Gay political leaders offered their responses to the killing of a high profile Persian general.
On January 3, the United States launched a drone strike on a convoy in Iraq which resulted in the death of Iranian Major Gen. Qasem Soleimani.
In New York, U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney’s office released the following statement: “Soleimani is responsible for the loss of countless innocents. His death shouldn’t be mourned -- but to order his killing is a dangerous gamble in Trump’s escalatory cycle w/ Iran,” said Maloney, a gay married father of three, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee.
U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-R.I.) said the world is a better place without Soleimani and called on the Trump administration to consult with Congress on the next steps.
“There is real danger that these actions will create a more serious threat of sustained military conflict and even war,” said Cicilline, a gay man who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Pete Buttigieg, the gay Afghanistan veteran who is a leading contender for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination, said America is forced to deal with the consequences.
“We must prepare for the impact on regional stability, complex forms of retaliation, and the potential for escalation into war,” said Buttigieg.
A Major General in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Soleimani was a commander of the Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. He was killed outside of Baghdad Airport in Iraq.
“Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!,” the President tweeted on Friday, a subtle jab at the Barack Obama-John Kerry nuclear treaty.