>> The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror.>> President Trump's announcement this week to pull the US out of the Iran deal, bringing some people back to 15 years ago. When the Bush administration was making its case for going after Saddam Hussein and invading Iraq.
>> It supports terrorist proxies.>> Its links to terrorist groups.>> Such as Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda.>> Because of Al-Qaeda connections.>> We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction.>> He's a danger to the American people.>> But the similarities aren't just in what's said in these speeches, it's also what's not said.
Reuters correspondent Warren Strobel.>> Information that President Trump shared in his speech in which he pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal is not that it was wrong, but that it was incomplete. And he made no mention of US intelligence assessments, which show that Iran in fact is in compliance with the nuclear deal.
Some of the people we talked to, this has brought back echoes of the run-up to the war in Iraq. Where information that Contradicted Bush's desire to go after Saddam Hussein was downplayed or ignored.>> And the parallels aren't just within the rhetoric, but with the players involved as well.
>> There's also a commonality in the person of John Bolton, the President's National Security Advisor. During the Bush administration, he was a senior official at the State Department. And he was one of many people who helped push the case for war. Specifically having to do with Saddam's supposed weapons of mass destruction, which of course turned out to be an illusion.
>> But while there are clear similarities, there are major differences between the run-up to the Iraq War in 2003 and the standoff with Iran now.>> One is that nobody expects the United States to launch a ground invasion of Iran as they did in Iraq. President Trump is talking about increasing the sanctions to put more pressure on Iran.
So Trump, at least for now, is going down the sanctions path and not the military conflict path. But people we talked to, some of whom who lived through the Iraq experience, do express concern about where this may lead in the long term. And whether it will ultimately lead to some sort of conflict.