NPR: GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger Says Soleimani Assassination Was the Right Move

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Washington, January 4, 2020 | comments
NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger about any potential fallout from the U.S. killing of an Iranian general.


Here's what happened overnight at the airport in Baghdad. An aircraft landed, and an Iranian general climbed out, General Qassem Soleimani. He met with an Iraqi counterpart, a deputy, in two cars somewhere near the plane from which he had just descended. And then several rockets struck. They came from a United States drone overhead. President Trump has said he ordered that killing. We're hearing responses to this all morning. And right now, Representative Adam Kinzinger joins us. He's a Republican from Illinois. Congressman, welcome to the program.

ADAM KINZINGER: Thank you. Good to be here.

INSKEEP: Was this attack the right thing to do?

KINZINGER: You know, I think it was. If you really look at what's been going on, really, for 30 years but especially in the last year, there have been Iranian provocations, Iranian attacks. And the U.S. has never responded, with the exception of below the threshold of violent actions, like cyberattacks or whatever. With what we've been seeing with the killing of an American contractor, attacks on American bases all around the region - we went after the guy leading that. I think it was the right move. We have to be prepared for Iran to respond, but an Iranian response is the next step. It's not all we've been doing is responding to their continued provocations. I think that's an important thing to note.

The full interview can be found on the NPR Morning Edition website here.
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