Tulsi Gabbard: We Are ‘on the Brink of War with Iran’

Tulsi Gabbard: We Are ‘on the Brink of War with Iran’


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
Contributor on The Bipartisan Press

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With Donald Trump committing to send 1,500 US troops to the Middle East, the United States is moving toward a war footing with Iran, according to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).

“We’re unfortunately, and very concerningly, on the brink of war with Iran. These escalating tensions have brought us here,” said Gabbard, also one of nearly two dozen Democrats running for president. “And like I said, my experience as a solder having deployed twice to the Middle East, service in Congress on the Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Committees for over six years, I’m very familiar with the region, the cost of war and where this path leads us. And the American people need to understand how devastating and costly such a war would be, how it would impact almost every part of our lives.

“It would undermine our national security, it would strengthen terrorist groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda, it would take a terrible human toll,” added Gabbard, who also serves with the rank of major in the Hawaii Army National Guard. “The cost of countless American service members’ lives. My brothers and sisters in uniform. The cost to civilians in the region. Increasing the refugee crisis across Europe and it would cost trillions of dollars, trillions of dollars that would come out of our pockets, taxpayers’ pockets to pay for this endless war, resources that we would not be able to use for things like rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure.”

Trump, however, when he ran for president, campaigned against US military involvement in the Middle East, particularly the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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