White House asked Pentagon for Iran strike plans

Pauline Gross
January 14, 2019

The request was met with concern by both the Pentagon and the State Department, according to the Journal, with one former administration official telling the paper that people were "shocked" by the request.

The State Department did not comment on the report.

The White House demanded that the military draft plans for strikes on Iran after attacks in Iraq a year ago, sparking concern at the Pentagon and State Department, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

He added: "Sometimes it seems the world has become desensitised to the regime's authoritarianism at home and its campaigns of violence overseas, but the proud Iranian people are not staying silent about their government's many abuses".

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Although the Pentagon obeyed the request by the council, the Journal reported, it is unknown whether or not the plans for striking Iran were ever fully developed or even provided to the White House. In the end, Trump adopted a modest approach, but Mattis resigned because of security disputes with the president.

The outlet points out that it remains unclear whether the US president was aware of this, but said that the White House had mulled a military attack on Iran after three mortar shells struck the diplomat quarter in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, near the US Embassy in September 2018.

Prior to his appointment, he has often urged for military action against the nation, and has since worked to pull the U.S. out of the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran with the support of President Trump.

Tensions between the United States and Iran have risen significantly ever since Donald Trump's election as President. 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. The Iranians could do plenty of damage to us if they chose to retaliate. A coalition that included Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab states that are frightened of Iran's growing power and influence in the region may someday be necessary to check the growing power and influence of Tehran.

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