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

4 days ago   |   By Business Insider

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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.
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