Advisers Talk Trump Out of Military Strike Against Longtime Foe

President Trump is hoping to continue on as Commander in Chief come January 20th, but the prospects are a bit of a toss-up at the moment due to the state of the 2020 election.

But, let’s say Trump did indeed lose the contest, he’s still going to be in charge for another few weeks, and he has some unfinished business to take care of in that time.

In fact, it looks as though he was attempting to get some of that taken care of sooner rather than later.

President Trump asked senior advisers in an Oval Office meeting on Thursday whether he had options to take action against Iran’s main nuclear site in the coming weeks. The meeting occurred a day after international inspectors reported a significant increase in the country’s stockpile of nuclear material, four current and former U.S. officials said on Monday.

A range of senior advisers dissuaded the president from moving ahead with a military strike. The advisers — including Vice President Mike Pence; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Christopher C. Miller, the acting defense secretary; and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — warned that a strike against Iran’s facilities could easily escalate into a broader conflict in the last weeks of Mr. Trump’s presidency.

And what exactly would he target?

Any strike — whether by missile or cyber — would almost certainly be focused on Natanz, where the International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Wednesday that Iran’s uranium stockpile was now 12 times larger than permitted under the nuclear accord that Mr. Trump abandoned in 2018. The agency also noted that Iran had not allowed it access to another suspected site where there was evidence of past nuclear activity.

The US and Iran had a massive rise in tensions back in January, after President Trump ordered the assassination of one of their most terroristic generals.  Iran responded by launching over a dozen ballistic missiles in the general direction of sleeping American troops stationed in Iraq.