Murkowski, Sullivan, Young call Soleimani strike success


Sen. Lisa Murkowski defied expectations and surprised critics today by giving her full-throated support of the drone strike ordered by President Trump that killed Iranian Gen. Soleimani.

Murkowski, who at key times has stood in opposition to Trump, issued a statement of support and agreed to cosponsor a resolution to back the president:

“I am pleased to support Senator Cruz’s resolution commending the President and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and intelligence community for the successful operation against Qasem Soleimani. It has long been known that General Soleimani and the Iranian Quds Force are dangerous and destructive members of one of the largest terrorist groups in the world. For decades the U.S. attempted to dissuade Soleimani and the Quds Force from continued aggression against the U.S. and our allies. They are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American servicemembers and repeated attacks on American facilities, including the horrible and unacceptable attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that recently took place.

The actions taken by the U.S. military and intelligence community at the charge of the President were significant, decisive, and eliminated one of the greatest threats to peace in the region. The precision and professionalism of our men and women in uniform and throughout the intelligence services demonstrates why we are all grateful for their service. – Sen. Lisa Murkowski

“Through collaboration and continued briefings with my colleagues, the administration, and members of the military community, I hope to find a path forward to de-escalation,” Murkowski wrote.

Democrats in Congress have been critical of the killing of Soleimani. Sen. Chuck Schumer said, ‘We do not need this president either bumbling or impulsively getting us into a major war.”

The House of Representatives, on a party-line vote, adopted a war powers resolution to try to limit the ability of the president to take further military action against Iran. It passed 224-194, with Congressman Don Young voting against it.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “Last week, in our view, the administration conducted a provocative disproportionate airstrike against Iran which endangered Americans, and did so without consulting Congress,” Pelosi said at her weekly press conference.

Murkowski didn’t issue an immediate statement, but rather she waited because she knew Sen. Cruz was working on a resolution that she wanted to cosponsor.

The resolution is similar to that which passed after Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid by Seal Team Six, at the direction of then-President Barack Obama. That resolution, offered in 2011, passed unanimously in the Senate with all 100 senators voting in favor of it.

Senator Cruz’ resolution has 43 cosponsors, including Sen. Murkowski, and Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska. The others include:

Sen. Cruz was joined by 43 original cosponsors: Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Congressman Don Young issued a statement in support of the president:

“Qasem Soleimani was a terrorist who committed heinous atrocities and facilitated human rights abuses against the oppressed people of Iran. Freedom-loving people everywhere shed no tears for his loss, and our world is a safer place without him. America’s military is strong and stands ready to defend our citizens, allies, and way of life against further aggression by the Iranian regime. I am grateful for President Trump’s strong leadership as the world comes together in support of the Iranian peoples’ pursuit of liberty.”

Sen. Dan Sullivan, interviewed on Fox, also voiced his strong support of the president’s decision:


  1. Murkowski is stunned that the President of the United States would make a decision such as this without her vote. She is totally unimportant and hopefully, she will be gone the next election. Her performance is 34% in the Senate. She works two days a week and gets paid a lot for nothing. If the common worker had a performance of 34%, he/she would get fired. Now that she is off the Resources Committee, lets get on with looking for Murkowski replacement. If Joe Miller runs again, he’s got my vote but I don’t think it would take one term to clean up the destruction to Alaska that Murkowski done.

  2. Lisa has finally figured out that Alaska voters don’t want their politicians voting with the enemy. She is a repulsive RINO that can’t be counted on to support the President who has a 90% approval with GOP voters. 2022 is coming and token efforts will not erase the memory of her vote with McCain’s Obamacare vote. And don’t forget her failure to vote for the President’s SCOTUS choice. She has been a disappointment for years and this elected GOP official will not be supporting her in 2022. Anyone can get cash for your communities as well as Lisa. We have two other politicians that vote with Trump and won’t let Alaska suffer. Put Lisa out to pasture.

  3. I agree, Rebecca. Lisa is already a lame duck in the eyes of the Alaska GOP. The Murkowski years are finally coming to a close.

    • Maybe papa Frank and mama Nancy will become Democrats, providing more cover for Princess Lisa. May the Force oust the Murkowski’s from Alaska.

  4. We Alaskans will closely be watching Lisa Murkowski’s behavior during the Senate impeachment trial of Trump. If Lisa looks too much like a Democrat, she is going to be facing an uphill battle for her political life and the Murkowski name in Alaska politics. Ask Joe Miller. He’s already planning her demise.

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