Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Bolton, a Seriously Deranged Madman, Sought Options to Strike Iran

Bolton, a Seriously Deranged Madman, Sought Options to Strike Iran

The White House's national security team last fall asked the Pentagon to provide it with options for striking Iran after a group of militants aligned with Tehran fired mortars into an area in Baghdad that is home to the US Embassy, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. No one was harmed by the explosions, which landed in a vacant lot, and there was little media attention given the relative frequency of such attacks on Green Zone.

As a think-tank scholar and Fox News commentator, Mr. Bolton repeatedly urged the U.S.to attack Iran, including in a 2015 New York Times op-ed titled, "To stop Iran's bomb, bomb Iran".

Last year, Bolton quickly pulled the USA out of the nuclear-containment deal brokered during the Obama administration and tightened economic sanctions against Iran - moves that were championed on the campaign trail in 2016 by then-candidate Trump.

Officials said the Pentagon did develop options for striking at Iran, but it was not clear if the White House, or President Trump himself, received or knew about the request, or if a serious strategy was being considered.

The Jerusalem Post reports that the Pentagon was "rattled" by Bolton's inquiry and it's unknown whether any option for military action against Iran ever made it to the president's desk.

He has worked with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in implementing a more hardline approach to Iran since taking office.

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While no one was wounded in the incident, it angered the US.

The statement added: "The United States will hold the regime in Tehran accountable for any attack that results in injury to our personnel or damage to United States Government facilities".

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

"America will respond swiftly and decisively in defence of American lives".

Previously Mr Bolton has advocated for military strikes against Iran. 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.

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