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Is John Bolton trying to drive Trump to war with Iran? – podcast

Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, was a key architect of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Now he is stoking tensions with Iran. Julian Borger describes how the standoff could get out of control. Also today: Katharine Viner on how the Guardian is updating its language when reporting on the climate crisisJohn Bolton, who has been called “the most dangerous man in the world”, was not Donald Trump’s first pick for his national security adviser. But after a series of resignations...
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Iran 'threat' has diminished, says US defense secretary

Patrick Shanahan credits US show of forceRemarks appear to be a sign tension is easing This handout picture released by the US navy shows an F/A-18E Super Hornet landing on the flight deck of the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Gulf. Photograph: MC3 Jeff Sherman/AFP/Getty Images The acting US defence secretary has claimed that the alleged threat from Iran has receded as the result of an American show of force in the Middle East. “We’ve put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans,” P...
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To defuse this crisis the US must start talking to Iran | Peter Westmacott

As Washington raises the stakes, the risk of a misunderstanding is high – and it could lead to a new conflict in the Middle East,Once again Iran is the focus of attention for Washington’s foreign policy hawks – and by extension for the rest of us. Donald Trump says he doesn’t want a war with Iran, but his national security adviser, John Bolton, has despatched warships and bombers to the region while the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has been sharing worrying intelligence about Iranian intent...
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The U.S. Is Outplaying Iran in a Regional Chess Match

In the first two weeks of May, U.S.–Iran tensions appeared to be careening toward war. In an escalating series of warnings, the U.S. asserted that an attack by Iran would be met with unrelenting force. Iran eventually responded with its usual bluster about being prepared for a full confrontation with Washington. But on the ground the Middle East looks more like a chessboard, with Iran and its allies and proxies facing off against American allies. This state of affairs was brought into sharp reli...
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Donald Trump: 'If Iran wants to fight, that will be the end of Iran'

The US is "afraid" of war with Iran, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard said as tensions between Tehran and Washington intensified over the weekend. Major General Hossein Salami told the Iranian state news agency, IRNA, that the country does not want war. "The difference between us and them is that they are afraid of war and don't have the will for it," he said. His remarks came against a backdrop of increased volatility in the region, with the US sending an aircraft carrier strike g...
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Old grudges, new weapons… is the US on the brink of war with Iran?

While American hawks talk up an ‘imminent’ threat from Tehran with no hard evidence, echoing the start of the Iraq conflict, hardliners are in the ascendant in IranFor better or worse, America remains the world’s leading military superpower. In Washington last week, a familiar row erupted over how best that power should be used. Past targets have included Soviet Russia, al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Today the international bogeyman topping the White House’s to-do list is Ir...
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John Bolton Drives U.S. Pressure On Iran

The Trump administration has sent bombers to the Middle East to counter what it says are Iranian threats. Key to the campaign is National Security Advisor John Bolton, who's focused on Iran decades.
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Who Wants This War with Iran?

Who Wants This War with Iran? U.S.A. –-( Speaking on state TV of the prospect of a war in the Gulf, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei seemed to dismiss the idea. “There won't be any war. … We don't seek a war, and (the Americans) don't either. They know it's not in their interests.” The ayatollah's analysis — war is in neither nation's interest — is correct. Consider the consequences of a war with the United States for his own country. Iran's hundreds of swift boats and h...
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John Bolton: the man driving the US towards war … any war

Donald Trump’s national security adviser is stoking tensions with North Korea, Iran and Venezuela, in line with decades of taking the most hawkish position on any given issueThe US is now engaged in three major confrontations around the world that have the potential to degrade into war. And in the driving seat on all three fronts is John Bolton, one of the most fervent believers in American military might ever to work in the White House. Related: Elizabeth Warren announces plan to protect abor...
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Iran Pits The Machiavellian Pompeo Against Policy Ideologue Bolton

Discussions on how to deal with Iran have thrown two of President Donald Trump’s top advisers on the issue into stark relief. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is the perennial politician, a yes man looking out for his own career future, versus National Security Adviser John Bolton, a man at the end of his career who’s aggressively pushing his own vision. According to a Politico report, Pompeo tries to carry out Trump’s foreign policy vision, never one to push back or ruffle his feathers. Bolton...
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John Bolton Is Exactly What Trump’s Iran Policy Needs

President Donald Trump has said that he is open to negotiations and does not want a war, but his mustachioed national security adviser will not abide. Bolton’s antipathy toward Iran is well-known and longstanding, but the current administration strategy is not aimed at starting a war with Iran.
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Trump says he doesn't want war with Iran. Is John Bolton driving the US into a conflict anyway?

"Bolton in many ways is from central casting if you were looking for a consummate hawk," said Mark Dubowitz, an Iran analyst who advised Trump.
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Trump Admin Moves Fueled Iran’s Aggression, U.S. Intel Says

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyTrump administration hawks have spent the last two weeks decrying an increased threat from Iran. But U.S. intelligence officials assess that Iran’s aggressive moves came in response to the administration’s own actions. Three U.S. government officials familiar with the situation told The Daily Beast that officials in multiple U.S. intelligence agencies have assessed that Iran’s new, threatening activity–which the administration points to in justifying it...
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Trump says he doesn't want war with Iran. Is John Bolton driving the US into a conflict anyway?

