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Old 12-04-2019, 04:39 PM  
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Trump Administration Considers 14,000 More Troops for Mideast

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-a...st-11575494228

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is considering a significant expansion of the U.S. military footprint in the Middle East, including dozens more ships, other military hardware and as many as 14,000 additional troops to counter Iran, U.S. officials said.

The deployment could double the number of U.S. military personnel who have been sent to the region since the start of a troop buildup in May. President Trump is expected to make a decision on the new deployments as soon as this month, those officials said.

Mr. Trump, facing an election next year, has long sought to exit foreign entanglements and avoid new conflicts. But on Iran—and partly at the behest of Israel—he is convinced of the need to counter the threat his aides say Tehran poses, the officials said. He also could approve a smaller U.S. deployment, the officials said.

There is growing fear among U.S. military and other administration officials that an attack on U.S. interests and forces could leave the U.S. with few options in the region, officials said. By sending additional military resources to the region, the administration would be presenting a more credible deterrent to Tehran, blamed for a series of attacks, including one in September against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. Iran has denied involvement.

The new U.S. deployment also would be designed as a deterrent against possible Iranian retaliation for mounting sanctions under the administration’s economic-pressure campaign. Some officials worry, however, that adding more American military resources to the mix could provoke another attack or put the region on track for a dangerous and unpredictable conflict.

The additional forces would join the roughly 14,000 U.S. service members sent to the region since May, when American intelligence analysts identified a threat from Iran and the U.S. Central Command commander, Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, requested additional ships, missile-defense platforms and troops.

John Rood, the Pentagon’s senior policy official, on Wednesday hinted at an expanded deployment to counter Iran. Mr. Rood said no decision has been made on additional capabilities but that the situation is expected to remain fluid.

“Deterrence is dynamic, our response is going to be dynamic,” he said at a breakfast with reporters.
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:38 AM   #46
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We shouldn't be defending any nation that has the bomb.
a.k.a the samson option?
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Old 12-06-2019, 06:33 AM   #47
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It's time to cut Israel loose, make them fend for themselves, and stop basing Middle East foreign policy on religious fairy tale bullshit.
That would mean the world might have an endless supply of glass...
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Old 12-06-2019, 06:34 AM   #48
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Okay. I like where this is leading..
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Old 12-06-2019, 09:42 AM   #49
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Trump just dropped a steaming donger on this thread.

That isn't what the article claimed, but hey, it's Trump!



Fake tweet, as it were.
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Sorry Donger. But the Pentagon Chief has stated that this report is "flat out wrong".

"As the Department has stated repeatedly, we were never discussing or considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a statement.

"Reports of this are flat out wrong. [The Department of Defense] will always stand ready to respond to future actions by our adversaries if and when they arise, but the Pentagon is not considering sending 14,000 troops to CENTCOM. This report is false."

So....yes. Fake news.
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Old 12-06-2019, 01:02 PM   #51
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Sorry Donger. But the Pentagon Chief has stated that this report is "flat out wrong".

"As the Department has stated repeatedly, we were never discussing or considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a statement.

"Reports of this are flat out wrong. [The Department of Defense] will always stand ready to respond to future actions by our adversaries if and when they arise, but the Pentagon is not considering sending 14,000 troops to CENTCOM. This report is false."

So....yes. Fake news.
Yes, I know. And who does the DOD chief work for?
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:20 PM   #52
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Yes, I know. And who does the DOD chief work for?
So you are saying that you don't believe the DOD Chief?

Do you believe that he is lying?

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Old 12-06-2019, 05:23 PM   #53
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So you are saying that you don't believe the DOD Chief?

Do you believe that he is lying?
I believe that it's possible that Trump ordered him to say that, and/or nixed the deployment.
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:35 PM   #54
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I believe that it's possible that Trump ordered him to say that, and/or nixed the deployment.
Oh, I see. You BELIEVE that. TDS does that to people.

But that seems to be enough, according to the standard that has been set by the witnesses for the Democrats in the House of Representatives Inquiry, to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States.

Your President!

So, carry on. I guess.
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Oh, I see. You BELIEVE that. TDS does that to people.

But that seems to be enough, according to the standard that has been set by the witnesses for the Democrats in the House of Representatives Inquiry, to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States.

Your President!

So, carry on. I guess.
Well, we know that Trump has interjected himself in DOD positions before.

But no, I don't know.

He's not my president.
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