Monday, September 24, 2018

Trump using George W. Bush's playbook, re: Iran

Tomorrow, Donald Trump will lead a United Nations Security Council meeting on Iran. Yes, that is as bad as it sounds.

Dear MoveOn member,

Tomorrow, Donald Trump will lead a United Nations Security Council meeting on Iran.1 

Yes, that is as bad as it sounds. 

Trump has pulled out of multilateral agreements with other countries—such as the historic Iran deal that MoveOn members played a central role in defending and the Paris climate agreement that would protect the environment for generations to come. He's also instituted a Muslim Ban—which includes banning immigration from Iran.

Trump is alienating global allies and torching international respect for the U.S. by the minute. 

Meanwhile, his drumbeat for war with Iran is accelerating. Now, instead of focusing on diplomacy and peace, Trump seems to be taking a note out of George W. Bush's playbook to focus on nonexistent "weapons of mass destruction."2

We can't let another Iraq War happen on our watch. 

Can you take this quick, five-minute survey on what you believe the U.S. role should be in the world so we can share MoveOn member voices directly with congressional candidates and the media?

As we're 43 days out from this year's high-stakes election that could potentially flip the House—and, now, possibly even the Senate—this is the moment to make sure that all candidates and incumbents hear us loud and clear about what we want from them for our global policies. Taking the survey will help us do that.  

For years, Congress has abandoned its responsibilities of oversight and accountability for where the U.S. military intervenes, allowing the administration to expand bombing campaigns and interventions with no repercussions. They have also passed bloated military budgets instead of investing some of the money into programs that lift up everyone, such as Social Security and Medicare. 

Can you take a quick survey and leave a comment on what you see as the role of Congress in global policies during the Trump era?

If we get enough people to participate in this survey, we'll share the results out widely so candidates and the public hear our voices.  

Thanks for all you do.

–Iram, Schuyler, Chris, Erica, and the rest of the team


1. "Trump's tough line on Iran could rankle world leaders at UN General Assembly," USA Today, September 21, 2018

2. "Trump's Iran move reminds some of run-up to Iraq war," Reuters, May 10, 2018

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