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Washington - White House 2020 Hopefuls Turn To Foreign Policy, Slam Trump On Iran

Published on: May 19, 2019 10:00 PM
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) speaks about the formation of the Congressional Servicewomen and Women Veterans Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 15, 2019.      REUTERS/Joshua RobertsRep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) speaks about the formation of the Congressional Servicewomen and Women Veterans Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 15, 2019.    REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Washington - Two Democrats with U.S. military experience who are vying for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination shifted the focus of the race to foreign policy on Sunday, criticizing Republican President Donald Trump for escalating tensions with Iran that could lead to war.

The relationship between Washington and Tehran has become increasingly strained in recent weeks, raising concerns about a potential U.S.-Iran conflict.

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Trump and hawkish foreign policy advisers like national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo want Tehran to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Trump has tightened economic sanctions against Iran, aimed at forcing its leaders into negotiations. Pompeo last year outlined a list of demands on Iran that critics said showed he was pushing for regime change.

Representative Tulsi Gabbard, one of 24 Democrats vying for the White House nomination, said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that Trump was “leading us down this dangerous path towards a war with Iran.”

“He says he doesn’t want it, but the actions of him and his administration, people like John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, tell us a very different story. They are setting the stage for a war with Iran that would prove to be far more costly, far more devastating and dangerous than anything that we saw in the Iraq war,” Gabbard said.

Trump has said he is not pushing for war with Iran. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he promised to stay out of overseas conflicts, saying the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were too costly.

In May 2018, Trump withdrew the United States from a multinational deal with Iran negotiated by the Obama administration that reduced economic sanctions on Tehran in exchange for scaling back its nuclear program. Trump criticized the deal as weak, saying he would negotiate a stronger one.

Gabbard, 38, enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and was twice deployed to the Middle East. Gabbard has said she is running for president to end regime-change wars, though she currently trails most of her 2020 opponents in opinion polls.

Another White House hopeful, Representative Seth Moulton, a 40-year-old former U.S. Marine Corps officer who did four tours in Iraq, told “This Week” that if the Trump administration sends additional troops to the Gulf it could “drag us into war.”

“Make no mistake, this is exactly what John Bolton wants to have happen,” said Moulton, who also trails in 2020 opinion polls. “The world is so dangerous when you have a weak commander in chief in the president of the United States.”

Moulton counts as a mentor former Vice President Joe Biden, who currently leads the 2020 Democratic field in support. When asked why Democratic primary voters should back him over his mentor, Moulton said: “I think it’s time for the generation that fought in Iraq and Afghanistan to take over for the generation that sent us there.”

Gabbard resigned her post at the Democratic National Committee in 2016 when Hillary Clinton was the nominee because she said the former secretary of state’s foreign policy positions were too hawkish. Gabbard was asked by ABC if that also applied to Biden, given both he and Clinton served in the Obama administration.

“We’ll see what Vice President Biden’s foreign policy vision is for this country. We may agree on some issues, disagree on others,” Gabbard said.



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 May 19, 2019 at 11:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Erratic impulsive warmonger Trump tweeted today he will 'destroy' Iran. He's literally off his rocker. Do you have mishpocheh in Israel? If attacked by the USA, Iran will immediately attack israel with its full arsenal. This is Trump's Reishtag Fire, to dustract from his tax problems and impeachment. Is this why the alt-yidden voted for him? The pressure is getting to him. There's a price for blind conformity to a deranged fuhrer. You may have heard about such a thing...

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 May 20, 2019 at 07:19 AM Educated Archy Says:

If Iran is the issue president trump has mine and any sane frum Jews vote
. We support the man who will stand up to Iran . There is a reason why the peanut farmer lost so badly in 1980. The Iranians made a Purim out of carter

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 May 20, 2019 at 09:52 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Erratic impulsive warmonger Trump tweeted today he will 'destroy' Iran. He's literally off his rocker. Do you have mishpocheh in Israel? If attacked by the USA, Iran will immediately attack israel with its full arsenal. This is Trump's Reishtag Fire, to dustract from his tax problems and impeachment. Is this why the alt-yidden voted for him? The pressure is getting to him. There's a price for blind conformity to a deranged fuhrer. You may have heard about such a thing...

Go to hell kapo scum. It was your messiah the obamanation who gave them money and access to billions more to use to fund hamas and hezbollah. You think when Iran gets nukes they won't attack Israel, at least now the US will be in the fight and Israel will be allowed to retaliate. If Iran attacks America they should be wiped out for some reason you would support Iran if it attacks America, you are scum

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 May 20, 2019 at 10:55 AM Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Go to hell kapo scum. It was your messiah the obamanation who gave them money and access to billions more to use to fund hamas and hezbollah. You think when Iran gets nukes they won't attack Israel, at least now the US will be in the fight and Israel will be allowed to retaliate. If Iran attacks America they should be wiped out for some reason you would support Iran if it attacks America, you are scum

You are Exhibit A, for an angry intolerant, one who accepts no disagreement and who disparages anyone who does disagree. Your behavior is much closer to the fascists you decry than is that of whoever posted comment #1.

Facts are...and they are facts...that just about the entire Western world recoiled from the war mongering apparently fostered by Bolton...and even Lord Trumpty Dumpty walked it back over the weekend.

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 May 20, 2019 at 12:22 PM Anonymous Says:

the democraps have bowed down since the time peanut head. When President Regan enter the White House they returned the hostages. Now we finally got a strong President. Iran is not threating. Remember obumma did you big big mistakes when he make the iranian deal and give them pallets of money. The cancel deal sent a message of strength. THe only things the democraps know is to tax, steal and bend. Look at biden where his son has received billions, and also the Ukraine

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 May 20, 2019 at 07:36 PM Hashomer's Friend Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Erratic impulsive warmonger Trump tweeted today he will 'destroy' Iran. He's literally off his rocker. Do you have mishpocheh in Israel? If attacked by the USA, Iran will immediately attack israel with its full arsenal. This is Trump's Reishtag Fire, to dustract from his tax problems and impeachment. Is this why the alt-yidden voted for him? The pressure is getting to him. There's a price for blind conformity to a deranged fuhrer. You may have heard about such a thing...

Hashomer, I ran into your mother today at the pharmacy and she said she is refilling your prescriptions. Hopefully by tomorrow you will be back on your meds.

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 May 20, 2019 at 09:13 PM Feh Says:

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Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

You are Exhibit A, for an angry intolerant, one who accepts no disagreement and who disparages anyone who does disagree. Your behavior is much closer to the fascists you decry than is that of whoever posted comment #1.

Facts are...and they are facts...that just about the entire Western world recoiled from the war mongering apparently fostered by Bolton...and even Lord Trumpty Dumpty walked it back over the weekend.

I truly hope you’re not Jewish. If u are, please get help.

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