Upsetting information that talk about POTUS Trump’s National Security Council investigating military options for a strike to Iran, in 2018, has come to light following an article published by The Wall Street Journal. It seems that both current, as well as former US officials, are coming forward with details about how The White House sought The Pentagon’s opinion about planning a strike against Iran after an incident last September in Baghdad. The triggering factor was an explosion of three mortars, caused by a few militants, in an area that is close to the US Embassy in Baghdad.
Even though the actual result of the explosions was rather insignificant, meaning that it happened in an empty, open lot and no one was harmed, Trump’s National Security Council led by John Bolton viewed the matter as one of high importance and as it is now revealed, they held numerous meetings where they were discussing a US reaction in the form (possibly) of a strike! So strong was their position that the US should respond to such an event that it got many US officials worried about what was going to happen next as well as with regards to why the Security Council was being so adamant about pursuing such a radical move.
No matter, The Pentagon, as it was expected, actually responded to the requests by providing the White House with the military options they were asking for. However, nobody knows at this point whether such a request was coming straight from the President, Mr. Trump, or whether it was only a test shot that had actually no intention of being put in effect.
Nevertheless, it seems that Mr. Bolton is not new to the game, as he had previously served former President George Bush from the same position. His views are not unknown either, though. People who are currently working in the national security establishment are commenting on his more confrontational position and the shift of the council towards a stricter approach to Iran.