At the end of March the Donald Trump government considered "a provocation" that two Russian planes with one hundred soldiers landed in Caracas. What will the Iranian ayatollahs think when they see ten thousand US troops arriving in the region? That is what worries the Democratic senator Angus King before the plans of the White House, that this Thursday received a part of the Pentagon on the future deployment of troops in the Persian Gulf.
"I do not think the president wants a war with Iran, in fact I do not think any of the parties wants a war," the senator who sits on the Armed Services and Intelligence committees told MNSBC. «The danger is to calculate badly. Who is provoking whom? "He asked himself. In Washington, the request made by National Security Adviser John Bolton to the Pentagon to present a defensive plan that includes sending up to 100,000 troops to the region, according to The New York Times, is seen as a purely preventive and deterrent action. "The question is how Iran will take it. Sometimes wars start by accident, and that is the greatest danger we face. "
Maybe that's why the Pentagon has only presented a plan to deploy between 5,000 and 10,000 troops, according to Associated Press, but having happened behind closed doors it is unknown if that could be only the first phase. "According to our well-established policy, we will not discuss or speculate about alleged future operations or plans," said Army Staff spokesman Colonel Patrick Ryder.
To materialize would be another step in the military escalation that began earlier this month with the dispatch of a war carrier equipped with four B-52 bombers, in addition to the movement of antiaircraft batteries with Patriots missiles to an unspecified country in the region.
The State Department has also ordered the evacuation of all non-essential personnel at the US embassy in Iraq. Just last Sunday, this diplomatic headquarters, the largest in the US in the world, was the target of a missile that failed to land inside the facilities. No one was injured or claimed responsibility, but the Pentagon says it was shot from the east of Baghdad, occupied by Shiite militias backed by Iran.
What worries the observers is the lack of strategy on the part of the Trump government, something that Democratic congresswoman Abigail Spanberger considers "deeply disturbing." Trump himself has acknowledged that it is he who has to "temper" the Bolton instincts of war, which has taken over the military power of the government in the absence of a secretary of defense since the resignation of James Mattis at Christmas. Two weeks ago Trump nominated Boeing engineer Patrick Shanahan, who holds the position, to consolidate Bolton's power.