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Tanker burning in the Gulf of Oman

It is essential that the House declare an impeachment investigation before Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo start a war with Iran.

Any war with Iran would be hugely stupid, but the public will jump on the bandwagon and rally to the president, no matter how stupid and pretextual the excuse for war is, and then it will be politically impossible to impeach Trump.

Two more tankers suffered attacks in the Gulf of Oman, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was eager to blame Iran. But this smacks of the notorious Gulf of Tonkin incident that President Johnson used as his cheap excuse to invade Vietnam, and we know how badly that turned out.

War with Iran will make the Vietnam War look like a picnic because, whatever their recent political squabbles, the current regime in Iran has far more domestic support than did any of the governments that tried to operate in South Vietnam while we occupied the country, or than Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq, to pick a more directly obvious antecedent. Iraqis did not welcome us as liberators, as U.S. officials foolishly predicted before we invaded Iraq. The people of Iran will fight back much more effectively still.

The political leaders of Iran are sane. They stand to gain nothing by attacking the United States.

Trump and Pompeo are crazy and think they will reap political benefit from starting a war with Iran, or at least attacking Iran. They’re the crazy ones. Attacking Iran is obviously a really bad idea.

When Obama left office, despite considerable Republican stupidity, the U.S. relationship with Iran was at a peak, and most informed observers concurred that the agreement the U.S. had brokered with the Iranians to limit their nuclear program was a good one and that Iran was complying.

Just because he is stupid and he does what Republicans want him to do, Trump withdrew from the agreement. This was a huge mistake on his part, and looks suspiciously like yet another planned attack on another nation for no good reason, just like the invasion of Iraq.

All thinking people should stand up and loudly denounce any move to attack Iran in any way. There is no good reason for the U.S. to attack Iran. There is no rational reason why they would attack tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The whole situation stinks to high heaven.

And the House should declare an impeachment investigation immediately.

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