Bolton Fired, Iran And Retired US Military Leaders Urge Restraint

first published on September 13, 2019 by

In the wake of National Security Advisor John Bolton’s firing by the President earlier in the week, Iranian officials as well as retired US military leaders are urging restraint regarding the use of military force against Iran moving forward.

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A letter produced by retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, and signed by a handful of other high-ranking retired military officers called on Congress to pass legislation blocking a declaration of war with Iran without congressional approval.

“A full-scale military conflict with Iran would be a huge and costly undertaking … It’s a lesson we’ve learned before as a nation, at great cost. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost us a lot in blood and treasure. We know that war with Iran would require hundreds of thousands of American service members to deploy and could result in even larger numbers of American casualties and injuries ― alongside an unknown number of civilian deaths,” a portion of the letter read.

Signatories of the letter include retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson; retired Marine one-star general Stephen Cheney, retired Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, retired Brig. Gen. Lief Hendrickson, Rear Adm. Mike Mathis, Lt. Gen. Charles Otstott, Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock, Maj. Gen. Eric Olson, and Capt. Gale Pollock.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani applauded Trump’s firing of Bolton who he called a “warmonger” and also suggested easing the “maximum pressure policy.”

Iran talked big game with threats and attacks against Western-interest oil tankers, but soon succumbed to crushing economic sanctions. It appears they’re hoping to pin blame of the tensions on the outgoing National Security Advisor, with further hopes of negotiating anew with President Trump.

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