WASHINGTON DC (January 9, 2020) — Prepared floor remarks by Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley on Iranian aggression:

Over the past year, the Iranian regime has been increasingly aggressive, attacking oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, shooting down a US drone, seizing a British tanker, attacking a Saudi oil facility, attacking US military bases in Iraq, and storming the US Embassy in Baghdad.

The US response to Iran’s increasing provocations had been too measured, to the point that we risked Iran’s leaders mistaking restraint for weakness and encouraging further escalation.

Another attack that risked many American lives was in the works when President Trump ordered US forces to take out the terrorist mastermind of the Iranian regime.

Sometimes you have to stand up to a bully to get him to back off or else you invite further aggression.

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