Iraq and Iran

The war in Iraq, which President Bush misled us into, has been a disaster. Not only has it caused us, and the Iraqi people, so much suffering and so much money - it has also made us less safe from the very serious problem of international terrorism. Now, there are increased rumblings that Bush and Cheney are thinking of waging an attack on Iran.

The war in Iraq, which President Bush misled us into, has been a disaster. Not only has it caused us, and the Iraqi people, so much suffering and so much money - it has also made us less safe from the very serious problem of international terrorism. Now, there are increased rumblings that Bush and Cheney are thinking of waging an attack on Iran.

Almost seven years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, Osama bin Laden is alive and well and, according to the National Intelligence Estimate, Al Qaeda is growing stronger throughout the world. In Afghanistan, the Taliban is re-emerging as a powerful adversary, using terrorist skills they learned in Iraq, and the situation there is becoming more difficult. One of the reasons for that, in order to fight the war in Iraq, the Bush Administration has diverted military, intelligence and reconstruction resources away from Afghanistan.

In the midst of all this, the United States, because of Bush's actions, is held in lower regard by the international community than at any time in the modern history of our country.

I believe that the American people understand that with all our problems in Iraq and Afghanistan, that with our active duty military and National Guard significantly over-extended - the last thing in the world that we want is a war in Iran. That is why I introduced S. Con Res. 13 - which would express the sense of Congress that the president should not initiate military action against Iran without first obtaining authorization from Congress.

A war with Iran, combined with what's going on in Iraq and Afghanistan, would be a horrendous disaster. It would unleash a never-ending war with the Muslim world which would significantly increase the threat of attacks against the U.S. and our allies, as well as compound difficulties for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It would also strengthen President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's position in Iran against the moderates there.

It would further isolate us with regard to world affairs.

To read the Iran resolution offered by Senator Sanders, click here.