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The Trump administration has been itching for a fight with Iran, but Mattis held it back. Now he's gone

Posted On: Jan 14, 2019   |   Posted By: Business Insider

The Trump administration has been itching for a fight with Iran, but Mattis held it back. Now he's gone

The Trump administration has reportedly asked the Pentagon repeatedly for military strike options against Iran, requests that were derailed by former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.
The National Security Council, led by White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, asked for these options last fall in response to an unsuccessful attack on the diplomatic quarter in Baghdad, Iraq by militants aligned with Iran.
A little over a year earlier, President Donald Trump asked for options to sink the Iranian speedboats that have harassed US warships.
Mattis resigned on December 20, 2018, leaving the Pentagon about two weeks later.
Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis was reportedly a bulwark inside the Trump administration who blocked the use of force against Iran, raising questions about whether the US will launch more strikes in his absence..
The Trump administration, specifically the national security team led by hawkish White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, requested military options for a...

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