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NYT: "Hard-liner" Pentagon war plans call for deploying up to 120,000 troops after Iranian attack; Trump: "Fake news"


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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Hotair.com: “NYT: "Hard-liner" Pentagon war plans call for deploying up to 120,000 troops after Iranian attack; Trump: "Fake news"”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

One could headline this New York Times article thusly: War planners gotta warplan. Administration sources told Eric Schmitt and Julian Barnes that the acting Secretary of Defense has updated the US plans to deal with military provocations by Iran or its proxies, reportedly after prompting by “hard-liners.” Even the Times reporters note that the scale doesn’t really look that “hard-line,” though:

At a meeting of President Trump’s top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons, administration officials said.

The revisions were ordered by hard-liners led by John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s national security adviser. They do not call for a land invasion of Iran, which would require vastly more troops, officials said.

The development reflects the influence of Mr. Bolton, one of the administration’s most virulent Iran hawks, whose push for confrontation with Tehran was ignored more than a decade ago by President George W. Bush.

Perhaps. That’s likely what their sources are telling the reporters, but one would think that “the most virulent Iran hawks” would envision not just containment actions but also a theoretical invasion as well. The fact that the Pentagon doesn’t even bother to game that out shows that virulence, in this case, has the curious virtue of realism.

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