Monday, 22 July, 2019

Bolton, a Seriously Deranged Madman, Sought Options to Strike Iran

Pentagon officials ‘rattled’ by Trump White House request for military options to attack Iran: report White House Requested Military Options to Attack Iran, Rattling Officials
Deanna Wagner | 14 January, 2019, 07:41

The White House's national security team last fall asked the Pentagon to provide it with options for striking Iran after a group of militants aligned with Tehran fired mortars into an area in Baghdad that is home to the US Embassy, the Wall Street Journal reported today.

The request was met with concern by both the Pentagon and the State Department, according to the Journal, with one former administration official telling the paper that people were "shocked" by the request.

In a statement provided to CNN on Sunday, Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the council, said that it "coordinates policy and provides the President with options to anticipate and respond to a variety of threats". "It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran".

As a think tank scholar and Fox News commentator, Bolton often urged Washington to attack Iran, including in a 2015 New York Times op-ed titled: "To stop Iran's bomb, bomb Iran".

While the Pentagon complied with National Security Council's request, it was not clear whether Mr Trump knew of the request or whether plans to strike Iran were seriously considered, the Journal reported.

Flybe shareholders urged to accept Virgin Atlantic's £2.2m takeover offer
Mr Branson sold a 31pc stake in Virgin Atlantic to Air France-KLM in 2017, and retains a 20pc holding in the airline. Stobart Group's aviation unit and Virgin Atlantic will each hold 30%.

While Bolton's approach has seen him butt heads with a number of people in Trump's Cabinet - most notably former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis - he has found an ally in Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"Iran will be held accountable for those incidents", he said in a 21 September interview with CNN.

Relations between Iran and the US have become more confrontational since Trump's election and his May 2018 decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal and reimpose severe economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

That policy could change if Iran continues to threaten its neighbors in the region.

Tensions between the United States and Iran have risen significantly ever since Donald Trump's election as President. The Iranians could do plenty of damage to us if they chose to retaliate. What worries the Pentagon is that Iran is capable of hitting US facilities throughout the Middle East.