“This is a significant escalation by the Iranians, and proof that claims that the killing of Qasem Soleimani was a de-escalating move were wrong.”
WASHINGTON, DC — This is a statement from Iraq War veteran and Chairman of VoteVets, Jon Soltz, on tonight’s retaliatory strike by Iran:
“This is a significant escalation by the Iranians, and proof that claims that the killing of Qasem Soleimani was a de-escalating move were wrong. Unfortunately (and we pray we are wrong) this may not be the ‘main event’ of their response.
“Donald Trump unleashed the spiral downward towards a deadly, reckless war with Iran as soon as he pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, and sent it into warp drive when he gave the order to kill a wildly popular Iranian leader.
“I was in Iraq, in 2011, and faced attacks from Iranian proxies. This is bigger, because Iran’s IRGC has claimed responsibility, not their proxies, and it seems this is the first time attacks have come from within Iran. That is a major escalation. The next move may be all-out war, from Donald Trump, that will cost us tens of thousands – if not hundreds of thousands – of American lives. We beg Congress to step in and rein in this reckless president.”