Stop Trump’s war with Iran!

On January 3, Trump ordered an airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. He then provoked Iran further, deploying thousands of troops to the Middle East, threatening to bomb Iran’s cultural sites (which is a war crime), and vowing excessive force should Iran retaliate to these acts of aggression in any way.

In other words, with no authorization from Congress, the president committed an act of war that — for no rational reason — sets the U.S. on a path toward yet another bloody, endless, unnecessary war overseas.

We must stop this madness, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands of lives at stake. 

How did we arrive here, three years after Obama left us with our most promising relationship with Iran in decades? Trump has stoked war with Iran from the moment he took office. His Muslim Ban blocked Iranians from travel to and from the U.S. Trump broke U.S. commitments under the Iran nuclear deal and imposed crippling sanctions on Iran’s economy, hurting Iranian citizens in the process. The killing of Soleimani is the latest, and the most dangerous, in a three-year escalation by Trump to launch a war in Iran. 

As a result, Iran has released all nuclear restrictions it was still abiding by, even in the face of Trump’s betrayal. And neighboring Iraq’s parliament has voted on a resolution to expel US forces – so Trump has threatened sanctions on Iraq’s already-fragile (because of our unnecessary war) economy as well. We are on the precipice of an unnecessary and bloody new warfront, adding to our two-decade-old body count.

And all of our acts of warfare since September 11, including Trump’s moves the past few days, have been conducted outside the purview of Congress, who willingly gave Bush, Obama, and now Trump the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF)…which has led to nearly two decades of endless, expansive war, unhindered and unchecked by Congressional vote or public debate.