Reaction To Trump’s Action Against Iran
How did you react to Trump’s illegal action against Iran? Is he trying to start a war just for political distraction? Or is he just listening to the war pigs that comprise what is left of his cabinet? Read reactions to Trump’s action from Bernie, MoveOn, & Indivisible.
The Reaction Of Bernie Sanders To Trump’s Iran Policy
In January of 1991, one of the first votes I cast in Congress was against the war in Iraq.
I remember it well. Almost all Republicans supported the war effort, as did a number of Democrats. I didn’t, and I walked off the floor thinking “well, I’ll probably be a one-term congressman now.” However, I will repeat something today that I said back then, because I think it is still applicable:
And that is that the challenge of our time is not simply to begin a war that will result in the deaths of many people, young Americans and innocent families overseas. The real challenge of our time is to see how we can use our power in a different way to stop aggression and keep our people safe. Because if we are not successful right now, then I think all this world has to look forward to in the future for our children is war, and more war, and more war… as if we haven’t had enough war already.
A decade after that first war in Iraq, I voted against yet another war in the same country.
That was the right vote.
And it is almost beyond impossible to imagine that after nearly 17 years of that war in Iraq — a war that upended the regional order of the Middle East and resulted in untold loss of life — that this administration is putting us on such a dangerous path toward more war.
This time with Iran.
Apparently for some, decades of constant war is not enough.
Let us not forget that when Trump took office, we had a nuclear agreement with Iran, negotiated by the Obama administration along with our closest allies. Countries from all over the world came together to negotiate that agreement, which put a lid on Iran’s nuclear program.
The wise course would have been to stick with that nuclear agreement, enforce its provisions, and use that diplomatic channel with Iran to address our other concerns with Iran, including their support of terrorism.
Unfortunately, Trump followed his reckless instincts and listened to right-wing extremists, some of whom were exactly the same people that got us into the war in Iraq in the first place.
Now, as you all know, last week President Trump ordered the assassination of a top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, along with the leader of an Iraqi militia.
Trump justified the assassination of Soleimani by claiming that it was necessary to prevent ‘imminent’ attacks on U.S. forces, but his administration has offered no evidence to back that claim up, even in a classified setting.
Then he claimed that there were plans to attack U.S. embassies, again offering no evidence. And now, unbelievably, we find out that Trump himself told people he was under pressure to deal with Soleimani from GOP senators he views as important supporters in his coming impeachment trial in the Senate.
Once again, we see Trump making enormously consequential national security decisions for selfish reasons and without regard for the Constitution. As a United States senator, I will do everything I can to rein in this reckless president and prevent a war with Iran.
As president, I will offer a different vision for how we exercise American power: one that is not demonstrated by our ability to blow things up, but by our ability to bring countries together and forge international consensus around shared challenges. A test of a great nation is not how many wars we can fight or how many governments we can overthrow, but how we can use our strength to resolve international conflicts in a peaceful way.
I cannot do it alone. But maybe, just maybe, instead of spending $1.8 trillion a year globally on weapons of destruction, we can lead the world to address the issues that affect us all, like the existential threat of climate change.
So our job is to offer a different vision — a vision that one day human beings on this planet will live in a world where international conflicts are resolved peacefully, not by mass murder.
Thank you for your continued support of that vision.
Taking us into a war without congressional authorization would be unconstitutional and illegal. The United States Congress must do everything it can to prevent war with Iran. The Constitution is very clear: It is Congress, not the president, who decides when we go to war.
Please add your name if you agree:
This is really, really bad. Because of the actions of Donald Trump, we’re right now on the brink of a major war with Iran.
On Thursday, Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, a senior Iranian military leader, who was killed in drone strikes at Baghdad airport — merely the latest escalation by a president who has taken one step after another down the path to war with Iran ever since he took office.
Now, we need to do what we do best: turn up the pressure to STOP a WAR. And we need you with us.
Since day one of his presidency, Donald Trump has pushed our country towards a war with Iran:
- He filled his cabinet with warmongers like Mike Pompeo,
- He pulled out of the historic and successful Iran nuclear deal, and
- He embarked on a “maximum pressure” campaign — sending thousands more U.S. troops to the Middle East and imposing crippling economic sanctions on Iran.
We are where we are today because of Donald Trump.
