Trump is bringing the US closer to a ‘very stupid and costly war with Iran’, warns Tulsi Gabbard

Donald Trump and Tulsi Gabbard
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Donald Trump is on “the brink of launching” the US into war with Iran, warns 2020 presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard.

The military veteran and Major in the US Army National Guard blasted Trump in a new campaign video, slamming the possibility of “a very stupid and costly war with Iran”:

 

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It is perhaps the most forthright and ominous of all her statements on foreign policy. And she notes that the US invasion and occupation of Iraq killed over 4,000 US troops and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, strengthened Daesh (Isis/Isil) and al-Qaeda, and wasted trillions of dollars.

The same people who pushed the US into invading Iraq are pushing it into war with Iran

Gabbard argues that Trump’s listening to:

his national security advisor John Bolton and other warhawks in his administration who have championed the war with Iraq in the past and who have been pushing for war with Iran for years.

Having made foreign policy a central plank in her bid for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination, she pulled no punches, saying:

So now, we’re being lied to again, as Bolton and Trump push us closer and closer to a war with Iran that would prove far more costly and devastating than anything we experienced in Iraq.

Trump says he doesn’t want war with Iran

According to the New York Times:

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… while his senior diplomats began searching for ways to defuse the tensions.

But we must contrast these reports with the actions of his government.

Actions speak louder than words

Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement (the JCPOA) despite the fact that – according to Britain, France, and Germany – the International Atomic Energy Agency:

has confirmed in 12 consecutive reports that Iran is abiding by its commitments under the Agreement.

He then proceeded to slap illegal sanctions onto the country. In March, his administration tightened the sanctions even further. In May, the Iranian government finally announced that they would suspend some of their obligations under the agreement. Bolton, meanwhile, has ordered military planners to draw up preparations to send 120,000 US troops to the Middle East. And the US has re-routed a fleet of warships on a training exercise towards the Persian Gulf. This decision apparently concerned the Spanish defence secretary enough that she ordered a Spanish ship to withdraw from the US-led fleet, though she said it was a “technical” and not a “political” move. The BBC also reports that “Dutch and German soldiers said they had suspended their military training programmes in [Iraq]”.

Former US colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who served in three Republican administrations, also warned in April that the US was moving closer to war with Iran. And the New York Times cited an anonymous official who echoed this position.

In short, even if Trump doesn’t want war with Iran, he has surrounded himself with people who certainly appear to.

Featured image via Tulsi Gabbard/YouTube and Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs/YouTube

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    1. Assuming the US doesn’t resort to nukes (in which case it’s all over), I think it may find itself facing so many enemies at once, with parallel efforts to crash the dollar, that when it loses it will not have the transport or the funds to be able to bring thousands upon thousands of its own troops home. They’ll be stranded around the world and have to make their own way back, or rely on the country they find themselves in to get them home. I think it’s possible.

    2. While I greatly respect Tulsi for her service to our country and I believe she’s the best bet for the Democrat Party, I have to say she’s way far from the mark on this. She obviously hasn’t studied Trump’s achievements in dealing with “problem” countries and also has not paid attention to what President Trump has stated about “no more wars”. The war drums were beating for North Korea three years ago. While Trump was calling Kim “Little fat man” and “Rocket man” appearing to incite more animosity between our countries, behind the scenes, he was brokering peace. The clear indication was the Olympic Games where Korea was presented as one country…not North Korea as one country and South Korea as another country. The problem with North Korea was the CIA had total control there. Trump’s team got the CIA out of there.

      The next problem with war drums banging away was recently with Venezuela. Trump shouting Guido was the legal President, not Maduro. Bolton and Pompeo spouting the people of V were starving because of Maduro, totally ignoring he was the duly elected President of that country. The CIA, again, was heavily involved in V and trying to overthrow Maduro but his Military was 100% behind him. End result: Many of Guido’s guerillas have been arrested, some fled the country and now Guido is all by himself… Where’s the war the MSM was drumming up for the brain dead? Trump never intended to have a war with Venezuela…it was all show…theater and it’s very apparent Tulsi has bought a front row seat ticket to the MSM propaganda. The same will hold true for Iran. It’s just a different theater and a different show.

      Tulsi is a very nice person but she’s not Presidential material (none running on the Dem ticket are). I have no seat in office, yet I’m well aware of the game being played. Forget all the warmongering splayed out by MSM. Trump is dedicated to his word about no more wars and you can take THAT to the bank:) :::gee…I wonder where I heard that before?::::

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