Trump’s Iran rhetoric sparks warning of Iraq war redux – POLITICO

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A bipratisan group of congressional leaders will take part in the confidential briefing as tensions between the U.S. and Tehran skyrocket | Win McNamee/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle warned President Donald Trump on Wednesday to avoid plunging the United States into another Iraq-like war in the Middle East, demanding more information about vague warnings that Iran might be planning attacks on U.S. personnel and facilities in the region.

Congressional leaders will get more information about the situation on Thursday during a confidential briefing with Trump officials, according to two Democratic sources. On Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail, politicians fretted the situation was feeling eerily similar to the run-up to the Iraq war.

“It’s close to inconceivable that the president, the administration would consider a war with Iran,” said Utah Senator Mitt Romney, a GOP critic of the president. “The president made it clear when he ran for president that one of the worst foreign policy mistakes in American history was the decision to go to war with Iraq. And that we would repeat that [is] unthinkable and something I can’t imagine the president or his senior staff would consider.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who will attend Thursday’s briefing, minced no words during a closed-door Democratic caucus meeting Wednesday, which came as the State Department evacuated non-emergency staffers from the…



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