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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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.

CzarChasm-Reigns
CzarChasm-Reigns

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

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.

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.

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.