‘Trump’s dangerous escalation brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars…’
(Liberty Headlines) Predictably, in the era of Trump and extreme partisanship on the Left, the days of yore when Americans would rally around the flag in the face of a foreign threat are gone.
Instead, the current candidates hoping to face the President Donald Trump in this year’s general election rallied around their party, casting aside their recent infighting to find a common enemy in the commander-in-chief.
Former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that Trump has “tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox” with the targeted killing of Iran‘s top general in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport.
Biden joined other Democratic White House hopefuls in criticizing Trump’s order, saying it could leave the U.S. “on the brink of a major conflict across the Middle East.”
The Pentagon said the U.S. military killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, in Baghdad Friday at the direction of Trump. The attack is expected to draw severe Iranian retaliation against Israeli and American interests.
After Iran-backed militia groups breached the U.S. embassy in Baghdad this week, the Defense Department said Soleimani “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”
Another Democratic front-runner, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, released a statement saying, “Trump’s dangerous escalation brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars.”
Democrats acknowledged the threat posed by Soleimani, with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren calling him “a murderer, responsible for the deaths of thousands, including hundreds of Americans.”
However, she added, Trump’s “reckless move escalates the situation with Iran and increases the likelihood of more deaths and new Middle East conflict.”
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang tweeted: “War with Iran is the last thing we need and is not the will of the American people. We should be acting to deescalate tensions and protect our people in the region.”
The attack also drew criticism from Democrats who aren’t running for president.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the administration conducted the airstrike without consultation of Congress or an authorization for use of military force against Iran.
As has often been the case under Trump’s predecessors, such actions in the face of imminent danger are the president’s prerogative under the War Powers Act.
Neither were the Iranians, and for pretty much the same reason https://t.co/M1LSVjsFVO
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) January 3, 2020
Nonetheless, Pelosi said it “risks provoking further dangerous escalation of violence.”
But Republicans on Capitol Hill stood behind Trump. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said: “I appreciate President Trump’s bold action against Iranian aggression. To the Iranian government: if you want more, you will get more.”
And Sen. James Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said: “America does not and should not seek war, but it will respond in kind to those who threaten our citizens, soldiers and friends—as the President has long promised. De-escalation is preferable and possible—but only if our adversaries choose it.”
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press