Published: Wed, January 16, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Pentagon Officials Fear Bolton's Actions Increase Risk of Clash With Iran

Pentagon Officials Fear Bolton's Actions Increase Risk of Clash With Iran

Although the Pentagon obeyed the request by the council, the report said, it is unknown whether or not the plans for striking Iran were ever fully developed or even provided to the White House. The three mortars, however, landed in an open lot and nobody was harmed in the attack.

State Department Secretary Mike Pompeo did not comment on the story when asked about it by reporters and a State Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

A spokesman for the National Security Council told the paper that the council "coordinates policy and provides the president with options to anticipate and respond to a variety of threats".

There was also an air strike near a US diplomatic facility in Basra, Iraq. The request generated concern at the Pentagon and State Department, current and former USA officials told the newspaper. "They unsettled the people", was quoted a high-ranking Ex-employees. According to the newspaper is not clear, however, whether the proposals were submitted to the White house, whether President Donald Trump of the request knew, and whether serious plans for an attack against Iran to take shape.

The Pentagon complied with the National Security Council's request to develop options for striking Iran, the officials said.

Previously Mr Bolton has advocated for military strikes against Iran.

Bolton has been a leading advocate for both regime change and bombing Iran, and he is doing what he can to push U.S. policy in that direction.

As a think-tank scholar and Fox News commentator, Bolton repeatedly urged the attack Iran, including in a 2015 New York Times op-ed titled, "To stop Iran's bomb, bomb Iran". In fact, he pulled out of the nuclear deal that the world signed with the Iran back in May of past year, angering key European allies, while calling the deal "decaying and rotten" and "an embarrassment" to him "as a citizen".

Iran therefore has "plausible deniability" in the attacks, whereas airstrikes with USA military jets do not afford that same deniability to the USA, and would mark a large escalation, said Clawson.

The agreement was aimed at preventing Iran developing nuclear weapons.

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