Connecticut's top lawmakers push back against killing of top Iranian military commander

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Many lawmakers across Connecticut are calling the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, reckless and dangerous

When the U.S. Military took out Iran's top military commander, Connecticut's two senators found out the same way the rest of us did.

"We learned about these events literally by watching the news last night," says Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

 

The White House claims the move was necessary because Soleimani was planning a "campaign of violence" against Americans. Iran is promising a "harsh retaliation."

"It was the time to take action, so that we could disrupt this plot, deter further aggression from Qassem Soleimani and the Iranian regime," says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Rep. Jim Himes worries the White House has no strategy to deal with the fallout.

"We'd better figure out a way to deescalate this to get to a point where we're not spending trillions of dollars and thousands of lives on yet another Middle Eastern war," says Himes.

Sen. Chris Murphy says he wonders if the U.S. is really safer with Soleimani dead.

"The question we have to be asking ourselves today is whether Qassem Soleimani is more dangerous to the United States alive, or dead -- as a martyr," he says.

 

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