Even as President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday night that “all is well” with regard to Iranian strikes at a U.S. military base in Iraq, angry and frustrated progressives hit back at the U.S. leader’s reckless drive to war.
“The American people do not want a war with Iran,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) told a presidential campaign rally crowd in Brooklyn shortly after the strikes.
Around a dozen Iranian missiles—launched in retaliation for Trump’s order last week to assassinate Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani—hit the al-Asad U.S. airbase Tuesday night.
Trump’s decisions, that have now put the two nations squarely on the brink of outright war, have infuriated progressives opposed to escalated conflict with Iran.
“I just want to say this very clearly, that a war with Iran is madness, and it is strategically and morally a disaster in the making, and don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise,” said MSNBC host Chris Hayes as he closed out the network’s 8pm hour.
Hayes wasn’t alone in criticizing the march to war from the U.S. military establishment and its media allies. Al Jazeera journalist Sana Saeed pointed out on Twitter that the power differentials between the two countries aren’t being discussed in context by the U.S. media. That’s a problem, Saeed said.
“In case it’s being lost in the jingoism: Iran and the US are not equal partners,” said Saeed. “Not in the world, not in violence; their relationship is asymmetrical because one actually has the power to crumble the other and has used that power for decades to hurt innocent civilians.”
The innocent civilians at risk in the latest eruption of tensions between the two countries are, of course, Iraqis. The country’s decades-long oppression under the American boot was noted by peace advocacy group CodePink.
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