FAST FIVE: White House To Send Another 2,000 Troops To Counter "Credible" Iranian Threat
Yesterday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured his interviewers on Fox News that the threat from Iran is totally “real” and “credible” – though he once again refused to get into specifics.
But whatever the threat might be, American troops in the region will soon be able to sleep a little easier, because the White House and Pentagon have reportedly agreed to send “roughly 2,000” additional troops to the Middle East…to help protect American forces in the region.
Though Washington has been vague about the exact nature of the immediate threat from Iran that prompted the evacuation of diplomatic personnel from nearby Iraq, Iran has certainly been getting more belligerent by the day, reiterating its threats to seize control of the Strait of Hormuz – which could damage the global oil trade – while promising to start stockpiling enriched uranium again.
Now, Trump will look like he's resisting the whims of Bolton and the generals by capping the number at 2,000.
It's worth remembering: Despite these escalations, the official line from the Pentagon is there's no plan to go to war.