Leaders Side with Iran as Trump Admin Seeks to Counter Terror Regime
By Adam Kredo
May 22, 2019
congressional leaders held a press conference on Tuesday in which they sided
with Iran in an increasingly tense standoff that has pitted the hardline Islamic
regime against the Trump administration as it seeks to thwart Tehran's regional
Richard Durbin (D., Ill.) and other top Democrats lashed out at the Trump
administration over its efforts to isolate the Iranian regime, claiming in
talking points that mirror those from Iranian leadership that President Donald
Trump and his national security team are "itching for a confrontation with
Democrats, who have sought to obstruct the administration since it pulled out of
the the Obama administration's signature foreign policy achievement, the Iran
nuclear deal, have sought to stake out a foreign policy that sides with Tehran
in the ongoing dispute, which has seen the Islamic Republic sponsor a series of
terror attacks in the Middle East, including against American military assets.
no mistake, this president and his administration are itching for a
confrontation with Iran," Durbin said, repeating talking points issued by
Iran in recent weeks claiming that Trump is seeking another Iraq war.
at what they've done: Walked away from the agreement we had with allies,
unlikely allies, all around the world to stop the development of nuclear weapons
in Iran," Durbin said. "President Trump walked away. Then he declared
the Iran guard as a terrorist organization, then he increased the sanctions on
that country and then they leaked to the press they have a plan to form an
invasionary force of 120,000 American military."
Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, was recently designated as a foreign
terrorist organization by the Trump administration, the first ever designation
of an entire foreign military. The IRGC routinely conducts terror operations
outside of Iran's borders and has been instrumental in arming regional terror
groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.
can tell you this senator and many like me are going to resist any effort to
engage the United States in another war in the Middle East," Durbin said.
"The Constitution says that the Senate has the responsibility to make the
decision when it comes to decisions to go to war, along with the House of
Representatives. If this president thinks he can engage in another war in the
Middle East without resistance from Congress he is wrong."
Republican officials involved in the Iran debate dismissed Durbin's remarks as
part of a campaign by Democratic leaders to coddle Iran and reenter the nuclear
agreement that gave Tehran billions in cash windfalls that have since been spent
on sophisticated military equipment and terror operations, such as the IRGC's
involvement in the Syrian conflict.
are becoming the party of Iran," said one senior congressional source.
"They're echoing talking points against President Trump that they're
getting from Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif. They're saying we're the ones
provoking Iran because we labeled the IRGC a terrorist organization for killing
hundreds of Americans. Iran has been attacking America for 40 years and
Democrats are blaming America for it."
second veteran GOP foreign policy hand said the Democratic Party is courting
Iran as it seeks to obstruct the Trump administration on priorities both foreign
Democrats really want to run a national election aligning with the world's
leading state sponsor of terrorism in threatening to kill Americans, wipe Israel
off the map, and extort the world with nuclear threats?" asked the source,
who would only discuss the matter on background. "Democrats shouldn't
side with radical mullahs when they threaten to murder Americans."