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Democrats Call for Oversight After Trump's Iran Airstrikes Reversal
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=492"><span class="small">Ed Pilkington, Guardian UK</span></a>   
Friday, 21 June 2019 13:13

Pilkington writes: "Senior US Democrats led the outcry on Friday against Donald Trump's dramatic almost-launch of military action on Iran and the last-minute pullback - calling the crisis 'self-inflicted' by America and pressing for a swift de-escalation."

Elizabeth Warren: 'There is no justification for further escalating this crisis - we need to step back from the brink of war.' (photo: Paul Sancya/AP)
Elizabeth Warren: 'There is no justification for further escalating this crisis - we need to step back from the brink of war.' (photo: Paul Sancya/AP)


Democrats Call for Oversight After Trump's Iran Airstrikes Reversal

By Ed Pilkington, Guardian UK

21 June 19


Warren accused Trump of instigating ‘another unnecessary conflict’ while Biden called it a ‘self-inflicted disaster’

enior US Democrats led the outcry on Friday against Donald Trump’s dramatic almost-launch of military action on Iran and the last-minute pullback – calling the crisis “self-inflicted” by America and pressing for a swift de-escalation.

They also demanded oversight from Congress on decisions involving any eventual strikes.

Elizabeth Warren, the senator from Massachusetts who is gaining traction in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, accused the president of instigating “another unnecessary conflict”. She said: “There is no justification for further escalating this crisis – we need to step back from the brink of war.”

Joe Biden, the current frontrunner in the Democratic contest for the 2020 election, had a personal take on the crisis as one half of the previous Obama-Biden administration, which in 2015 secured a nuclear deal with Iran. He lamented that by tearing up that agreement last year, Trump had only succeeded in making Tehran more aggressive in what he called a “self-inflicted disaster”.

In a Twitter stream posted a few hours before Trump’s decision to turn back from military strikes, Biden added that “by walking away from diplomacy, Trump has made military conflict more likely. Another war in the Middle East is the last thing we need.”

Bernie Sanders, another leading contender for the Democratic nomination for the White House, was one of several to point out the authority vested in Congress to declare war – a power that has become heavily eroded since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US. “Congress must assert its constitutional authority and stop Trump from going to war,” he said.

While most Democrats were focused on the risk of war, some decried the almost haphazard manner in which Trump had called off airstrikes with just minutes to spare. Trump said he made the decision after he was informed that the strikes could cause the loss of up to 150 Iranian lives – but in that case, Democrats wanted to know, why was he informed so late in the process?

Anthony Brown, the Democratic vice-chairman of the House armed services committee, told CNN: “But 10 minutes before a potential strike against Iran – that demonstrates a broken system, a lack of understanding and knowledge by our commander-in-chief.”

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+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-21 14:50
Warren is right: there is no justification for further escalating any conflict with Iran. I wish more people would say this openly and forcefully. And they should also lay the blame where it belongs -- on Trump, but also on Bolton, Pompeo, and their mentor Netanyahoo. Trump is only the useful idiot in this crowd.

It is interesting that Trump called off the bomb attack at the last moment.

Could it be that he did not want to make the decision to kill 150 people or more? If so, that is a good sign. I fail to see why calling off a stupid and illegal bombing mission demonstrates a broken system or a lack of understanding. I see this as one of the very few times the system worked -- reason and good sense won out over bloodlust. This time the commander in chief acted like the civilian commander and told the military to pull back. That's how it should work.
 
 
+5 # indian weaving 2019-06-22 05:32
Don't believe a word Trump says. Nobody believes him when he says he called off any attack to save lives. He remains clueless and a liar, cannot say an honest word or speak any truth, period. You can be certain nobody in the USA government is talking facts.
 
 
-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-23 06:16
i.w. -- yes, I don't believe a word he says. He's playing to the crowd. But still it does appear that there is a rift developing between Trump and his troika of terror: Bolton, Pompeo, Haspel. Bolton is clearly pissed at the cancellation of the strike. He went immediately to meet with his master, Netanyahoo.

I hope Trump will fire Bolton and Pompeo.

The article above is very vague but I think many democrats, including Warren, would have liked to see the bombing go through.

I would bet that next week at the debates, the democrats will get the question "what would you have done"? It will be very interesting to see their responses.

Even if Trump is lying it is still good that he said he did not want to kill 150 people. It is good that he thinks in terms of "proportionalit y" between the loss of human life and a stupid drone.

Finally, Trump said he did not want a war with Iran because the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and all the rest have been such failures. He does not want a war loss on his record. I think he is actually telling the truth here.