War with Iran would be disastrous and wholly unnecessary. Military and diplomatic leaders have warned it could bring costs in both blood and resources greater than the wars with Iraq and Afghanistan combined. For those in the Middle East, the human suffering from decades of war would be immeasurable.
War is NOT the answer. Diplomacy is the only way out of this crisis, and Congress is our best chance to put up a giant roadblock to war.
Earlier this year, bipartisan majorities, backed by a massive grassroots push for peace, voted in both chambers of Congress to prevent exactly this kind of unilateral escalation. Pushback from Trump and his allies stopped us then, which is why we need to get even louder now.
We have long feared the actions of this White House against Iran. The desperation of being besieged by impeachment, party to multiple investigations and lawsuits, and entering an election year. Then it would result in a catastrophic national security crisis. Now, it is time to remind the president his powers have limits. Congress must act now and pull us back from the brink of war.
Thank you for working for peace,
Stephen and the Win Without War team
Trump’s Action Against Iran Heading Us Towards War With Iran.
Warren, Sanders, Omar, Tlaib, and YOU:
People taking action to stop Trump’s war
Dear MoveOn member,
We will not be led into another endless war by an impeached president with an unhinged Twitter account. Our troops, Iranian Americans, Iranian and Iraqi families, and all of us deserve so much better.
Yesterday, we rose up together to say #NoWarWithIran at more than 350 events in 46 states across the country, just as the House was voting to rein in Donald Trump’s war powers. We made it clear: There is an anti-war majority in this country, and we will speak out for peace and justice.
MoveOn was built as an anti-war organization when we fought against the war in Iraq. We were opposed to war in 2003; we stand opposed to war in Iran today; and we will keep up the pressure to stop Trump’s war with Iran and end the endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
At our rally at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., moments before the House voted to rein in Trump’s reckless military action against Iran, Senator Jeff Merkley asked, “Can you come back when the Senate is voting, in about ten days, to make it clear?
To be clear: The Senate has the opportunity and ability to save countless lives by restraining Trump’s military action. The House took decisive action and voted in favor of the war powers resolution to end Trump’s strikes against Iran. Click here now to call your senators and demand they support the war powers resolution, too.
We know that Trump is reckless, and no one should be able to be reckless with our military. With tens of thousands of lives on the line, the human costs are just too high, abroad and at home.
Representative Ilhan Omar, herself a refugee, drove home this message at our D.C. event, saying: “If we are only focused on killing the monsters of the world, we forget the children, the elderly, the people with disabilities who are going to be caught in the crossfire… Who, if they survive, become the walking dead like myself.”
On Wednesday, on the eve of these inspiring, moving actions, more than 10,000 people joined a #NoWarWithIran strategy call to hear grassroots leaders and elected officials, including Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, help explain the impact of Trump’s reckless actions and issue a clear call to oppose war with Iran and end U.S. endless wars.
This call, anchored by the expertise of veteran organizer Brittany DeBarros of About Face: Veterans Against the War and Jamal Abdi of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), drove home the point that wars are ultimately fought abroad and domestically, and the overwhelming impact of these wars will be felt by Iranian and visibly Muslim communities.
No community should be left alone to face the threats of unchecked military action, xenophobia, and racist state violence. That’s why we will continue to follow the leadership of organizations like NIAC and About Face as we fight against U.S. endless wars and their impact abroad and at home.
We are fighting for nothing less than our collective humanity.
Thanks for all you do.
—Kate, Rahna, Scott, Seth, and the rest of the team
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People in the United States and across the globe are tired of war, from the military families who have seen multiple generations in the same conflicts, to the Iranian, Iraqi and Afghani families in the United States who worry for their loved ones back home.
We’ve learned our lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan and Yemen and global endless war. We will not be led into another costly, unnecessary war of choice. We will not allow our neighbors to be targeted by law enforcement. We will not be divided.
On Thursday, January 9, join MoveOn, Indivisible, Win Without War, the National Iranian American Council and About Face: Veterans Against The War to say #NoWarWithIran and oppose Trump’s war—and spread the word!
Already, we’ve seen Trump’s actions unleash xenophobia, with Iranian-Americans detained at the border in Washington state and asked about their political allegiance. That’s not the country we want to build in 2020. And tonight we’ve seen a dangerous response to these actions.
Where Trump acts with ignorance, fear, war, and moral weakness, we will show up with diplomacy and political courage. We are the majority, we stand united, and we oppose Trump’s war with Iran.
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