White House Irresolute on Sending Troops to Iran

Headline Roundup May 14th, 2019

Donald Trump denies plan to send troops to Iran. Supposed plan was proposed by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, at the request of John Bolton. Bolton allegedly increased the military presence in the deployment plan after learning about the ways that Iranian schemes will harm U.S. interests in the region, via Israeli intelligence report.

White House Irresolute on Sending Troops to Iran

From the Right

Amid escalating tensions with Iran, President Donald Trump's top national security advisers reviewed military plans last week that would send more 120,000 U.S. troops to the Middle East "should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons," The New York Times reported Monday.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented the plan last Thursday, which was requested by national security adviser John Bolton, The Times reported.

The plan was presented during a meeting among top national security officials — including CIA chief Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan...

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied a New York Times report that U.S. officials were discussing a military plan to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter any attack or nuclear weapons acceleration by Iran.

“I think it’s fake news, OK? Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that. Hopefully we’re not going to have to plan for that. And if we did that, we’d send a hell of a lot more troops than that,” Trump told reporters...

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WASHINGTON — At a meeting of President Trump’s top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons, administration officials said.

[To follow new military deployments to the Middle East, sign up for the weekly At War newsletter.]

The revisions were ordered by hard-liners led by John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s national security adviser. They do not call for a land...

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