‘If This Is True, They Are Even Bigger Lunatics Than We Realized’: UN Officials Reportedly Believe Trump Planning ‘Massive’ Bombing Campaign in Iran

As the Trump administration prepares to deploy 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East in a move critics warned will heighten the possibility of all-out war with Iran, United Nations officials reportedly believe the U.S. is also planning a major “aerial bombardment” of an Iranian nuclear facility.

United Nations officials are “assessing the United States’ plans to carry out a tactical assault on Iran,” the Jerusalem Post reported Monday, citing anonymous diplomatic sources at the U.N. headquarters in New York.

“According to the officials, since Friday, the White House has been holding incessant discussions involving senior military commanders, Pentagon representatives, and advisers to President Donald Trump,” the Post reported. “The military action under consideration would be an aerial bombardment of an Iranian facility linked to its nuclear program.”

One “Western diplomat” told the Post that the bombing campaign would be “massive” but “limited to a specific target.”

The reported plans come after the Trump administration blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week, citing video and photographic evidence that has been characterized as inconclusive at best and completely false at worst.

While raising concerns about the sourcing of the Post‘s report, critics raised alarm at the possibility that the Trump administration is planning to bomb Iran, noting that even a single airstrike would likely prompt a devastating military conflict in the Middle East.

“If this is true, they are even bigger lunatics than we realized,” Cenk Uygur, host of the online news show “The Young Turks,” tweeted late Monday. “If Trump starts a war with Iran, he will have kept none of his promises and created an unimaginable disaster in the Middle East.”

Ryan Costello, policy director at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), noted that the Post‘s reporting “tracks with what Pentagon officials said is [the] most likely option last month.”

Citing an anonymous Pentagon source, Newsweek reported last month that “if anything is likely to happen involving the [Trump administration’s] preliminary Iran options, it would involve a heavy guided missile strike campaign in an attempt to lead Tehran to the negotiation table with Washington.”

 

Just before announcing the deployment of 1,000 more troops to the Middle East, the Pentagon on Monday released  a “timeline” and additional photos that it said provide more proof that Iran was behind the tanker attacks last week.

But, as Politico reported, “Nothing in the photos or accompanying documents reveal evidence of the placement of the magnetic mines on the ship.”

While the Trump administration has attempted to convince European nations to echo its narrative that Iran was responsible for the attacks, representatives of major European nations—with the exception of the United Kingdom—have expressed skepticism and called for an independent investigation.

“The video is not enough,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters after the U.S. military released footage last Thursday purporting to show Iranians removing an unexploded mine from the side of one of the damaged tankers.

“We can understand what is being shown, sure, but to make a final assessment, this is not enough for me,” Maas said.

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Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

Our government is just as much a lunatic for allowing him to do it. Trump has to be removed sooner than later. He’s sick!

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

Why would anyone be surprised by what this “walking colostomy bag “is up to ? ..He’s lied about everything and anything ..He ,nor any of his family had ever served in the military..Now he wants to send our young folks out to IRAN , …..to kill and die for his.. …
…..(twisted political ambitions) …How can the Congress allow him to do this . Another endless
….war , for the military industrial complex!!!

Alfred Higgins
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Alfred Higgins

Just more Republican SOP: When polls and ratings are failing, just provoke another phony war to incite the WalMart Patriots!

Independent
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Is it possible that another country (Saudi Arabia) is involved in the attacks?

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico
War hawks …in the Trump administration, what would anyone expect.? Trumps version of “FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY “ Bolton and Pompaio , they Want war so bad “they can taste it “. ..Along with Walk Street and the military industrial complex. ..,They’ve been preying for war again . And don’t believe otherwise. Because everything Trump has done ,from the beginning of his “FAKE “ presidency’s has aimed at going to war with Iran, and everyone knows it . It is one of his promises to his base . ..And only Congress can stop him by my not funding any… Read more »