Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Poll Analyses
Share on Facebook 33 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 1/12/20

Iran

By       (Page 1 of 2 pages) (View How Many People Read This)   3 comments
Author 7111
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Bernie Sanders
Become a Fan
  (130 fans)
Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders
(Image by photogism)
  Details   DMCA

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."

But 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 -- but 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.

Next Page  1  |  2

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

 

Must Read 1   Well Said 1   News 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Bernie Sanders Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Bernie Sanders is the independent U.S. Senator from Vermont. He is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history. He is a member of the Senate's Budget, Veterans, Environment, Energy, and H.E.L.P. (Health, Education, (more...)
 

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Sanders Response to Clinton's Speech on Jobs

Saving Our Democracy

Why Do Republicans Hate Social Security?

Vermont Senate Votes to Overturn Citizens United

I Support Hillary Clinton. So Should Everyone Who Voted for Me.

Saving American Democracy

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: