UPDATED 10:00 AM PT – Sat. May 25, 2019
More than 70 retired military leaders write an open letter to the president, giving their input on tensions with Iran.
The letter came from top Army and Navy veterans Friday, who wrote “a war with Iran, either by choice or miscalculation, would produce dramatic repercussions.”
The group urged the president to de-escalate tensions by creating direct communication between U.S. and Iranian political and military leaders.
President Trump has said he is against pursuing war with the country, and made it clear that a recent deployment of troops to the region was meant as a deterrent.
“We want to have protection in the Middle East. We are going to be sending a relatively small number of troops, mostly protective and some very talented people are going to the Middle East right now and we will see how, we will see what happens.” – President Trump
The president’s comments come as tensions with Tehran have boiled over in recent weeks.
On Friday, he said the situation had reached the point of becoming a “national emergency.”