Over the past few weeks, tensions between the United States and Iran have been escalating with the U.S. military positioning aircraft carriers with B-52 bombers near Iran in response to their increased nuclear activities.
Last weekend, Iran fired rockets that landed near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, prompting President Trump to issue a stern warning to Iran that an attack on Americans could be the “end of Iran.”
If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019
During an interview on “Face the Nation” Sunday, Schiff told host Margaret Brennan the “belligerent rhetoric” from the Trump administration prompted Iran to re-up their anti-American sentiments.
Trump has taken a series of steps to deliberately escalate tensions with Iran.
The result is all too predictable – it has. That’s not an intelligence problem, it’s a policy problem.
Trump must stop this dangerous game, and rein in advisors who seem hell bent on starting a war. pic.twitter.com/5W9kSDgXHL
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 19, 2019
“The belligerent rhetoric from the administration — from [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo, from [National Security Advisor John] Bolton. All of these policy decisions have led us to a state where confrontation is far more likely and that cannot be ignored.”
Schiff — who chairs the House Intelligence Committee — claimed that the increased tensions were “all too predictable” following Trump’s removal from the Iran Nuclear Deal and could lead to “catastrophe.”
However, as Townhall pointed out, that hasn’t always been Schiff’s position.
Adam Schiff in 2015: We must pressure Iran and use force if they violate the nuclear deal
Adam Schiff 2019: America is to blame for Iran’s aggression and Trump is leading us to war https://t.co/wbuisiwT1x
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) May 21, 2019
When former President Barack Obama was first negotiating the Iran Deal, Schiff was afraid the deal was too easy on the Iranian regime. He, like Trump, feared the deal didn’t do enough to keep Iran in line and used strong language about the force that should be used, should Iran threaten Americans.
On his website, Schiff said this of the Iran Deal under the Obama administration:
“Instead of rejecting the deal, therefore, Congress should focus on making it stronger. First, we should make it clear that if Iran cheats, the repercussions will be severe. Second, we should continue to strengthen our intelligence capabilities to detect any form of Iranian noncompliance. Third, we should establish the expectation that while Iran will be permitted to have an enrichment capability for civilian use, it will never be permitted to produce highly enriched uranium, and if it attempts to do so, it will be stopped with force.”
Schiff vowed that “repercussions” on Iran would be “severe” and any efforts by the Iranians to continue developing nuclear weapons should be “stopped with force.”
Since Trump took office, Schiff backed away from his criticisms of the Iran Deal and called threats against Iran “belligerent.”