Norm Smith Medallist
- Dec 27, 2017
- AFL Club
- North Melbourne
He was always a target. Just after he was assassinated, my first thought was because he was finally out in the open and that he was a high value target of what the USA considers a terrorist organisation, rather than simple payback. Bolton is an offensive realist and has a strong voice in the administration.U.S. Unsuccessfully Tried Killing a Second Iranian Military Official
- The U.S. military attempted to kill a senior Iranian military official in Yemen on the same day a drone strike killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani.
- The plan shows that the White House had a broader aim in mind than was previously known: stopping Iran from carrying out proxy wars in other countries.
Trump said on Friday that a senior Iranian general killed by a U.S. drone strike had been planning attacks on four U.S. embassies, a claim made to justify the decision but that was at odds with intelligence assessments from senior officials in Trump’s administration.
I can reveal that I believe it probably would’ve been four embassies,” Trump said.
But a senior administration official and a senior defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss classified information, said they were only aware of vague intelligence about a plot against the embassy in Baghdad and that the information did not suggest a fully formed plot. Neither official said there were threats against multiple embassies.
The senior administration official said that Trump has been fixated on not allowing an attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility, out of fear of being compared unfavorably to his predecessor.
Trump is “totally obsessed with not letting something like Benghazi happen to him,” the official said, referring to the 2012 attack on a U.S. facility in Libya that has achieved totemic status among Trump allies, who see it as evidence of former president Barack Obama’s alleged weakness in the face of terrorism.
The embassy in Baghdad did not receive an alert commensurate to the threat Trump described, said a person familiar with the situation, who was not authorized to comment publicly. When the U.S. government has specific information about threats to embassies, warnings or alerts are often sent to embassy personnel to be vigilant.
I’ve heard Bolton called a lot of things an offensive realist is a new one.He was always a target. Just after he was assassinated, my first thought was because he was finally out in the open and that he was a high value target of what the USA considers a terrorist organisation, rather than simple payback. Bolton is an offensive realist and has a strong voice in the administration.
My original assessment about the unlikelihood of a broader ‘world’ war was proven right, thankfully for us.
Offensive realism is an IR (theoretical) approach which informs many of Bolton’s Hawk actions.I’ve heard Bolton called a lot of things an offensive realist is a new one.
he’s the ultimate war hawk, no compromise and he has had his sights set on Iran for years.
Trump being a libertarian puts an interesting spin on it, as you could argue the military is the last great bastion of state power.True. He wants the whole military privatised doesn’t he? The US use Princes private army a bit already. Gives plausible deniability.
Prince is committed to two regions in China, HK and Xinjiang. The fact he openly stated he wants to restart the east India company is a pretty big give away, he’s a Wolfe in sheep’s clothing for Winnie the Pooh’s government.Prince reckons he is a libertarian.
He's also heavily committed to China isn't he?
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