Top Pentagon officials are shocked: I didnt expect that trump elected the most extreme plan

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 Top Pentagon officials are shocked: I didnt expect that trump elected the most extreme plan


In recent days, as tensions continue in Iran and the Middle East, defense officials have put forward a series of response measures against Iran to trump as usual. For the proposal proponents, beheading major general Sulaimani of Iran is one of the most extreme and unrealistic options.

Trump blamed Iran for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and angrily chose the most extreme plan, the New York Times reported Thursday.

They didnt expect trump to do it, said stunned senior Pentagon officials.

Screenshot of New York Times report

Pentagon internal question: beheading suleymani really necessary?

Trumps beheading decision was based on intelligence that warned US embassies, consulates and military personnel in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon that they would be threatened by Iran.

Sulaimani is planning an imminent attack that could kill hundreds of people, according to sources.

Senior Pentagon officials said Thursday that even within the U.S. government, there are disputes over the importance of the above intelligence.

A few days, a few weeks, General mark a. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff, said Wednesday when asked how imminent the attack would be. But he did not provide more details, saying only that the intelligence about the plot was clear..

But some officials are privately sceptical of the reasons for the beheading of Sulaimani. According to one official, intelligence shows that general Sulaimanis journey was as usual a few days before the attack.

The official told the New York Times that intelligence proving that Sulaimani would launch an imminent attack was weak, because according to the communication between the supreme leader of Iran, Khamenei and Sulaimani, which the United States had obtained, Khamenei had not approved any attack plan of the general.

According to the communication, at least a week before the attack, Khamenei asked Sulaimani to go to Tehran for further discussion.

According to government officials, Secretary of state pompeio and vice president burns are among the most hardliners, advocating an extreme response to Iran.

Defense Secretary esper and general Miller declined to comment, but Millers spokesman, Col. de halfhill, responded that part of the article was from the wrong source, but she did not elaborate.

After the air raid, trump held a press conference, as shown in the New York Times

Pentagon: beheading suleymani is the most unrealistic option

But trump did.

Suleymani has always been a dangerous figure in the U.S. government, but Trumps two predecessors, Bush and Obama, had previously thought that killing suleymani was too provocative. Trump also continued his conservative plan after taking office, but an attack on December 27 last year gradually changed his attitude.

Last December 27, a rocket attack on a US military base in Iraq killed a US civilian contractor. Later, senior defense officials presented the president with a preliminary list of how to respond to the escalating violence against the United States in Iraq. Options include fighting Iranian ships or missile facilities, or Iranian backed Iraqi militias.

The Pentagon added beheading suleymanis choice to its list in order to make the other choices look reasonable.

At that time, trump chose to fight against militias. The Pentagon announced air strikes on the 28th, killing about 24 militiamen.

Then, things went to extremes.

The New York Times quoted Pentagon and trump administration officials as saying that trump initially rejected the option of beheading suleymani on December 28, but that when Iranian backed militants attacked the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, he became angry and changed his mind.

Finally, on January 2, trump chose to air attack Baghdad airport to kill suleymani, which was unexpected for Pentagon officials.

Thousands of US troops have been redeployed to the Middle East, according to the New York Times

Iran vows severe retaliation

Although U.S. officials insist they do not expect full retaliation from Iran, in part because of differences within the Iranian leadership. But the situation is further escalating.

After Sulaimanis death, Iran held three days of national mourning, tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets to denounce the US attack, and anti US sentiment rose. Tens of thousands of Iraqis marched on the streets of Baghdad Thursday, calling for the US military to be expelled. The US military remains vigilant.

The U.S. central command, which oversees U.S. military operations in the Middle East, said there were two rocket attacks near U.S. bases in Iraq, but no one was injured.

Irans top leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has vowed severe retaliation against the United States. Irans foreign minister, Ali Zarif, tweeted that it was an act of international terrorism that had increased tensions dangerously and foolishly and that the United States was responsible for all the consequences of its rogue adventurism.

Esmail Ghani, the new commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards al Quds brigade, warned the United States of America of the death of his predecessor, Sulaimani, we call on all of you to be patient, and you will see the American corpses all over the Middle East.

Conflict outside the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, AP

In response, the U.S. State Department tweeted a security alert urging all U.S. citizens to leave Iraq immediately. Washington, D.C., the U.S. capital, declared a state of alert Thursday. The Pentagon has also ordered thousands of additional U.S. troops to the region.

Trump also opted for tit for tat. On Friday local time, trump once again on twitter, threatening to strike down 52 of Irans most important targets, including cultural facilities, if retaliated.

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