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DeFazio: 'War with Iran would be a mistake'

Congressman Peter DeFazio held a press conference reacting to the attack and his thoughts about a potential war with Iran.

Posted: Jan 6, 2020 5:34 PM
Updated: Jan 6, 2020 5:40 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Congressman Peter DeFazio held a press conference Monday, reacting to rising tensions with Iran.

Following the recent U.S. drone strike that killed one of Iran's top military leaders, General Qasem Soleimani, DeFazio shared his thoughts about a potential war.

He said President Donald Trump's decision to leave the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 gave them the opportunity to move forward on developing a nuclear weapon.

DeFazio said he can't even begin to imagine how this will unfold, but he did call on his constituents to take action.

"You see the protests in the Middle East over the killing of Soleimani, where hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq and Iran and elsewhere turned out, well, we need hundreds of thousands of people to turn out here in the United States and protest the idea of going to war with Iran," said DeFazio.

He also called Trump's rationale for the attack in the first place misguided, saying that when Trump said Soleimani played a part in the 9/11 attacks, that wasn't true.

"ISIS is Sunni," he said. "Soleimani is famous for eradicating ISIS and nowhere in the 9/11 or any other intelligence is there any hint that there is any involvement by Iran in the 9/11 attacks."

He said he believes Congress will try and take away the "weak read" the Trump Administration is relying upon to go to war.

He also said that the decision to kill Soleimani was rejected by the Obama and George W. Bush administrations.

"Both President Bush and President Obama both considered and rejected taking out Soleimani," said DeFazio. "He was a bad guy. But they rejected it because they knew the consequences would be extraordinary."

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