Orange County Executive, Special Ops Lt. Steve Neuhaus speaks in support of Iranian strikePosted: Updated:
Orange County Executive and Special Operations Lt. Steve Neuhaus spoke in support of President Donald Trump's decision to launch a fatal drone strike that killed Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
Six months after a tour of duty in Iraq, Steve Neuhaus says he supports the controversial strike that killed one of Iran's most powerful men.
"Six-hundred American troops lost their lives because of his influence and what he did with the IEDs," says Neuhaus. "To me, that was enough to make him a target. We always say we have zero tolerance for terrorism."
Neuhaus was stationed in Baghdad less than a mile away, where Soleimani was killed. He says while there, the focus shifted from Islamic State militants to defending against attacks by militias, taking order from Soleimani.
"What this guy was doing was enhancing terroristic actions from these militias against the U.S. and coalition troops," says Neuhaus.
Soleimani's death has led to protests both in the U.S. and overseas as the U.S. now prepares for the promise of retaliation.
Neuhaus says while things escalate in the Middle East, at home he's concerned about ethnic and religious tensions that may rise as a result of the deadly strike.