Options for Military Strike Against Iran Explored by White House

On April 9, 2018 former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton took over as President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser.

There was a lot of opposition against Bolton, claiming that he was a warmonger who would rather shot first and ask questions later.

Those opposing Bolton at the time may be about to claim that their fears of him have been justified by a recent news revelation.

That revelation claims that members of the National Security Council, led by Bolton, had requested that the Pentagon work up options for a military strike against Iran and give those options to the White House.

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The Wall Street Journal – White House Sought Options to Strike Iran – President Trump’s National Security Council asked the Pentagon to provide the White House with military options to strike Iran last year, generating concern at the Pentagon and State Department, current and former U.S. officials said.

The request, which hasn’t been previously reported, came after militants fired three mortars into Baghdad’s sprawling diplomatic quarter, home to the U.S. Embassy, on a warm night in early September. The shells—launched by a group aligned with Iran—landed in an open lot and harmed no one.

But they triggered unusual alarm in Washington, where Mr. Trump’s national security team led by John Bolton conducted a series of meetings to discuss a forceful American response, including what many saw as the unusual request for options to strike Iran.

“It definitely rattled people,” a former senior U.S. administration official said of the request. “People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran.” …

What I don’t understand, is why everyone would consider the request to formulate options for a military strike against a hostile nation to be so unusual.

Doesn’t it make sense to be prepared in the event that a military strike would be necessary?

Iran has been threatening the United States and Israel for years, long before Obama knelt down at Iran’s feet with his worthless nuclear deal.

What would be unusual is to have no formulated plan in place for how to deal with any enemy.

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