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ICYMI: Rubio Blames Biden’s Weakness for Attacks on American Troops

Oct 30, 2023 | Press Releases

Biden’s Weakness on Iran Endangers American Troops

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

October 30, 2023


[On October 10], I warned that [Iran-backed terrorists would attack U.S. troops] unless President Joe Biden made clear he would hold Iran responsible for any violence against Americans in the region committed by Shia proxies. 

Instead of delivering that message, President Biden downplayed the role of Iran’s fanatical regime in supporting and training Hamas…. In just one week, Shia militia groups attacked our personnel at least 19 times, leaving more than 20 wounded….

I’m glad for the Biden Administration’s recent admission that Iran is “actively facilitating these attacks,” and I’m glad for the Pentagon‘s statement that “we will ultimately hold Iran responsible.” But these came two weeks late. 

Moreover,…[o]ne of the first things President Biden did in the Oval Office was restart nuclear negotiations with Iran…. Meanwhile, in nearby Afghanistan, he presided over one of the most chaotic and shameful withdrawals in American military history. And by recently promising to unfreeze $6 billion in Iranian funds, President Biden appeared to reward the Iranian regime for holding American citizens captive. 

How could this not embolden the Ayatollah, whose sycophants chant “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” every Friday during prayers?

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will testify before the Senate Committee on Appropriations to request more money for the growing number of conflicts facing the world. [The administration will] have to answer questions about its actions—and inactions—over the past three weeks….

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