Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Pentagon was asked to draw up plans for attack on Iran

Pentagon officials ‘rattled’ by Trump White House request for military options to attack Iran: report White House Requested Military Options to Attack Iran, Rattling Officials
Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2019, 07:42

"It definitely rattled people", one former senior United States administration official told the WSJ.

The request, which could lead to direct military confrontation between Iran and the United States, raised concern in the Pentagon.

The request by the National Security Council (NSC), which is led by John Bolton, sparked deep concern among Pentagon and State Department officials, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Sunday, citing current and former USA officials.

The Journal, citing conversations with people familiar with the talks, also reported that the council requested options for launching strikes at both Iraq and Syria when they made the request for Iran.

What was known until now was that Mr Bolton's National Security Council also asked the military to present the White House with options for striking Iran as a way of countering Tehran's influence in the region. In the end, Trump adopted a modest approach, but Mattis resigned because of security disputes with the president.

The US blamed Iran for the attack, despite Tehran's categorical denial.

Later Sunday, Defense Department spokesman Col. Rob Manning told CNN that the department "is a planning organization and provides the President military options for a variety of threats; routinely reviewing and updating plans and activities to deal with a host of threats, including those posed by Iran, to deter and, if necessary, to respond to aggression".

The US has even foreshadowed the possibility of an attack with the White House's statement that was released on September 11.

On Sunday, Iran's foreign ministry summoned a senior Polish diplomat in protest at Poland jointly hosting a global summit with the U.S. focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, state news agency IRNA reported. The range and accuracy of Iran's missiles are constantly improving - largely because the world refuses to take a stand against their illegal development of ICBMs. "If they're responsible for the arming and training of these militias, we're going to go to the source".

Striking Iran carries risks - especially if the U.S goes it alone.