Every one of them went around that flag.
Still, the shifting rationale has raised questions about the nature and credibility of the threat posed by Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the architect of a decades-long reign of terror in which Iranian proxy fighters killed hundreds of Americans and contributed to the deaths of hundreds of thousands in the region.
Although Iran and the USA have had longtime tense relations, the strikes against the United States marks the most direct attack since the Iranian hostage crisis, as most previous attacks have taken place through proxy forces.
He also referred to Iran's missile attack on the United States airbase of Ain al-Assad in Iraq, which came in retaliation for the U.S. targeted killing of General Soleimani. Now those defenders, can accuse the Democrats of trying to impeach a President who is keeping us safe and fighting terrorists, and for good measure can accuse Democrats of being pro-Iran and anti-American.
President Donald Trump, in the meantime, is facing pressure to provide more information about the imminent threat Soleimani allegedly posed to justify the USA airstrike that killed him.
What's next: The Iraqi parliament passed a nonbinding resolution calling on the roughly 6,000 USA troops - and all other foreign troops - to leave the country earlier this month after the Soleimani assassination. On Friday, Trump told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that he believed four USA embassies in the Middle East would have been targeted.
He also said he would "rebuild" the United Nations and the State Department to resolve global conflicts diplomatically.
"If that is the motivation for the attack, that's absolutely a problem", the congressman said.
Just a few days after Soleimani's death, Trump threatened to target Iranian 52 cultural sites - a threat the Pentagon rebuffed shortly thereafter.
Soleimani had been in the cross-hairs of the US before - at least once in 2007 - but two administrations had rejected operations to kill him, wary of the consequences of striking down the Iranian military leader.
"For years you watched as your politicians apologized for America", he said.
Qasem Soleimani was Iran's most powerful military figure in security and intelligence.
"I can reveal that I believe it probably would've been four embassies, ' Trump told Fox News" Laura Ingraham in an interview Friday. "The US hit two bases in Iraq to carry out operations in Iraq against an Iraqi guest. Are they going to pay us back?" he asked.
"So we need to use this opportunity to call for an end to sanctions and call for an end to the Muslim ban". Iran is a nation, geographically important and has a history of more than 2500 years to independent statehood.
About 28,000 Saudis have gone through military training in the USA over several decades, according to the Saudi Embassy in Washington.
Barr did not cite any specific evidence, but said, "We had a situation where the Iranians had already embarked on a series of escalating violent action taken against our allies, taken against the American people, our troops, with the avowed objective of driving us out of the Middle East".
"When governments play these games, innocent civilians pay the price", she said.