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

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John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser, had asked for military options to strike Iran, rattling the Pentagon.

The Wall Street Journal reports 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.”

The Pentagon complied with the National Security Council’s request to develop options for striking Iran, the officials said. But it isn’t clear if the proposals were provided to the White House, whether Mr. Trump knew of the request or whether serious plans for a U.S. strike against Iran took shape at that time.

Mr. Bolton’s request reflects the administration’s more confrontational approach toward Tehran, one that he has pushed since taking up the post last April.

As a think-tank scholar and Fox News commentator, Mr. Bolton repeatedly urged the U.S. to attack Iran, including in a 2015 New York Times op-ed titled, “To stop Iran’s bomb, bomb Iran.”

Bolton Seriously Deranged

Bolton has learned nothing from Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, or Syria. As a seriously deranged madman in precisely the wrong place, he a dangerous threat to US and global security.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Tengen
Tengen

Supposedly Bolton and Pompeo have Trump's ear on Iran and the Syria withdrawal was announced with the intention of enlisting Turkish support for Iran sanctions (probably a secondary purpose, with the main one being the cessation of Erdogan's attacks on MbS and the House of Saud).

I've long felt bad for regular Iranian people. The ayatollahs haven't been popular for quite a while and we've done nothing but antagonize them since 1953. Unfortunately the Saudis and Israelis have it in for them, therefore we do too.

2banana
2banana

"We came, we saw, he died...cackle, cackle, cackle..." -- Secretary Hillary Clinton, on orders of President Obama, on the overthrow and assassination/murder of Muammar Gaddafi, the legitimate and internationally recognized leader of Libya - which then plunged that country into chaos.

The same Hillary Clinton, who came within a hair's breath of winning the US Presidency.

I am busy looking for the Mish article calling her a deranged madwoman and a dangerous threat to US and global security...hmmmm...no luck.

And all Bolton did was look at options...

gregggg
gregggg

He is the walrus, coo co kachoo... But now there's a new theme song:

HubbaBuba
HubbaBuba

I'm not saying this is a primary motivation for Middle Eastern nuclear but I do wish to point out something the US and Westerners give absolutely no consideration for: the West lives in a world of relatively abundant access to drinking water. We never consider that the Middle East RELIES on desalinated water. And what is the primary ingredient to create desalinated water? HEAT. The all to abundant by-product of nuclear energy electric generation is exactly that - HEAT. Nuclear electric generation folds in perfectly for desalination. It may not justify it - but we need to allow for their desire for that by-product.

Realist
Realist

Wow, a crazy President surrounded by insane war-mongers. What a shit show the US is turning into. My condolences.

themonosynaptic
themonosynaptic

Bolton is right to stand up for our allies, the Kurds, who Turkey want to attack. The Russians are also pissed with them because they know it is a large reason why the U.S. are sticking around in Syria, and thus they don't get to be the dominant power in the region, which I suspect gives Putin a semi every time he thinks about it.

Bolton is wrong just about everywhere else - he sees vicious enemies that need aggressively destroyed everywhere he looks - however when there really is a vicious little creep like Erdogan he is right - like a stopped clock is.

thimk
thimk

remember the beach boys parody song during the Iran "nuclear crisis"

pi314
pi314

Perhaps this leak is used to undermine or get rid of Bolton by the 'deep state'. I'm pretty sure John Brennan came up with crazier plots and some of them actually got implemented. But you didn't read about those 'leaks'.

Mish
Mish

Editor

2banana you have a piss poor memory.

"I am busy looking for the Mish article calling her a deranged madwoman and a dangerous threat to US and global security...hmmmm...no luck."

Excuse me for pointing out that I repeatedly said I voted to Trump specifically because Hillary was a bigger warmonger than Trump.

I repeatedly blasted her over Syria.

I repeatedly blasted her over Libya.

You have a shockingly piss poor memory.

pgp
pgp

The US government, born from UK's Tudor era, was flawed from the beginning. In the last 100 years it has struggled to overcome a tendency for clientelism. At some point it almost succeeded but in recent decades has relapsed to become more like a corporate oligarchy. Anyone thinking the wars and global economic oppression could be voted in or out by a choice of presidency misunderstands human behaviour and political history.

Sechel
Sechel

Bolton is not scared to use American might. He never understands the gravitas of his actions. All options should be explored and bad options get discarded almost immediately but Bolton is just a little too trigger happy.

bradw2k
bradw2k

I thought coming up with military options was the Pentagon's job? It doesn't mean the President will use the options. This smells like a TDS nothing burger. The reporter even admits halfway down the article that it is not known if there were "serious plans" at the Whitehouse for military actions, i.e., it's not known that there is any "story" here at all! Great headline for clicks and hysteria though.

CzarChasm-Reigns
CzarChasm-Reigns

"only...the best...people"....

Blacklisted
Blacklisted

The military industrial complex used to only need the Rebublican hawks and talking heads like Bill, Kristol. Now they are obviously paying off the Dems. The Swamp has too much money at stake, yet you and others slam the only President that has tried to fight the military juggernaut.