The United States is sending 1,000 more troops to the Middle East as Donald Trump continues to march America into a war with Iran.
According to CNN, “The US will send 1,000 additional US forces and more military resources to the Middle East amid tensions with Iran, the Pentagon announced Monday.”
“In response to a request from the US Central Command for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East,” acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Monday, according to the report.
More of Shanahan’s statement via CNN:
“The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region,” Shanahan said, adding that the “United States does not seek conflict with Iran.”
“The action today is being taken to ensure the safety and welfare of our military personnel working throughout the region and to protect our national interests,” Shanahan said. “We will continue to monitor the situation diligently and make adjustments to force levels as necessary given intelligence reporting and credible threats.”
News of the additional troop deployment comes as the State Department announced Monday that Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will travel Tuesday to the command center that oversees Middle East military operations.
Trump is itching for a war in the Middle East
Donald Trump and his lackeys have made it clear throughout the past several weeks that they are itching to start another war in the Middle East.
Over the past month, the administration has been quick to blame the Iranians for a series of attacks in the Middle East without presenting supporting evidence to the American public.
One former State Department official said over the weekend that this administration’s increasingly aggressive stance toward Iran is sending “chills” down her spine.
Donald Trump campaigned against pointless wars in the Middle East because it was a popular talking point to spoon feed his rally crowds. Like much of his rhetoric, though, he said it in the moment without any intention of following through after he took office. It was another throwaway line to win votes.
Now, as his own internal polls show his reelection bid already in trouble before it starts, he is hoping that starting another quagmire in the Middle East will boost his political fortunes.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.