13:51 GMT +321 September 2019
Listen Live
    Cartoons

    War Hawk Whispers

    Cartoons
    Get short URL
    1163
    Subscribe

    Citing Trump administration officials, a Monday article in the New York Times claimed that Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan had presented US President Donald Trump with a military plan revised by National Security Adviser John Bolton which called for the deployment of 120,000 troops in response to nuclear provocation or attacks by Iran.

    War Hawk Whispers

    Earlier Tuesday, Sputnik reported that Trump, speaking to reporters before his trip to Louisiana, outright denied the NYT report detailing the updated military plan for how the US will deal with Iran amid Tehran's alleged increase in aggression in the Middle East.

    "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," Trump said in response to questions about the story.

    Interestingly enough, the outlet Trump admonished and branded as "fake news" is the same newspaper that published his national security adviser's 2015 op-ed, entitled "To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran." As if the title were not enough, the piece itself discusses how Iran's "nuclear proliferation" should have been dealt with in a "vigilant" manner by the Obama administration. Addressing his op-ed two years later in a Fox News interview with Gretchen Carlson, Bolton even doubled down, saying "the earlier you strike, the more damage you can do."

    Despite the president's denials, it would appear administration officials' comments to the NYT actually align with Bolton's own words and sense of urgency when it comes to dealing with Iran and its nuclear capabilities.

    Related:

    "President" Bolton Drives US Towards War With Iran, Venezuela
    Trump Denies Reports on US Plans to Deploy 120,000 Troops to Mideast
    Trump Won't Risk a War He's Not Certain to Win - Analyst on US-Iran Escalation
    US to Blame for Iran's Accumulation of Excess Enriched Uranium - Moscow
    Iranian MP Doubts US Attack as Long as Israel Is Within Tehran’s Range
    Tags:
    nuclear arms, deployment, US military, troops, Fox News, NYtimes, New York Times, Donald Trump, Patrick Shanahan, John Bolton, Middle East, Iran, Iraq, United States
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik

    More cartoons

    • TruD'oh!
      Last update: 23:53 19.09.2019
      23:53 19.09.2019

      TruD’oh!

      Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s past deeds came back to haunt him on Wednesday after TIME Magazine presented the first of several images and clips of Trudeau altering the color of his skin to mock individuals of different backgrounds.

    • Not Hot, Nor Spicey
      Last update: 23:58 17.09.2019
      23:58 17.09.2019

      Neither Hot, Nor Spicey

      Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer took a page out of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s political playbook and hit the “Dancing With the Stars” stage last night to begin his hopeful quest for the coveted mirror ball trophy.

    • Blame It On The Bulb
      Last update: 01:37 14.09.2019
      01:37 14.09.2019

      Blame It On The Bulb

      During the House Republican Conference Retreat Dinner in Baltimore, Maryland, US President Donald Trump decided to let his audience in on why his skin has such an orange glow: energy-efficient light bulbs (apparently)!

    • War Hawk Takes Flight
      Last update: 22:46 10.09.2019
      22:46 10.09.2019

      War Hawk Takes Flight

      US President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he had requested national security adviser John Bolton’s resignation following several strong disagreements and would be naming a new official to fill the position in the coming week.