nearvideo the Pentagon considers sending 5,000 more troops to the Middle East amid tensions with Iran
Retired gen Jack Keane says the US is working on a ‘political solution’ with Iran and wants to return to the negotiating table.
Retired four-star Gen. Jack Keane, the proposal says to send thousands of troops to the Middle East amid tensions with Iran is both offensive and defensive in nature, to force with the trump administration is looking to Iran to the negotiating table.
Keane, a Fox News senior strategic analyst, said Thursday on “America’s Newsroom” that the “initial structure of our forces” in the region, including a carrier strike group, Patriot missiles, and additional troops and bombers, was all about deterrence.
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“Make sure the Iranians we really thought the message, which is based on intelligence, they would said an unprovoked attack on our armed forces,” Keane.
But the potential want to send between 5,000 and 10,000 more American troops to the region to beef up the existing forces, which are now all “on a response, if they [the Iranians] do” attack on the United States
“I think what we probably see is an increased offensive missiles to be able to ability cruise missiles from U ships carry boats and surface and probably some additional missile defense capacity to protect our facilities,” Keane said.
“I think what we probably see is an increased offensive missiles to be able to ability cruise missiles from U to perform-boats and surface ships, and probably some more missile defense-the ability to protect our facilities.”
— Retired four-star Gen. Jack Keane
The Pentagon is currently in the White house is planning, the officials on the Patriot missile batteries and Navy ships, according to the US. No decision has been taken, and it was not clear whether the White house would give his blessing.
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The tensions between Washington and Tehran in the head came to meet after President Trump ordered warships and bombers in the Middle East at the beginning of this month of unknown threats to U.S. interests. To leave in addition, all non-ordered essential U.S. employees, the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Iraq, after a surprise visit by Secretary of state Mike Pompeo.
The general went on to say that the possible additional forces would be both an offensive and defensive move against the Iranian threat.
“It is largely defensive, in the sense that we have to protect our bodies and this is what the return of the armed forces,” he said, adding that “it is also offensive, because if you do, you run a non-provoked attack, we have to answer and that is what this ability is really all about.”
“It is largely defensive, in the sense that we have to protect our facilities and what the return of the forces above. But it is also offensive, because if you do, the leadership of an unprovoked attack we must respond to, and that is what this ability is truly all about.”
— Retired four-star Gen. Jack Keane
But to force, the ultimate goal, Keane says, is to start the Iran negotiations and finding a “political solution”, – he shows the Trump administration’s pressure on the regime, which has a significant impact on the economy of the country.
“The economy is in the tank. Inflation to 37 per cent, the economy contracted by 6 percent. This is remarkable. Lack of energy, routine food shortages. Unrest grows in the country,” Keane said.
“However, all this pressure we have on the Iranians, their behavior in terms of what you do, in Lebanon, to intervene in Syria, Israel, Yemen, as well, that has not changed.”
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He added: “But you certainly feel the pressure. Remember, where are we going with this. We go to a political solution, what it wants to achieve in this government. Get Iran back to the negotiating table and work out a better offer.”
Fox News Louis Casiano, Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.