John "Bolton in many ways is from central casting if you were looking for a consummate hawk," said Mark Dubowitz, an Iran analyst who advised Trump.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Trump Told Defense Head He Doesn’t Want To Go To War With Iran

President Donald Trump told acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan this week that he didn’t want to go to war with Iran, according to a Thursday New York Times report. Despite saber-rattling by Trump administration officials like National Security Adviser John Bolton and State Secretary Mike Pompeo, Trump made it clear to Shanahan that he doesn’t want to escalate conflict with Iran into full-blown war. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Trump was getting irritated with Bolton a...
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The Many Downsides of War with Iran

The news from the Middle East is grim. Last week, national-security adviser John Bolton announced that the United States was sending a carrier group and a bomber force to the Persian Gulf region in response to a “number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran. Over the weekend, four tankers were sabotaged in an Emirati port. U.S. officials blamed Iran or Iranian allies. Yesterday, the State Department ordered all “non-emergency” personnel from Iraq, and today we received ...
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MSNBC’s Ali Velshi Shuts Down Hugh Hewitt: ‘Hugh, Just Stop, For Heaven’s Sake!’

MSNBC host Ali Velshi tussled with conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt Thursday afternoon over escalating tensions between the Trump administration and Iran. “ I believe the most important  aspect of this confrontation is  that the nature of the Iranian  regime has not changed since  1979,” Hewitt said. “ It’s not about John Bolton.  It’s not about Mike Pompeo.  It’s not about President Trump.  It’s about the fact that we have  a theocracy run by a dictator,” Hewitt said.  As Hew...
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Iran blames ‘unacceptable’ US sanctions for spike in tensions as White House advisors push for forceful response

Iran’s foreign minister has hit out at “unacceptable” sanctions imposed by the US as an international deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions continues to unravel amid a spike in tensions.Mohammad Zarif defended Iran’s right to respond to the US pullout from the nuclear deal last year.“We believe that escalation by the United States is unacceptable and uncalled for. We have exercised maximum restraints,” he said during a visit to Tokyo. In other comments carried on the semi-official Mehr news ag...
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Trump Grumbles About Bolton, Pompeo Getting ‘Ahead Of Themselves’ On Iran

President Trump is getting increasingly agitated with his secretary of state and national security adviser for their proposals on how to stifle an apparent threat against U.S. personnel in Iran and other parts of the Middle East, The Washington Post reported.  Trump views Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton’s strategy as “warlike,” in the Post’s word and feels their plans bypass his own thinking, an administration official with knowledge of the conversatio...
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Is John Bolton the most dangerous man in the world? | Ben Armbruster

The US is closer to war with Iran than it has been since the Bush years, or perhaps ever. And Bolton is largely to blameDonald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton wants the United States to go to war with Iran. Related: Merkel: Europe must unite to stand up to China, Russia and US Continue reading...
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What's behind rising US-Iran tensions in the Gulf?

President Donald Trump's order of a US military buildup in the Gulf to counter alleged threats by Iran has many worried about a looming war and others skeptical of Washington's motivations. On May 5, Trump's hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton announced the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group and a B-52 bomber force to the Gulf. - What is the alleged Iran threat?
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John Bolton, Far Worse Than You Realize

Looking at the escalating (US-created) crisis with Iran, one thing I realize is that a lot of people do not quite know who John Bolton is. They assume – rightly – that anyone in the Trump orbit must be either a moral weakling, a crazy person or someone with one foot out the door. All true. But John Bolton is a unique and uniquely dangerous character. To give some perspective, back during George W. Bush’s second term, Bush nominated Bolton to serve as UN Ambassador. That was in 2006 and with a GO...
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US orders embassy staff from Iraq amid Iran 'threat'

The US on Wednesday ordered all non-emergency staff to leave its embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Arbil, ramping up alarm over an alleged Iran threat even as allies appeared less than convinced. A senior Democratic senator demanded President Donald Trump's administration brief Congress on the Iran threat, warning that the US legislature has not approved military action against Tehran. The embassy evacuation came 10 days after Trump's national security advisor John Bolton announced the milit...
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With Bolton whispering in Trump’s ear, war with Iran is no longer unthinkable | Owen Jones

Antiwar activists must do everything they can to prevent it, and that includes pressuring US alliesIt was a deception that would lead to hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths, and to the deaths of nearly 60,000 US soldiers. In August 1964 President Lyndon B Johnson solemnly declared that, after two apparent North Vietnamese attacks on US navy destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin, military action would take place.Four years later, Senator Albert Gore – father of Bill Clinton’s future vice-presiden...
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Bolton is Donald Trump's war whisperer

John Bolton, President Trump's national security adviser, seemingly hasn't met a war he doesn't love.
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Trump's attempts to rally allies against Iran falls flat with UK official who says there's no threat

As the Trump administration draws up war plans against Iran over what it says are threats to US troops and interests, a senior British military official told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday that he saw no increased risk from Iran or allied militias in Iraq or Syria.A few hours later, the US Central Command issued an unusual rebuke. The remarks from the British official — Major General Chris Ghika, who is also the deputy commander of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State — run “cou...
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US rebukes British general on Iran as it orders embassy staff to leave Iraq

The United States has publicly rebuked a senior British general who challenged claims that Iranian-backed groups are preparing to mount attacks against Western assets in the Middle East.   The extraordinary move came after Major General Chris Ghika, the deputy commander of Operation Inherent Resolve, the US-led coalition against Islamic State, said that there was no increased threat from pro-Iranian groups in Iraq and Syria.  In recent days Donald Trump's administration has said that Iran is...
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State Department orders non-emergency employees to leave Iraq

• Opinion: John Bolton is Trump's war whisperer • Iran accuses US of escalating tensions • Analysis: Putin gets the last laugh, and he knows it
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John Bolton is Donald Trump's war whisperer

John Bolton, President Trump's national security adviser, seemingly hasn't met a war he doesn't love. His enthusiasm for the muscular use of the military seems out of place in the administration of a President who has repeatedly questioned and sought to end America's wars in the Middle East, writes Peter Bergen.
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