Newton, MA – Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in response to the assassination of Qassem Soleimani.
"Congress's continued failure to meet its constitutional authority over matters of war and peace is a hallmark of this generation, which has spent nearly its entire life in endless and ever-evolving conflicts overseas.
From the profound miscalculation of our mission in Afghanistan to the catastrophic decision to invade Iraq in 2002, we have spent 18 years putting our men and women in uniform at the center of conflicts with no clear mission, parameters or exit strategy in place.
"The assassination of Qassem Soleimani last night laid bare the consequences of war powers increasingly coopted by the executive branch alone. Regardless of intent, President Trump's actions brought us closer to war, without the consent of the American people or their elected representatives.
"This is unacceptable.
In the coming days it is critical we not only understand the justification for the strike, but that we make clear that no President can go to war without the authority from Congress to do so. If President Trump wants to escalate our engagement in Iran, his allies in the House and Senate must be willing to publicly debate and defend that decision, and those of us adamantly opposed to another military conflict in the Middle East must stand united."