By Jake Johnson / <a href="www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/14/disturbing-trump-reportedly-reviewed-bolton-plan-threaten-iran-sending-120000-troops">Common Dreams</a>
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Observers warned the United States is hurtling down the same path that led to the disastrous invasion of Iraq 16 years ago following a report late Monday that President Donald Trump reviewed a plan to send 120,000 ground troops to the Middle East if Iran launches an “attack” on American forces or moves to develop nuclear weapons.
According to the New York Times, the military plan was crafted by national security adviser John Bolton—who has repeatedly expressed support for bombing Iran, including in the pages of the Times—and presented to the president last Thursday by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing executive who Trump nominated last week to serve as permanent Pentagon chief.
“The size of the force involved has shocked some who have been briefed on [the plan],” the Timesreported, citing more than a half-dozen anonymous national security officials. “The 120,000 troops would approach the size of the American force that invaded Iraq in 2003.”
“The high-level review of the Pentagon’s plans was presented during a meeting about broader Iran policy,” according to the Times. “It was held days after what the…