legally mandated report, the administration appeared to drop claims made by some immediately after the attack that Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was meeting with Iraqi Shiite militia leaders when he was killed, posed an “imminent threat” and was planning new attacks on U.S. troops, allies, and even, according to President Trump, four unnamed U.S. embassies.

The killing sent tensions soaring in the region, sparking an Iranian counterstrike on U.S. troops inside Iraq, and fueled a move on Capitol Hill — backed by at least some Republicans — to curb Mr. Trump’s ability to start a war with Iran without congressional authority.

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“The administration’s explanation in this report makes no mention of any imminent threat and shows that the justification the president offered to the American people was false, plain and simple,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, New York Democrat, said in a statement. “This spurious, after-the-fact explanation won’t do.”

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