Earlier this week a New York Times article claimed the Trump administration reviewed and was considering a plan which would send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East as a response to growing tension from the Iranian government
Eric Schmitt and Julian Barnes reported that “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.” This would be a sharp departure from the non-interventionist ideology President Trump ran on, but as Iran continues to threaten American troops stationed overseas and fight American interests, a conflict may be inevitable.
Iran has only become a more hostile power since this time last year when the US pulled out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, which gave Iran the authority to continue its own nuclear program with checks from global authorities. One can only ponder why anyone would be okay with granting a fiercely aggressive and terrorist sponsoring nation this ability.
Tensions have risen as many suspect Iran being behind an attack on UAE ships earlier this week, though these are rumors at this point.
The Times reports that Bolton was behind the troop mobilization revision, going as far as labeling him an “Iran Hawk” based on his record of not letting the regime get away with their aggressive behavior.
When questioned about the article, Trump told reporters “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.”
Seeing as Iran has over a half million troops, any invasion would need far more soldiers if it even wanted a chance of success.
Trump’s response goes show he is open to potentially escalating the situation between the US and Iran, if the situation warrants it, but he denies actually planning for a situation where mass mobilization of US forces is necessary, and claiming any plan would utilize far more than the reported 120,000 troops.
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