Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) write in a Washington Post op-ed:
Sixteen years after the American invasion of Iraq, we are again barreling toward unnecessary conflict in [Iran] based on faulty and misleading logic [..] We must not repeat the mistakes of the past, and Congress must act urgently to ensure that. [..] That’s why we plan to soon re-introduce draft legislation by a bipartisan group of senators that would restrict any funds from being spent on an unconstitutional attack on Iran.
From their op-ed:
- Our Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act would rebuke Iran while affirming congressional war powers and preventing the president from dragging us into another needless conflict. Unless we demand that Congress act immediately and decisively to block the president’s path to war, we will be doomed to repeat the mistakes of our past.
- The Trump administration has been attempting to create a strong link between al-Qaeda and Iran– based on vague suggestions but no hard evidence. There is speculation that administration officials are considering striking Iranian territory or its proxies, using the al-Qaeda narrative to claim legal authority for military action under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force — the same authorization used to launch the Afghanistan war, now in its 18th year.
- While Iran is no innocent actor, the Trump administration’s policies and pronouncements have only increased tensions in the region. Ever since President Trump churlishly withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, the president has engaged in saber-rattling rhetoric meant to accelerate hostility. Today, the United States stands alone in breach of the agreement, bullying friends and foes alike with threats and sanctions. The lasting damage to our global standing has left us isolated with little opportunity to lead.
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