Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that now is no time to let our guard down, and that we still must stay vigilant in the face of a remaining serious threat from Iran.
On Wednesday, McConnell said the recent strikes against Iraqi bases that housed US forces, demonstrated the significant progress Iran has made in building a ballistic missile force. He also pointed out one of the primary shortcomings of former President Obama’s deal with the nation, which was the absence of constraints on Iran’s ballistic missile program.
McConnell emphasized the U.S. government’s capacity, not only to respond but also to exhibit restraint. In a statement released to the press, the Senate Majority Leader said,
“As a superpower, we have the capacity to exercise restraint and to respond at a time and place of our choosing, if need be. I believe the president wants to avoid conflict or needless loss of life, but is rightly prepared to protect American lives and interests. I hope Iran’s leaders do not miscalculate by questioning our collective will and launching further attacks.”
McConnell added he hopes our congressional delegations do not give Iran a reason to question America’s will.
During a speech on the Senate floor, McConnell said that he believes President Donald Trump wants to avoid conflict with Iran.
“I spoke to the president last night. I’m grateful for his patience and prudence as he and his Cabinet deliberate how to respond appropriately to the latest Iranian provocation.”
When Trump addressed the nation later Wednesday morning, he indicated he’s supportive of preventing such a conflict but remains dedicated to keeping nuclear weapons out of Iran’s grasp.
“Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world,” he said. “The United States is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.”