Bomb Iran? Why not?
President Trump explored preemptive actions to prevent Iran from achieving an inter-continental nuclear weapons system that threatens the United States.
As President Trump closes out his term he is looking to solidify his Iran policy.
It was reported by the New York Times that President Trump asked his military advisors on Thursday about the options he had regarding action against Iran to prevent the country from achieving a viable nuclear weapon threat to the U.S. and our allies.
The Trump Administration meeting occurred a day after international inspectors reported a large increase in Iran’s nuclear material stockpile.
While President Trump argued for striking and crippling Iran’s nuclear weapons infrastructure, U.S. military advisors dissuaded the president from preemptively attack Iran.
It must be noted that no president or figure has had the gall to assassinate Iran’s top general as President Trump did on January 3rd, 2020 — shocking the world.
President Obama made countries question America’s commitment to “red lines.” President Trump has made clear that lines crossed carry a cost.
Advisers — including Vice President Mike Pence; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Christopher C. Miller, the acting defense secretary; and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — warned that a strike against Iran’s facilities could easily escalate into a broader conflict in the last weeks of Mr. Trump’s presidency.
Were the U.S. to strike Iran, the U.S. military would likely start by striking the nuclear facilities at Natanz, where the International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Wednesday that Iran’s uranium stockpile was now 12 times larger than permitted under the nuclear accord that Mr. Trump abandoned in 2018. The agency also noted that Iran blocked further investigation of suspected Iranian nuclear weapons activity.
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Last week, President Trump dismissed the U.S. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper. And by “dismissed,” meaning fired by Tweet.
Sec. Dec. Esper has been on the record in recent months publicly disagreeing with Trump Administration positions.
So – should we bomb Iran?
Vice President Dick Cheney thought so – then the U.S. instead conducted a cyber strike against the Iranian Natanz facility, taking out about 1,000 of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges.
The Pentagon has been silent on its updated strike plans for Iranian nuclear facilities.
A report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran found it now had a stockpile of more than 2,442 kilograms, or over 5,385 pounds, of low-enriched uranium. This amount is enough to produce about two nuclear weapons, according to an analysis of the report by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS). Ultimately, as of right now Iran would need at least several months more of additional processing to enrich its uranium to bomb-grade material, meaning that Iran would not be close to a bomb until late spring at the earliest.
Iran denies it wants to build a nuclear weapon. We know that despite its lip service to the contrary, Iran is steadily building its capacity. While President Trump rescinded the Iran Deal, the Iranians largely stuck to the limits of the multilateral deal by slowly building their nuclear weapon capacities.
Trump Administration hawk Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has advocated for preemptively striking Iran to check the country’s radical theocratic regime’s ambitions for world oblivion.
U.S. officials are especially looking at the upcoming date of January 3rd which is the one-year anniversary of the President Trump-directed strike that killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Secretary Pompeo has been one of President Trump’s strongest supporters of a strong U.S. foreign policy. Part of the power in being strong in international affairs is being recognized as being fair. A strong and just America makes the world a better place.