Trump would like to go away with a bang. And what better than in Iran, where he would do his friend Benjamin Netanyahu a favor. He raised it Thursday, according to The New York Times, during a meeting in the Oval Office at which his new acting secretary of defense, a veteran of the special forces in Iraq and Afghanistan who was in his previous position as assistant for operations, was present. anti-terrorists managed to designate Iran and Hezbollah as threats to the United States.
Luckily there was also the Chief of the General Staff, General Mark Milley, who, forced by the purge, has become the adult of the Pentagon. The president’s questions about a missile attack on Iranian nuclear facilities raised so much concern in the room that even Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tried to dissuade him. According to the New York newspaper, General Miller left the room with the impression that he had succeeded, after dramatically presenting the risks of such an attack.
His argument is that any type of attack during the transition could easily get out of hand and lead to a regional war that would mark his legacy. Still, Trump insisted on knowing his options and possible goals. Natanz, where the Atomic Energy Agency reported 12 times more uranium last week than allowed under the antinuclear treaty the Trump administration abandoned two years ago, was the leading candidate. With that report, analysts have concluded that Trump’s policies have allowed Iran to become an even greater threat than it was in 2016, when Barack Obama transferred power to him, a comparison that the president could not allow.
The instigator appears to have been Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been attempting a US military coup against Iran through several administrations. Vice President Dick Cheney himself wrote in his memoirs that Israel had convinced him to support that idea, which George W. Bush did not accept, although he allowed sophisticated cyberattacks that damaged about a thousand centrifugal reactors and continued during the Obama administration.
Netanyahu was one of the international leaders who reserved congratulations in the first days after Joe Biden’s victory was known, but then he accepted reality and offered through Twitter to cultivate the “long and quality personal relationship” that according to him unites him with Biden, “a great friend of Israel.” The two spoke by phone on Tuesday, in what the prime minister’s office said was a very cordial call in which Biden “reiterated his deep commitment to the state of Israel and its security.”
- Restlessness in the oval office.
He asked his military advisers for options to attack Iranian nuclear plants with missiles
Biden’s has not issued a statement on the call, dedicated to solidifying his position as president-elect with political appointments and announcements that force the Trump administration to ease the transition. Due to his experience in foreign policy, the help of the State Department in the congratulatory calls he receives from foreign leaders does not seem so essential, but it is the one that will allow him to coordinate the distribution of the vaccine without delay. “More people can die if we don’t coordinate,” he warned Monday.
This Tuesday he announced a batch of new appointments for the West Wing made up predominantly of the closest circle of advisers who have served him during the campaign, such as Mike Donilon, who was his chief strategist and will write his speeches in the White House, or Dana Remus , advisor to the Obama Foundation and the campaign, who will accompany him in that same position. With these ads, gender and gender diversity is consolidated. More than half of his appointments correspond to women (52%, according to CNN), while the non-Anglo population reaches 41%, so that his government has “the same appearance as the United States,” he explained on Tuesday.
The Pentagon confirms the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in January
Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller officially announced the withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday to 2,500 troops on January 15, 2021, and a similar number in Iraq.
Miller remarked in an intervention at the headquarters of the Department of Defense that the decision does not imply a change in policy, and is consistent with the strategic objectives of the United States.
Currently, the United States maintains about 4,500 military personnel in Afghanistan and 3,000 in Iraq.
The substantial troop reduction ordered by outgoing President Donald Trump will come just days before the inauguration of his successor, President-elect Joe Biden.
Trump fired the hitherto Pentagon chief Mark Esper on November 9, a decision expected after the military chief opposed this summer the president’s plan to deploy the military to crack down on protests against police violence. that shook the country.