US and EU intelligence and military push back on American provocation of Iran (1 Viewer)

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I’ve said it before, Bolton has been trying to get us to provoke a war with Iran for years, and when his lillypad in the swamp got National Security Advisor stamped on it, suddenly he got the opportunity to focus all his efforts on making it happen. He has never hidden his aims or feelings. It was popular among Trump supporters to cheer loudly whenever he said vaguely that Obama’s deal to keep nukes out of Iran was dumb and bad, so it’s a good fit, but I really hope roid-rage hawks like Bolton don’t end up shoving us over the edge for their own personal ends.

NYT: Intelligence and military officials in Europe as well as in the United States said that over the past year, most aggressive moves have originated not in Tehran, but in Washington — where John Bolton, the national security adviser, has prodded President Trump into backing Iran into a corner.

 

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The part I found the most interesting:

Mr. Pompeo has outlined 12 steps that Iran must take to satisfy the United States — measures that some in the Pentagon view as unrealistic and could back Iranian leaders into a corner. He recently described American policy as being calculated to produce domestic political unrest in Iran.

Mr. Bolton, as a private citizen, long called for regime change in Tehran. He has resisted compromises that would open the door to negotiations with Tehran, has stocked the N.S.C. with Iran hard-liners and has masterminded recent policy changes to tighten the economic and political vise on the country’s leaders.

Mr. Trump is less frustrated with Mr. Bolton over his handling of Iran — he favors the tougher measures as a warning to Tehran — than over the evolving narrative that his national security adviser is leading the administration’s policy in the Middle East, according to three officials.

The president, they said, is well-versed and comfortable with the administration’s recent steps, which have included imposing increasingly onerous sanctions on Iran and designating the military wing of the government, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as a foreign terrorist organization.

Still, the gravity of the Iranian threat has become the subject of a fierce debate among administration officials. Some officials have argued that it did not warrant a dramatic American response, like deploying thousands of troops to the Middle East, or the partial evacuation of the United States Embassy in Baghdad.
 

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