Trump First OK'd Killing Soleimani 7 Months Ago "If Americans Killed"
Tyler Durden – Zero Hedge (*)
There’s been a number of theories to emerge
surrounding President Trump’s incredibly risky decision to assassinate IRGC
Guds Force chief Qasem Soleimani, including that it was all the brainchild of hawkish Secretary of State and
former CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
emerging reporting consensus does indicate that the public justification for
the strike — that Soleimani posed an “imminent” threat as
he was orchestrating an attack against American troops and sites in the
region — was manufactured based on flimsy intelligence. The evolving and contradictory
the administration itself demonstrates at least this much.
Donald Trump authorized the killing of Iranian Gen.Qassem Soleimani seven months ago if
Iran’s increased aggression resulted in the death of an American, according to
five current and former senior administration officials.
the “option” to take him out was already on the “menu” of
Pentagon contingencies long before Soleimani’s fateful Jan.3 early
morning passage through Baghdad International Airport.
based on multiple officials, “The presidential directive
in June came with the condition that Trump would have final signoff on any
specific operation to kill Soleimani, officials said.”
Kataeb Hezbollah rocket attack on a US base in Kirkuk then became a core
element of the official rationale, given it killed an American contractor later identified as 33-year old Sacramento
resident Nawres Waleed Hamid, who had been assisting the Army as a
report confirms further that it was both National Security Advisor at the time
John Bolton as well as Mike Pompeo that had Trump’s ear on the subject.
have been a number of options presented to the president over the course of
time” related to bold steps to curtail Iranian aggression, a senior
administration official told NBC, which reports further:
president’s message was “that’s only on the table if they hit
Americans,” according to a person briefed on the discussion.
of the plan to assassinate the top IRGC elite force general and
popular “national hero” inside Iran actually evolved initially out of
2017 discussions involving Trump’s national security adviser at the time,
retired Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.
The idea of
killing Soleimani came up in discussions in 2017 that Trump’s national security
adviser at the time, retired Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, was having with other
administration officials about the president’s broader national security
strategy, officials said. But it was just one of a host of possible elements of
Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran and “was not
something that was thought of as a first move,” said a former senior
administration official involved in the discussions.
did become more serious after McMaster was replaced in April 2018 by Bolton, a
longtime Iran hawk and advocate for regime change in Tehran. Bolton left the
White House in September — he said he resigned, while Trump said he
fired him —
following policy disagreements on Iran and other issues.
So there it
is: Bolton’s ultra-hawkish influence is still in effect at the White House.
And the torch is being carried further by Mike
while none of this should come as a surprise, it’s yet further proof on top of
a growing body of evidence that Washington is yet again telling bald-faced lies
to the public about a major event that could lead America straight back into
another disastrous Middle East quagmire. Mon, 01/13/2020
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