White House asked for options to strike Iran

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"It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran".

The Jerusalem Post reports that the Pentagon was "rattled" by Bolton's inquiry and it's unknown whether any option for military action against Iran ever made it to the president's desk.

In a statement provided to CNN on Sunday, Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the council, said that it "coordinates policy and provides the President with options to anticipate and respond to a variety of threats".

The US blamed Tehran despite the Iranian administration denying the attack, which saw three mortar shells land in Baghdad's diplomatic quarter and close to the US Embassy last September.

The explosives reportedly landed in an abandoned lot adjacent to U.S. Embassy and resulted in no casualties, the Journal reported, adding that he Basra attacks did not affect the consulate operations.

A senior administration official told CNN on Sunday that it's not accurate to say the Pentagon and State Department were caught off guard by the request, but would not confirm any other details from the Journal's report.

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The National Security Council asking for military strike options against the Middle Eastern nation in response to relatively minor incidents has caused some former United States officials to express alarm. In 2015, while working for a think tank, he wrote an op-ed for the New York Times titled "To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran". "Any attack by Shia militias against US should be treated as an attack from Iran".

He has worked with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in implementing a more hardline approach to Iran since taking office.

Official White House policy does not call for regime change in Iran, and Bolton has said he would implement the President's agenda.

In one NSC meeting, then deputy national security advisor Mira Ricardel called the attacks in Iraq an "act of war" and called for a decisive U.S. response.

Pompeo said on Friday that the summit, to be held in Warsaw on 13-14 February, would focus on stability and security in the Middle East, including on the "important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilising influence".

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