The nation would have regretted not launching a deadly airstrike against a controversial Iranian general, a congressman has warned.
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) believes President Donald Trump acted with integrity and saved countless lives through ordering a military attack that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 3.
“This is a president who acts boldly,” Kelly said on a video uploaded by Fox News. “This is a president who carried out a strike that was so precise, so strategic [that] nothing else was hurt except the car in which that terrorist was riding in.”
Kelly remembered many years ago when Congress lamented not taking action sooner against Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden who took responsibility for terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York, on Sept. 11, 2001.
“We stood together as the United States and said this was the right thing to do, at the right time because it would save lives,” Kelly said. “We delayed because we were not sure. I thought back at what [former] President Obama would say and he said, ‘I made this decision on my own.'”
However, House Democrats no longer appear to be following the example of the former leader and have tried to prevent the incumbent president from authorizing military force.
“This is about taking powers away from the United States and we can call this anything we want to say not just this president but any president in the future, my God are you kidding me?” Kelly said. “The press and the world knows today that our enemies around the world certainly do fear us because they know there is a deterrent in the White House, and our friends and allies know that America will always be there when we say that we are going to be there.”
He accused House Democrats of having a problem with a president who is “too damn strong.”
“Please do not tell me this is about taking away the authorization for military force, this is about taking away the strongest president we ever had,” he said. “We stand in the people’s House and we’re worried more about the laws of election of 2020 than the laws of American lives and the continued loss of lives around the world by one of the worst terrorists of all time.”
Kelly suggested Congress should focus on its real mission to protect U.S. citizens, secure America, and make the nation safer.
“To have this debate tonight and this resolution is not about securing America or making America safer,” he said.