Trump is barreling toward war with Iran. Congress must act to stop him

Veterans Today – March 5, 2019

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.


2 responses to “Trump is barreling toward war with Iran. Congress must act to stop him”

  1. It’s obvious that the US needs to be tagged as a rogue nation and a powerful one at that,an y country that controls the UN , and will use the UN to influence or will use threats through intimidation or sanctions or as a last resort use of bruit military force to gain submission and compliance to comply with US narrative . How can the UN allow the US to occupy any sovereign country it see’s fit for as long as it likes. The UN is no longer fit for purpose and should be disbanded or all countries that wish follow international law should break away and form an alternative union to do just that and isolate the US and resist US influence by any means necessary and create an alternative free trade platform untouchable by the US.

  2. I wonder how many thinking Americans would agree to their Sons and Husbands or Daughters Sacrificing their lives, risking life changing injury and in the process, sacrificing good American blood for yet another war,( this time with Iran), on behalf of Israel?? It’s time Israel fought it’s own wars, then we’ll see who comes off best.
    The United States (and others) have lost enough blood and treasure, to their own detriment, in support of this Bellicose, Belligerant and insufferable bunch of Israeli schemers and troublemakers. .. ..