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European security officials fear that Trump may trigger a war against Iran

Security officials worry Israel and Saudi Arabia may see the end of Trump as their last chance to go to war with Iran,  MSN (Mitch Prothero) 18 Nov 20, 

    • European security officials are worried that outgoing president Donald Trump will trigger a military conflict with Iran in order to tie President-Elect Joe Biden’s hands, sources tell Insider.
    They also fear that Israel and Saudi Arabia may see the departure of Trump as a ticking clock they need to beat.
    • “Both countries are run by immature leaders who have been screaming about the need for war with Iran for so long it’s possible they really believe that a Biden administration will be followed by an Iranian nuclear attack,” one source told Insider.
    Trump has elevated hardliners on Iran inside the Pentagon.
      • European intelligence officials are alarmed about the possibility of military action towards Iran in the waning days of the Trump administration.
 Concern that Trump — who has pushed for

    maximum pressure on Iran

     — or a combination of Israel or Saudi Arabia creating a military confrontation in the waning days of the administration has been a concern for over a week, according to three European intelligence officials who spoke with Insider.

The news that last week the president requested a list of military options from his military and diplomatic advisors has

 sent these concerns into overdrive.

One fear is of unilateral action by the US to force a military clash that might make it impossible for the incoming Biden

 administration to return to the 2015 joint nuclear agreement that traded sanctions relief on Iran for an end to its
nuclear weapon programs, all three officials said. They declined to speak on the record in exchange for their candid
views on the situation…..

Israel conducted a series of attacks in Iran over the summer, in the knowledge that Trump was sympathetic to a

“maximum pressure” strategy.

The fears were underlined last week, in the wake of Trump’s election defeat, when the president replaced much of

 the top leadership of the Department of Defense — including Secretary Mark Esper — with figures considered

 hardliners on Iran. That inflamed worries among both Democrats and European allies, said all three sources.

Biden — who enters office on Jan 21, 2021 — has not expressed any solid policy positions on Iran except to

highlight his belief that the 2015 agreement (which Trump voided in 2018) had been working as intended in preventing the Iranians from developing a nuclear weapon………

Security officials say the US will be a ‘crippled world power’ until Biden takes over and fear Trump will declassify intelligence that will help Putin
Israel keeps blowing up military targets in Iran, hoping to force a confrontation before Trump can be voted out in November.


November 19, 2020 - Posted by | politics international, USA elections 2016, weapons and war

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