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Remember John Bolton and his vicious doctrine vs. Iran?

The Commander-in-Chief acted last June after the US drone was taken out. REVENGE is the term used.

Donald Trump authorized the killing of Soleimani seven months ago | JPost |

The report also indicated that the presidential directive was issued in June, on the condition that he would sign off on any specific operation to kill Soleimani.

The alleged prior knowledge Trump had may undermine the official claim that Soleimani was planning imminent attacks on Americans. "There have been a number of options presented to the president over the course of time," according to a  senior administration official said, who noted it was "some time ago" that the president's aides discussed assassinating Soleimani on a list of potential retaliatory responses to Iranian aggression.

The report also noted that US intelligence have been tracking Soleimani for many years, and with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's urging, discussed the possibility of retaliating against Soleimani after Pompeo revealed intelligence that showed the existence of "very serious threats that didn't come to fruition."

Moreover, talks of killing Soleimani were also brought up in 2017 between Trump and then national security adviser Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, later becoming more serious upon John Bolton taking over the position, the latter of whom resigned following policy disagreements between him and the Trump administration.

Under Bolton's advice, Trump declared the entire IRGC organization as a terrorist group, equivalent to organizations such as Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

My earlier diaries ...

United States of America Declared a Bandit State
Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani Martyred In Baghdad

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 12:50:43 PM EST

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