Wisconsin politicians react to airstrike that killed top Iranian general

Qassem Soleimani

MADISON, Wis. — Multiple Wisconsin politicians reacted Friday to the news of the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, and their reactions were split along party lines.

In a statement released Friday morning, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan denounced President Donald Trump’s decision to conduct the airstrike, saying it would endanger innocent lives.

“Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to escalate tensions in the region by assassinating Iranian General Qasem Soleimani without any notification to or approval from Congress is wrong, it will destabilize the region and further endanger the lives of innocent Americans, Iranians, and Iraqis,” Congressman Mark Pocan wrote in a statement. “The President has repeatedly shirked diplomatic priorities in pursuit of military action across the Middle East, and he is on the brink of starting a wholly avoidable and unnecessary war with Iran.”

Senator Ron Johnson condemned Iran, but did not explicitly endorse Trump’s decision.

“Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, has been escalating its malign actions for years,” Senator Ron Johnson wrote in a statement. “It is time for Iran to de-escalate and end its terrorist acts and use of proxies. Americans will continue to support the brave men and women who have volunteered to keep us safe.”

While Senator Tammy Baldwin said it’s good that Soleimani is gone, she also warned that the strike has further escalated tensions in the region. She went on to call for the Trump administration to explain the decision to Congress.