How Donald Trump May Push America into a War with Iran

John Glaser
Reuters

John Glaser

Security, Middle East

The Trump administration’s frenzied provocations could lead America to the brink of a conflict with Iran—one that almost no one actually wants.

How Donald Trump May Push America into a War with Iran

Is the Trump administration readying war plans against Iran? Somebody certainly wants us to think so. The question is who, and for what purpose?

The bombshell New York Times article detailed an updated military plan that was presented by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan last week. The plan called for up to 120,000 U.S. troops to be deployed to the Persian Gulf region “should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons.” This is cause for alarm. But the plan apparently does not call for a full ground invasion of Iran, which would require a much higher number of troops. And President Trump, who recently asked Iran’s leaders to call him on the phone, seems unlikely to authorize such a war, which would dismay a significant portion of his base as the 2020 campaign picks up.

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