Trump Fought Off Advisers Who Wanted to Bomb Iran

That's very nice but maybe time to get better advisers?

Editor’s note: Initially I didn’t think much about the leak that Trump turned down the option to strike Iran over the rocket attack that killed two US soldiers in Iraq, but with Gareth Porter’s reporting that Pompeo, Netanyahu and Bolton (while he was still around) had been jointly plotting to corner Trump into such strikes since at least early 2019 that becomes a lot more notable.

With US officials blaming recent rocket fire in Iraq on “Iranian proxies,” the national security advisers were pushing hard again to attack Iran. President Trump rejected the proposals, according to officials familiar with the situation.

Trump told officials that he didn’t want to attack Iran in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, believing it would make the US look bad. Iran is one of three nations hardest hit by the virus.

Iran’s struggle with coronavirus is at least in part because US-imposed sanctions are making it hard for them to import medicine and equipment. Having the US attacking them outright over unproven allegations of rocket attacks likely would’ve made them look worse.

While some were presenting this as a “shift” for Trump, in practice he has repeatedly resisted calls for reckless escalation against Iran, objecting to actions that would kill too many people. While he’s wanted sanctions and general hostility, Trump has stopped short of starting any huge wars with Iran.


  1. Undecider says

    I would pledge to Trump indefinitely relocate anyone who is for war, to live in the exact location this war is to take place. They need to get up close and personal to any action. We’re talking “danger close” proximity.

  2. CHUCKMAN says

    “believing it would make the US look bad.”

    That does sound like Trump. Superficial.

    “While he’s wanted sanctions and general hostility, Trump has stopped short of starting any huge wars with Iran.”

    That’s no credit to Trump, I think.

    Iran has some serious military capacities, and Israel would be an early target.

    I regard severe sanctions and blockading people just the equivalent as bombing a city.

    Those measures kill the poor and weak in large numbers. That’s just what they do anywhere at any time.

    If that ain’t war, I don’t know what is.

    1. pooi-hoong chan says

      Sanctions is genocide during a pandemic. An Trump recently increased the sanctions. Largely unseen by the sheeple. But a war would be seen, so Trump prefers to do his evil deeds unseen. Also if a war, how would Russia respond but China is lame.

  3. Charles Homer says

    As shown in this article, there is a side to the Iran-United States narrative that Washington would prefer that we forget:

    If there is one thing that history can teach us it’s that foreign nations and their leaders that try to curry “friendship” with the United States are playing a game that they are certain to lose in the long run.

  4. Occam's Razor says

    Attack or not attack …it cannot make them look any worse than the toxic USer cuntry that they already are.The Great Satan.

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