Preventing a New War With Iran

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Trump and his war cabinet want a war with Iran. But under the Constitution, Congress is the only one that has the authority to allow Trump to authorize military action, including in Irantell your MoC to co-sponsor H.R. 2354 / S. 1039 to explicitly deny him this authority!

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Donald Trump and his war cabinet seem to be itching for a new war with Iran. 

First, the Trump administration violated the Iran nuclear deal. Even though international inspectors certified that Iran was complying with its end of the bargain, even though it successfully kept us safer, and even though some of our closest allies urged Trump not to do this, Trump pulled out of the deal.

Then, they mounted an Iraq War-style campaign to prime the public. There’s a reason the run-up to a new war with Iran feels very similar to the previous run-up to the Iraq War. It’s because it’s being led by the same person. John Bolton, Trump’s bloodthirsty National Security Advisor, has been a champion for an Iran War for decades and is leading the effort to spread fear and misinformation about Iran.

Now, they’re trying to provoke a reaction from Iran. Trump and Bolton have dialed up the escalations to a 10. They’ve labeled a branch of Iran’s armed forces as a terrorist organization (the first time the US has ever used this label on a state military entity), threatened to punish allies who import Iranian oil, and ramped up military deployments to the region in Bolton called a “clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime” in response to secret, ill-defined “threats.” The administration is even updating its military plans with the possibility of sending up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East —the same number that were sent to invade Iraq in 2003.

For those who recall the lead-in to the Iraq War, this all probably feels pretty familiar. But history must not repeat itself. It’s essential that Congress use its powers to stop this march to war.

 

What Was the Iran Nuclear Deal?

  • The Iran deal (formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) was struck in 2015 between the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China, the European Union and Iran. It forced Iran to give up its pathways to build a nuclear weapon in exchange for some sanctions relief.
  • The deal also imposed the most rigorous, invasive inspections on Iran in history. Under the deal, international inspectors have 24/7 access to Iran’s nuclear sites because of this deal, in order to catch any attempts by Iran to violate the deal. If the deal falls apart, so does this access.
  • Those inspectors confirmed over and over that the deal was working and that Iran was complying with the deal. International allies as well as Trump’s own national security officials also said the deal was working and the U.S. should stay in it. Unfortunately, Trump’s war cabinet has long been in support of regime change war with Iran instead of diplomacy, and Trump took their side this time.
  • We’re more likely to see Trump take us to war with Iran if this deal totally falls apart. Iran has now announced it will take steps to potentially violate the deal if other countries don’t do more to stand up to the United States and its violation of the deal. If Iran were to resume its pursuit of a nuclear weapon, or take the bait and respond militarily to US escalations, Trump and his war cabinet would likely respond with military force, claiming they’d already unsuccessfully tried diplomacy. That would be foolish, costly, and incredibly risky. There is no reason to take this path.

What Can Congress Do?

Each Member of Congress must speak up now. The voices who want a new war with Iran and who despise the deal simply because it was President Obama’s achievement are speaking very loudly. Congress must use their platform and issue statements immediately, stating the obvious truth that Congress has not authorized any military force against Iran, and urging the administration to choose diplomacy over war.

Congress must deny Trump the authority to start a new war with Iran. With the U.S. out of the deal, war with Iran has become more likely. But it’s Congress, and not the President, who decides when and where to go to war. Members of Congress must publicly pledge not to vote to give Trump the congressional authority to take military action in Iran. In the meantime, they can co-sponsor legislation to explicitly deny the administration such authorization: H.R. 2354 in the House and S. 1039 in the Senate.

Call Your Members of Congress Now!

Call Script

Hello, I’m a constituent from [part of state] and I’m very concerned about the possibility of a new war with Iran. 

Trump foolishly violated the nuclear deal and put it in danger of falling apart, even though Iran was complying and it was keeping us all safer. Now John Bolton and the war cabinet are escalating tensions. It feels a lot like Iraq War 2.0. 

Will [MoC] co-sponsor [H.R. 2354/S. 1039] and issue a public statement urging diplomacy, not war with Iran? I will be closely watching for [MoC]’s actions on this and following up.