The Wall Street Journal broke the story yesterday….
Something tells me there IS a redeployment coming of an unknown amount of American (And other countries ?) troops BACK to the Middle East…The WSJ didn’t just pull its info out of thin air…
Republican Senator’s have been unable to get a straight answer out the Pentagon people, who are probably afraid to speak their minds with Trump looking over their shoulders…The word is that Trump HAS approved the moves that ARE counter to his announced prior wishes to have the troops out of the region…
The Trump administration is considering a significant expansion of the U.S. military footprint in the Middle East, including dozens more ships, other military hardware and as many as 14,000 additional troops to counter Iran, U.S. officials said.
The deployment could double the number of U.S. military personnel who have been sent to the region since the start of a troop buildup in May. President Donald Trump is expected to make a decision on the new deployments as soon as this month, those officials said.
Trump, facing an election next year, has long sought to exit foreign entanglements and avoid new conflicts. But on Iran — and partly at the behest of Israel — he is convinced of the need to counter the threat his aides say Tehran poses, the officials said. He also could approve a smaller U.S. deployment, the officials said.
There is growing fear among U.S. military and other administration officials that an attack on U.S. interests and forces could leave the U.S. with few options in the region, officials said. By sending additional military resources to the region, the administration would be presenting a more credible deterrent to Tehran, which has been blamed for a series of attacks, including one in September against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. Iran has denied involvement….