Tulsi Gabbard on Iran

Key Points

  • Tulsi is against war with Iran. “I think, first, it's important to make sure the American people understand that a war with Iran would be far more costly and far more devastating than anything that we experienced in Iraq. What we would see is a devastating cost on our troops, my brothers and sisters in uniform, a cost on the civilians, people both in Iran and across the region, worst refugee crisis across Europe, as well as a strengthening of terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaida, further undermining our national security. So, it would essentially make the war in Iraq look like a cakewalk when we look at the cost of going to war with Iran.”
  • Tulsi strongly opposed Trump pulling out of Iran deal: “Pulling the United States out of the Iran nuclear agreement has very dangerous consequences. It will likely result in Iran restarting its nuclear weapons program and spark a nuclear arms race in the region causing countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, and others to acquire their own nuclear weapons. It also creates a dangerous conflict for Hawai‘i, especially because it will directly undermine any chance of a peacefully negotiated solution to the crisis we are facing with North Korea and the development of its own nuclear weapons.”
  • Tulsi cautiously supported the Iran deal, emphasizing, “We need to see a tough, verifiable inspections regime that applies anytime and anywhere, including military sites.  Sanctions relief must be tied tightly to Iran's compliance with the deal. Actual snap-back sanctions and enforcement mechanisms must be in place.”
  • Tulsi has acknowledged that the Iran nuclear deal is imperfect, however, she emphasized that the agreement was better than the alternatives that seek to block Iran’s nuclear weapons program
  • Tulsi has described that the U.S. policy of regime change war in Iran has set the stage for a contentious relationship with Iran:
  • “The history of the United States relationship with Iran is rooted in, and defined by, a decades-long policy of regime change, which began with the CIA-led overthrow of democratically-elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadeq in 1953 in order to keep U.S.-backed Mohammad Reza Shah in power. This ultimately sparked the 1979 Islamic Revolution which grew from strong opposition to years of U.S. interventionist policies in Iran and throughout the region. As Iran’s new anti-U.S. government took power, our threats of intervention grew and Iran started its nuclear program as a direct response to defend against the possibility of another U.S.-led intervention and regime change plot.”


  • H.R. 4333 Zero Tolerance for Terror Act, which would allow Congress to quickly impose sanctions if the Iranian government commits an act of terror, provides support for terrorist organizations or violates international law by acquiring ballistic missile technology.
  • H.R. 1191 Iran Nuclear Agreement Act of 2015

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