White House Requested Military Options to Attack Iran, Rattling Officials
As you all know, the president is no fan of Iran. In fact, he pulled out of the nuclear deal that the world signed with the Iran back in May of last year, angering key European allies, while calling the deal “decaying and rotten” and “an embarrassment” to him “as a citizen”.
Now, through a report just published by the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz and The Wall Street Journal, a former White House official who worked under the Trump Administration says that the White House had asked the Pentagon for a military plan to attack Iran back in September of last year. The request came after mortars were launched by militants, affiliated with Iran, towards the United States embassy in Baghdad.
It definitely rattled people,” a former senior White House official told The Wall Street Journal, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran.”
The request to the Pentagon came from U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, and it is unknown if Bolton had conversed with the President prior to making the request. The Pentagon did agree to come up with options to attack Iran. Whether those options were ever passed on to Bolton or the President is not known, and whether they are still being considered to this day is also unknown.