UPDATE (06/13/19): After two oil tankers were attacked off the coast of Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quickly claimed Iran was responsible, escalating tensions in the region.
In April of 2018, Trump appointed John Bolton, a known Iran hawk who served in the Bush White House, as his National Security Advisor. Bolton’s position that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction prompted the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq. One month after Bolton’s appointment, the Trump administration announced the United States would withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal, a diplomatic agreement reached in 2015 to ensure Iran does not develop nuclear weapons. The highly criticized decision began a downward spiral in US-Iran relations.
Over the last few months, the Trump administration has escalated its hawkish rhetoric about Iran, prompting concerns that the White House is now trying to push Iran into war.
We must not stumble into another costly, tragic and endless war in the Middle East. Congress must step up and speak out against any invasion of Iran and assert their constitutional war power authority.