AOC: Iran strike was an ‘act of war’ by Trump and Congress must 'stop this war'

Adam Warner
January 04, 2020 - 2:22 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says the U.S. military strike on Iran’s top military commander was an “act of war” by President Trump and that Congress must “stop this war.”

AOC wrote on Twitter that “the President engaged in what is widely being recognized as an act of war against Iran, one that now risks the lives of millions of innocent people.”

She says Congress has a “moral and legal obligation to reassert its power to stop this war and protect innocent people from horrific consequences.”

The firebrand rep says Congress has “two immediate options.”

One option, she says, is to “vote on a War Powers Resolution, which requires Trump to attain Congressional approval.”

She says the second option is to “reintroduce & vote on Rep. Ro Khanna’s bipartisan NDAA amendment, which blocks $ offensive action to Iran.”

AOC, who is a Democratic socialist, went on to tweet that “war is a class conflict, too.”

“The rich and powerful who open war escape the consequences of their decisions. It’s not their children sent into the jaws of violence,” she wrote. “It is often the vulnerable, the poor, & working people -who had little to no say in conflict - who pay the price.”

Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force and mastermind of its regional security strategy, was killed early Friday near the Baghdad international airport along with senior Iraqi militants in an airstrike ordered by Trump. The attack has caused regional tensions to soar and tested the U.S. alliance with Iraq.

Iran has vowed harsh retaliation, raising fears of an all-out war, but it's unclear how or when it might respond. Any retaliation was likely to come after three days of mourning declared by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. All eyes were on Iraq, where America and Iran have competed for influence since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Trump has been on a confrontational path with Iran since even before he took office, when he pledged to end the Iran nuclear deal signed by Obama. He insisted he doesn't want war and the killing of Soleimani wasn't meant to provoke the Islamic Republic.

“We took action last night to stop a war,” Trump said. “We did not take action to start a war.”

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