nearvideo-Bolton: Iran made a mockery of the Treaty on friendship
President Trump national security adviser, John Bolton, asked the Pentagon last fall to the development of military options for a strike against Iran after a mortar attack in Baghdad by a Tehran-backed militant group.
While it is unclear whether the proposals were finally sent to the White house or if the President knew of the plans, the Bolton’s desire, worries many in the Pentagon and the State Department deal with the more radical approach towards Tehran.
“It’s really upsetting is definitely the people,” a former senior U.S. administration official told the Wall Street Journal. “The people were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were to beat Iran.”
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Garrett Marquis, spokesman for the National security Council, told the newspaper that the Council “coordinates the policy and provides the President with options to anticipate and respond to a variety of threats.”
“We continue to check the status of the employees after an attempted attack on our Embassy in Baghdad and our Consulate in Basra, and we consider a full range of options to maintain their safety and our interests,” he said.
The mortar attack in Baghdad is the diplomatic quarter, home to the U.S. Embassy. The three mortar, but landed in an open lot and no one was injured in the attack.
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Bolton, a hawk who formerly served as Ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, has been vocal about his support for regime change in Tehran, and the report about military options against Iran more confrontational approach to highlight to the Islamic Republic, the administration has taken since he took the post at the NSC in April.
While the Bolton ‘ s has seen approach him, butt heads with a number of people in the trump color of the Cabinet, particularly former Minister of defense of Jim Mattis – he has found an ally in Secretary of state Mike Pompeo.
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Last year, Bolton fast the US pulled out of the nuclear containment deal brokered during the Obama administration, and tightened the economic sanctions against Iran – were moved, sat on the election in 2016, then-candidate trump.
In the speech in September, Bolton is a stark warning to Tehran sent that it is “hell to pay” if the country threatens America or its allies.