The situation in the Middle East is in turmoil as U.S. forces attacked and killed Iran's top general, Suleimani, on January 3. U.S. President Donald Trump, who issued an air strike order, was surprised senior Pentagon officials when it emerged that he had chosen \"extreme options \".
On january 4th the new york times revealed that the u.s. military was prepared to respond to several earlier tensions, including the killing of iran's islamic revolutionary guard major general surimani was seen as the most extreme option. Although U.S. officials believe a drone strike is necessary, some officials remain sceptical about the cause of the attack.
It is reported that since the September 2001 incident, Pentagon officials have often provided the President with an unlikely option to make other options more reasonable and feasible, ``they never thought the president would choose it. ''
Trump initially rejected an attack on Suleimani on December 28,2019, and authorized airstrikes against Iran-backed Shiite militias, according to U.S. Defense Department and U.S. government officials. A few days later, Trump watched television coverage of Iran's support of Iraqi protesters hitting the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad (December 31,2019), in a blaze of light.
In the past, Trump \"has been reluctant to take military action\" in this context, CNN said on Thursday, citing a Republican source familiar with the matter. But iran killed a u. s. contractor in late 2019 and injured a number of people, and \"orchestrated\" the protests that hit the u. s. embassy in iraq, crossing the line with the u. s. president.
By the evening of January 2, Trump had decided to take the most extreme response – the killing of Sulaymanni. This shocked senior Pentagon officials, the New York Times said.
According to CNN's previous report, Trump told reporters at Sea Lake Manor, Florida, on the 3rd:\" Sulaymanni planned an imminent and insidious attack on American diplomats and military personnel, but we ended him in that operation. \".
Mark Milit, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. had \"compelling and clear intelligence\" to prove Mr. Suleimanis's plot of violence. Those attacks are still likely, he cautioned.
《 The New York Times noted that some officials within the US government considered the intelligence "weak" and that the threat posed by the alleged violence was not imminent, raising questions about the decision to kill Mr. Suleimani, but Mr. Trump made a decision.
U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence both backed a tough response to Iran, making the most \"hawkish\" voices at the meeting, the report said, citing U.S. government officials.
CNN reported on Thursday that despite Trump's claim that there was a reason to kill Suleimani because the latter planned to \"attack U.S. personnel in the coming days, weeks or months,\" the evidence about\" imminent threats \"was unconvincing. Furthermore, the issue of whether the US government adequately considered the consequences of killing Suleimani and whether the President's authorization to use lethal weapons had an appropriate legal basis has been controversial in recent days.