December 5, 2019
This is just in the “report” phase.
But to be honest, the Trump White House really is as leaky as they say it is, and virtually all “reports” that make hard predictions turn out to be true.
And President Trump has been a big supporter of global terrorism/democracy. So sending 14,000 more troops to the Middle East to help terrorists fighting for democracy would be in line with his current policies.
The Trump administration is looking into sending as many as 14,000 more troops, as well as dozens more ships and other equipment, to the Middle East in the face of a growing threat from Iran, The Wall Street Journal reported.
U.S. officials told the Journal that President Trump could decide on such a force increase — which would double the number of U.S. military personnel in the region — as soon as this month. A smaller U.S. deployment could also happen, the officials said.
The administration began increasing numbers of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf in May, when Trump said he would deploy roughly 1,500 troops, a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East to counter Iran’s influence there.
A month later the Pentagon also announced that it would deploy 1,000 more troops to the same area to address “air, naval, and ground-based threats” in the region.
The announcement was followed quickly by the shooting down of a Navy drone over the Strait of Hormuz in what the Pentagon called an “unprovoked attack,” from Iran.
lol @ “unprovoked.”
The US has never done anything to provoke Iran!
Then in September roughly 200 additional personnel as well as missile defense and radar equipment were sent to Saudi Arabia in response to Sept. 14 attacks on Saudi oil facilities. The United States as well as Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and Germany have all publicly blamed Iran for the attack, but Tehran denies any involvement.
And in October the administration announced it would also send two fighter squadrons and more missile defense equipment to Riyadh.
The anticipated deployment would likely serve as a deterrent against further attacks from Iran, which has chafed under growing Trump administration sanctions on the country.
The Pentagon’s No. 3 official, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood said Wednesday that the Pentagon has seen indications that Tehran may soon attack U.S. targets or interests in the Middle East.
Yes, they’ve been saying that same thing over and over for like 15 years now.
Donald Trump is a weird case. He’s more vocally supportive of Israel than any other president pretty much in US history, but at the same time, he is much more resistant to getting involved in their wars than Barack Obama or either of the George Bushes.
You do have to give him credit for ending the Syrian war by pulling funding for all of these ISIS terrorists the CIA was arming.
But it’s possible he made some deal with the Jews that if he ends the war in Syria, he’ll intensify one against Iran, which would probably take the form initially of some kind of proxy fight in Yemen, from whence attacks have been launched on Saudi oil facilities.
I don’t think there is any need for Trump to start a war to win the election. He can’t really lose the election, as things stand. But who knows if he knows that. Who knows how actually senile this guy is at this point.