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Sun May 26, 2019, 06:35 PM

More than 70 retired military leaders urge Trump not to go to war with Iran


More than 70 retired military leaders urge Trump not to go to war with Iran
Any conflict would come at "immense financial, human and geopolitical cost."
Luke Barnes
May 25, 2019, 12:28 pm


More than seventy former senior national security officials, including retired admirals, generals and ambassadors, have written an open letter to President Donald Trump urging restraint towards Iran as tensions ratchet up again in the Middle East.

The letter, which was first published on the website War on the Rocks and was coordinated by the American College of National Security Leaders, said that the accelerated deployment of troops and weapons to the region raised the potential of a deadly confrontation, either done on purpose or by accident.

“A war with Iran, either by choice or miscalculation, would produce dramatic repercussions in an already destabilized Middle East,” the letter read. “[It would] drag the United States into another armed conflict at immense financial, human, and geopolitical cost.”

“Crisis de-escalation measures should be established with the Iranian leadership at the senior levels of government,” the letter continued. “The protection of U.S. national interests in the Middle East and the safety of our friends and allies requires thoughtful statesmanship and aggressive diplomacy rather than unnecessary armed conflict.”


In the last two months tensions with Iran have ratcheted up significantly. Earlier in April the U.S. designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization — prompting Iran to retaliate by labeling all U.S. forces in the Middle East as part of a terrorist organization.

This week the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier was ordered to the Gulf, and on Friday the White House announced that they would be sending an extra 1,500 troops to the region to guard against perceived Iranian aggression. Over Congressional objections, the Trump administration has also moved forward with plans to sell $8 billion worth of weapons to Iranian adversaries Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates — despite the fact that US-sold weapons have been used by Saudi Arabia in its prolonged military campaign in Yemen where thousands of civilians have died.

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https://thinkprogress.org/more-than-70-retired-military-leaders-urge-trump-not-to-go-to-war-with-iran-6692389d1885/

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Sun May 26, 2019, 06:37 PM

1. But but but

He knows more than all of them

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Sun May 26, 2019, 07:17 PM

2. We can't do shit in Afghanistan, or Syria; can't do shit about Yemen, or Venezuela, and...

now Tangerine Turdlapper and his toady Bolton think they can do something in Iran.

Iran is huge-- over twice the size of Afghanistan and mostly mountains. 81,000,000 million people in 636,000 square miles.

BTW, 636, 000 square miles is the size of Alaska. Imagine the invasion force needed for that. We'd need at least one more tax cut to pay for it.

And a war there would no doubt shut off the Persian Gulf-- how about gas prices then?

I don't fear a declaration of war on Iran-- what I fear is another WW1 fuckup that starts an unintentional war.

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Sun May 26, 2019, 07:58 PM

3. K&R

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