2020 Democrats: Iran airstrike ‘reckless,’ ‘could cost countless lives’

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2020 Democratic presidential candidates spoke out after President Trump on Thursday approved an airstrike in Baghdad that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force.

The move is a major escalation of tensions between the U.S. and Iran, with Iran vowing “harsh retaliation” in response.

Former Vice President and Democratic front-runner Joe Biden tweeted a statement late Thursday that “No American will mourn Qassem Soleimani’s passing,” but cautioned that Trump’s order could leave the U.S. “on the brink of a major conflict across the Middle East.” 

“No American will mourn Qassem Soleimani’s passing. He deserved to be brought to justice for his crimes against American troops and thousands of innocents across the region. He supported terror and sowed chaos. None of that negates the fact that this is a hugely escalatory move in an already dangerous region,” Biden said. 

The Pentagon confirmed late Thursday that Trump ordered the attack at Baghdad International Airport that killed Soleimani in addition to Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted Thursday, warning that “Trump’s dangerous escalation brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars.” 

“Trump promised to end endless wars, but this action puts us on the path to another one,” Sanders continued. 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Biden in condemning Soleimani, saying he was “a murderer, responsible for the deaths of thousands, including hundreds of Americans.” 

“But this reckless move escalates the situation with Iran and increases the likelihood of more deaths and new Middle East conflict. Our priority must be to avoid another costly war,” she continued. 

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign press secretary released the mayor’s statement on the airstrike Friday, 
“As a former military intelligence officer on the ground in Afghanistan, I was trained to ask the hard questions before acting. A Commander-in-Chief must do the same,” Buttigieg said.
“Before engaging in military action that could destabilize an entire region, we must take a strategic, deliberate approach that includes consultation with Congress, our allies, and stakeholders in the Middle East,” he added. 


Entrepreneur Andrew Yang tweeted calling for resolving tensions in the region

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) appeared on MSNBC Thursday night, saying that the Iranian general has “American blood on his hands,” but Booker called on leaders to “look at the larger strategic situation in that area.” 

“We have a president who has had, really, a failure in his Iranian policy, who has had no larger strategic plan and has made that region less stable and less safe, not only for Americans, but for other countries.” 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) tweeted a statement saying “the timing, manner, and potential consequences of the administration’s actions raise serious questions and concerns about an escalating conflict,” adding that “The [Trump] Administration needs to fully consult with Congress on its decision-making, response plans, and strategy for preventing a wider conflict.” 

Author Marianne Williamson tweeted, “Prayers for peace. Killing of Qasem Solemani by US military was one of the most reckless irresponsible actions ever directed by a US President. Congress deserves condemnation for allowing it (NDAA) and Americans need to understand this: War with Iran would be totally disastrous.” 

 Updated at 12:42 p.m. 

Tags 2020 Democrats Amy Klobuchar Andrew Yang Bernie Sanders Cory Booker Donald Trump Elizabeth Warren Iran strike Joe Biden Marianne Williamson Pete Buttigieg Twitter
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