Report: Trump administration asked for military options to attack Iran last fall

  • The Trump administration asked the Pentagon for military options to strike Iran last fall, according to a new Wall Street Journal report.
  • The request alarmed Pentagon and State Department employees, current and former US officials reportedly told the Journal.
  • The well-known hawk John Bolton has headed Trump’s National Security Council since April. Bolton has emphasized a more aggressive approach to Iran.

The White House reportedly asked the Pentagon for military options to strike Iran last fall after an attack by militants in Baghdad’s diplomatic quarter, where the US embassy is, though the attack caused no harm, according to a new Wall Street Journal report.

One former senior US administration official described the Trump administration’s attitude about the prospect of striking Iraq as “cavalier” and “mind-boggling,” the Journal reported.

Current and former US officials reportedly told the Journal that the request also prompted broader worries at the Pentagon and State Department, though the Pentagon did develop the military options as requested, according to the report.

President Donald Trump’s National Security Council, which advises the president on national security and foreign policy, has been headed by…

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