Trump ramps up Iran threats as American lives hang in the balance
After the Trump administration’s strike killing Iranian Gen. Soleimani last week—and its apparent lack of any coherent strategy to deal with the fallout—Trump’s Twitter feed once again put our national security at risk. Trump further escalated the threat of war by threatening additional attacks on Iran—including on Iranian cultural sites, which would likely be a war crime.
National security experts agree that Trump’s actions have not made Americans safer, and that his administration owes the public and Congress an explanation ASAP:
- John Brennan, former CIA director: “I am worried about Americans…who may in fact be the target for some type of attack to take revenge for the death of [Soleimani]…We are now at a point where it’s very much unknown what Iran is going to do next.”
- Kelly Magsamen, former National Security Council staff member under Democratic and Republican presidents: “Americans are less safe because Trump killed Soleimani. Tactical decapitation does not solve the Iran problem. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps still exists, and its attacks on U.S. interests will likely increase.”
- Ned Price, former CIA officer and Obama administration official: “[The Trump] administration owes not only Congress, which was not consulted before [the Soleimani killing], but the American people a full explanation as to why they took this risky, this escalatory path.”
- Daniel Benaim, former Middle East policy adviser and foreign policy speechwriter in the Obama White House: “It appears that in undertaking the strike, the Trump administration may have sacrificed a valuable American counterterrorism partnership with Iraq at the altar of a risky pressure campaign against Iran with no end in sight.”