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Weary Veterans Exemplify a Nation Reluctant for War With Iran

WASHINGTON — In 2002, as the George W. Bush administration marched toward its invasion of Iraq, Vice President Dick Cheney chose the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars to make his case for invasion and was greeted with thunderous applause.

This week, the V.F.W., like other major veterans organizations that once took positions on foreign affairs as seriously as health care and other veterans issues, was silent on President Trump’s order to kill a top Iranian general with a drone strike last week. “Any questions pertaining to the killing of the Iranian commander or retaliation from Iran should be forwarded to the Defense and State departments,” said Terrence Hayes, a spokesman for the organization.

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