Durbin: Trump Admin Should Think Twice About Starting Another Middle Eastern War

WASHINGTON – Following yesterday’s briefing by Trump Administration officials about Iran, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called President Donald Trump’s policy in Iran “provocative” and “incomprehensible,” and warned against another reckless war in the Middle East. 

“President Trump’s policy, at the direction of Mr. Bolton, seems to have only increased regional tensions, incentivized Iran to restart its nuclear program, and fomented a pretext for another Middle Eastern war,” Durbin said.  “When I hear our advisors, in general terms, talk about short wars, I think about Iraq and I think about Afghanistan and the fact that 18 years later, with gravestones all across the United States, we are still paying the price for decisions that were made so long ago.  Let us think twice before we engage in direct military confrontation with any country, and certainly with Iran.” 

Video of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor are available here.

Audio of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here.

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In 2015, Durbin led the effort in the Senate that ultimately allowed the Iran Nuclear Agreement to proceed, securing enough votes to block an effort to derail it.