“This ought to put an end to dismissal of a U.S. war of choice with Iran as too idiotic to happen, and an end to the idea that if it did happen it would be an ‘accident,’ as opposed to immoral madness.”
The Times‘ reporting, later confirmed by ABC News and other outlets, was met with alarm by lawmakers and anti-war critics who have been warning for months that the Trump administration’s belligerence towards Iran could lead to an all-out military conflict.
“Since day one of the Trump administration it has been clear that this is where we were heading,” tweeted Stephen Miles, executive director of Win Without War. “A completely reckless foreign policy in which decisions are based on personal vengeance and zero regard for consequences. A team of advisors obsessed with going to war [with] Iran.”
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said in response to the Times report that the “place we have arrived at tonight on Iran is Donald Trump’s choice.”
“He chose escalation over diplomacy,” Murphy tweeted, “without any idea how to get out of the downward spiral he set in motion.”
Trump’s reported approval of military strikes against Iran came after hours of growing tensions, with the president telling reporters they would “soon find out” whether his administration plans to attack Iran following the downing of a U.S. surveillance aircraft.
Iran said the drone violated its airspace and accused U.S. officials of ignoring “repeated radio warnings.”
After American military officials claimed the drone was in international airspace when Iran shot it down, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted that the “U.S. is lying.”
Omar went on to address Trump directly, writing, “As a survivor of war, I want to tell you: going to war does not make you strong. It makes you weak.”
“Sending teenagers to die, or return with lifelong wounds seen and unseen, does not make you a bigger person. It makes you smaller,” Omar wrote. “I have seen firsthand the effects of war. Even in the best of cases, it never has the outcome you expect. War is death, displacement, and terror. War is hell.”