The White House asked last year for military plans against Iran from the rattling American officials of the Pentagon
The White House asked last year for military options against Iran from the rattling American officials of the Pentagon
- After a minor mortar attack at the US embassy in Baghdad last year, the Trump National Security Council asked for military plans to strike Iran back
- National security adviser John Bolton, who has had military intervention in Iran for a long time, held meetings about the return of the land
- Current and former US officials expressed concern about far-reaching military plans for incidents that caused no injury and little damage
Michael Nam for Dailymail.com
The White House asked last year for a military attack against Iran in a request that the Pentagon and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was moving up.
President Trump's National Security Council asked about the plans after a mortar attack in September against the US embassy in Baghdad, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The militant attack on the diplomatic district by a Shiite group in coordination with Iran ended up in empty territory and no victims were reported.
The event led John Bolton, National Security Adviser, to meetings about a retaliatory reaction with options for a military attack on Iran itself.
National Security Advisor John Bolton (left) has been a strong advocate of President Trump's aggressive policy positions against Iran
The Pentagon received the request from the National Security Council and agreed to provide military plans, but it is unclear whether the options found their way to President Trump.
"It absolutely rattles people", a former senior US government official told the Journal. & # 39; People were shocked. It was baffling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran. & # 39;
Officials said the Pentagon was developing opportunities to strike Iran, but it was not clear whether the White House, or President Trump himself, had received or knew the request, or whether a serious strategy was being considered.
Garrett Marquis, speaking for the National Security Council, responded to the report by stating that it & # 39; coordinates the policy and offers the President opportunities to anticipate and respond to a variety of threats.
We continue to review the status of our personnel after attempts to attack our embassy in Baghdad and our Basra Consulate, & # 39; continued the Marquis, & # 39; and we will consider a whole range of options to maintain their security and our interests. & # 39;
Pro-government demonstrators at the Massoumeh shrine in the holy city of Qom of Iran, south of Tehran. The White House reportedly looked again at military attacks
John Bolton reflected the more aggressive behavior of the Trump government against Iran since becoming National Security Advisor.
Prior to his appointment, he has often insisted on military action against the nation, and since then has been working to pull the US out of the nuclear deal with Iran from the era of Obama with the support of President Trump.
The National Security Council calling for military strike options against the Middle East, in response to relatively minor incidents, has caused some former US officials to have issued an alarm.