One American official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss confidential internal planning, said the new intelligence of an increased Iranian threat was “small stuff” and did not merit the military planning being driven by Mr. Bolton. The official also said the ultimate goal of the yearlong economic sanctions campaign by the Trump administration was to draw Iran into an armed conflict with the United States.
Critics of the Trump administration, and of Mr. John Bolton the national security advisor in particular, have suggested that American officials are presenting faulty intelligence to make a case for war against Iran, as the administration of President George W. Bush did in 2002 to justify the invasion of Iraq. Mr. Bolton was the under secretary of state for arms control and international security then, and he asserted that Saddam Hussein, the longtime ruler of Iraq, was trying to develop weapons of mass destruction.
Let us hope and pray that thousands of people do not die, as they did in Bolton's ill advised Iraqi war. Perhaps someone should remind Donald that he has an 18 year old war in Afghanistan that, perhaps, needs to be dealt with first.
BTW, does anyone know what, if anything, has happened with the Mid East Peace Plan that was assigned to America's favorite spoiled brat Jared Kushner some months back ( ).