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Preventing a New War With Iran

UPDATE

On February 13, the Senate passed the bipartisan Kaine War Powers Resolution requiring Trump to seek congressional authorization before taking further military action against Iran. Now, it's up to the House to pass it and send it on to Trump. Call you Representative and tell them to vote YES on the Kaine War Powers Resolution.

Call Your Representatives Now!

Trump wants 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 Iran—tell your MoCs to support the Khanna and Lee bills to stop Trump's march to war!

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Donald Trump and his war cabinet are dragging us into a new war. 

On January 2, 2020, Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Major General Qassim Suleimani, the second most powerful person in Iran. He did this unilaterally, without congressional authorization, and without any apparent strategy. His claim that the assassination was preemptive, done to stop an imminent attack against the U.S., has already been debunked.

The killing of Suleimani could be the triggering event that leads us to a war with Iran. In response, Iran has vowed revenge and experts believe that it will almost certainly retaliate, perhaps even in a matter of days. We can’t overstate how serious this is. We could see a series of Trump-caused escalations that could bring us to another war in the Middle East. 

Let’s be clear: a war with Iran would be costly and deadly, and would be the direct result of the Trump administration’s warmongering. 

Members of Congress must do everything they can to prevent a new war with Iran and to instead encourage diplomacy.

How We Got Here

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 so, Trump pulled out of the deal. This destroyed the best mechanism for blocking Iran’s access to nuclear weapons, and a framework on which to build with more talks. 

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 was led until recently by the same person. John Bolton, Trump’s bloodthirsty former National Security Advisor, has been a champion for an Iran War for decades and launched the effort to spread fear and misinformation about Iran that continues today. From Bolton to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Trump administration has been intent on a new war with Iran.

Next, they tried to provoke a reaction from Iran. Trump’s administration has 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 what Bolton called a “clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime” in response to secret, ill-defined “threats.” Trump has tweeted genocidal threats of an “end to Iran,” sent thousands of troops to the region, and doubled down on military activity all over the region in the name of “countering Iran.” In fact, in June of 2019, the Trump administration came within minutes of a military strike of Iran. 

Now, Trump has assassinated a foreign leader and deployed 3,500 troops. In response to the death of an American contractor in Iraq and protests at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Donald Trump approved the assassination of Major General Suleimani, the second most powerful political leader in Iran.  The assassination of Suleimani was a disproportionate response to the protests, and was not authorized by Congress. It’s very possible that the assassination could be the trigger that pulls us into a war. Iran has already vowed to retaliate in the days to come, and the U.S. has in turn responded by sending 3,500 troops to the region.

It’s essential that Congress use its powers to stop this march to war.

What Can Congress Do?

Each Member of Congress must speak up now in opposition to war with Iran. The voices who want a new war with Iran are speaking very loudly, building a narrative intended to stoke fear against Iran, including Iranian-Americans. Members of Congress must use their platform and issue statements immediately, stating their opposition to war with Iran.

Demand that Congress immediately pass a resolution to stop a war with Iran. Congress needs to act fast to stop Trump’s  march to war. Under the Constitution, it’s Congress — not the executive branch — that decides when we go to war. Congress should immediately pass a resolution ordering Trump to halt hostilities with Iran. It should also repeal the open-ended 2002 war authorization, which Trump has used to justify military action against Iranian interests.