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OpinionDemocrats can help Trump avoid war with Iran

01:00  22 june  2019
01:00  22 june  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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(15 May 2019) The White House's sudden moves in the Mideast sparked alarm from Congress on Wednesday as key Democrats warned President Donald Trump off war

President Donald Trump said he hoped the US would not go to war with Iran , cooling tensions at the end of a week in which worries spiked over the risk Western diplomats in Tehran said Iran remained wary of provoking the US to strike the country as the Islamic republic’s strategy was to avoid a military

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The escalating crisis with Iran puts the Democratic Party in a difficult situation. Iran's fanatical, anti-American regime is an ideal adversary from the perspective of President Donald Trump - a foe no one across the U.S. political spectrum can or will defend. Moreover, if war comes, the proximate cause likely will be a provocation or hostile act on Iran's part, such as the shooting down of a U.S. drone this week. If the United States is seen to be acting in self-defense, Americans will rally around the flag and Democrats naturally will support our military forces in harm's way.

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Iran ’s bellicosity began long before Trump ’s maximum pressure campaign. It has been a feature of If allies in Europe and Democrats in Congress are worried about war with Iran , they should start by Support from business and the potential financial damage to China help explain how protesters

WASHINGTON — President Trump has sought to put the brakes on a brewing confrontation with Iran in recent days, telling the acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, that he does not want to go to war with Iran , administration officials said

The fact that a military strike on Iran was in fact ordered, but that President Trump called it off at the last minute only highlights how close we are to getting entangled in another war in the Middle East.

It is essential that Democratic leaders resolutely oppose war with Iran and make it clear to the American people that responsibility for such a conflict rests with the president - it would be a direct result of his reckless decision to unilaterally withdraw the United States from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal with Iran.

In making that decision, Trump could have opted for a diplomatic approach; working in concert with the other JCPOA signatories, he could have tried to induce Iran to negotiate a strengthened, improved deal. Instead, he allowed his hawkish advisers - who want to eliminate the Iranian regime, not negotiate with it - to launch a campaign to systematically suffocate the Iranian economy and impose acute hardship on the Iranian people. Their aim, clearly, was to provoke a war with Iran, which would provide the long-awaited opportunity for regime-change proponents to crush the Islamic Republic once and for all.

McConnell opens door to vote on Iran war authorization

McConnell opens door to vote on Iran war authorization Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said he's willing to vote on a controversial amendment that would require Congress to approve any military action against Iran, but warned colleagues it could signal disunity in Washington to a foreign adversary.McConnell said he's open to voting on a bipartisan amendment sponsored by Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) that would block funding for military action against Iran without prior congressional approval. The legislation also has support from Republican Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Mike Lee (Utah).

President Trump ’s move this week to send 1,000 troops to the Middle East has ratcheted up tensions with Iran that have been building since the White The decision has put the United States at odds with some major European allies, which are trying to avoid more escalation as they work to keep the

As White House escalates tensions, Democratic senators and groups call for legislation disallowing an attack on Iran without Congressional approval. “I’m deeply worried that the Trump administration is leading us toward an unnecessary war with Iran ,” Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the

One does not have to be a sympathizer with the mullahs to understand that they will neither capitulate nor accept economic strangulation without a fight. Indeed, this is exactly what national security adviser John Bolton is counting on.

Those who are pushing for war with Iran do not have President Trump's interests at heart. They would not care if it turned out badly and helped to make him a one-term president; at that point, he already would have served his purpose anyway.

Trump clearly senses the risk, and that is why a resolute, united stand by the Democrats can help the president to make the choice for diplomacy.

By making it clear to the American public that this would be Trump's war - an avoidable, unnecessary war of choice - it could help to save the United States from another disastrous military intervention in the Middle East.

Democrats also should explain to the public that war with Iran would be a strategic blunder for the United States because - just like the war in Iraq - it would substantially benefit our principal adversaries, China and Russia, by distracting our attention and draining our resources.

Senate to vote Friday on Trump's Iran war authority

Senate to vote Friday on Trump's Iran war authority The Senate will vote Friday on a measure to block President Trump from taking military action against Iran without congressional approval. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that leadership had hashed out a deal to vote on the proposal from Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and that they would hold the vote open to give 2020 candidates the chance to return from Miami. "We intend to stay in session this week to finish the NDAA bill and allow for a vote in relation to the Udall amendment.

Trump has repeatedly depicted war with Iran an something a president would do for domestic political gain. What political purpose would be served by going to war with Iran ? Plenty, but most pressing for Trump is probably the onslaught of investigations Democrats have launched into his administration.

US President Donald Trump has ordered his administration to avoid a military confrontation with Iran , the New York Times and Reuters have reported. " Trump was firm in saying he did not want a military clash with the Iranians ," read the paper citing five senior officials who described the administration's

There is no question that Iran poses a strategic challenge to our friends and allies in the Middle East - "strategic" meaning the kind of threat that can justify going to war. But Iran does not pose that kind of threat to the United States. We need to keep our focus on U.S. strategic threats and competitors - China, Russia, a nuclear-armed North Korea. Ironically, Iran would fall into that limited category only in the event that it actually became a nuclear-armed power. This underscores the folly of withdrawing from the JCPOA and the necessity of returning now to diplomacy to ensure its preservation.

The Democratic Party made a colossal error in 2002-2003 to the extent that many of its leaders provided support and cover for President George W. Bush's disastrous course in Iraq. It is of utmost importance to our country that Democrats do not repeat that mistake. Standing now against war with Iran is the best way to help President Trump avoid that calamitous outcome.

James B. Foley is a retired career foreign service officer and was U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, 2003-2005, and to Croatia, 2009-2012. He helped to negotiate the resignation of Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide, coordinated Iraqi refugee issues for the State Department, was Deputy Commandant of the National War College and a deputy permanent U.S. representative to the United Nations in Geneva.

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