The U.S. should consider a "proportional military response" against Iran following its suspected drone attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil supply, House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said Wednesday, The Hill reported.
Rep. Cheney's comments came after President Donald Trump announced he would impose additional sanctions on Tehran.
"Not acting sends a message, frankly, that's likely to encourage an additional escalation by the Iranians if they feel they can take this kind of action without a response," Cheney said. "So, I'm pleased to see that we've begun to see some of that response. I also think that a proportional military response is the right way to go, and I'm hopeful that Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo is coordinating in that regard with the Saudis."
Cheney's comments came as Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., another leading GOP voice on foreign policy, also pressed for American action beyond increased sanctions, saying President Donald Trump's current policy has not been "enough to prevent Iran from taking similar action in the future."
Cheney has long been a supporter of the U.S. taking strong action in the Middle East, according to Shareblue Media.
During George W. Bush's administration, when her father, Dick Cheney, was vice president, Liz Cheney headed the Iran Syria Policy and Operations Group at the State Department.
That group, created in 2006, pushed for military escalation in both Iran and Syria.
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