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Esper said he 'didn't see' intelligence backing up Trump claim Iran was preparing to attack 4 embassies
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: January 12, 2020 10:49AM
Why should he see it? He's only the Secretary of Defense.

Esper said he 'didn't see' intelligence backing up Trump claim Iran was preparing to attack 4 embassies/
I didn't see one with regard to four embassies," Esper said of evidence leading to Trump's conclusion. "What I'm saying is I shared the president's view."

[www.nbcnews.com]

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that he "didn't see" specific evidence that Iran was readying to attack four U.S. embassies, as President Donald Trump claimed last week, though Esper said he shared Trump's view that such an attack was "probably" in the works.

"What the president said was he believed that it probably and could've been attacks against additional embassies," Esper told CBS's "Face the Nation." "I shared that view, I know other members of the national security team shared that view, that's why I deployed thousands of American paratroopers to the Middle East to reinforce our embassy in Baghdad and other sites throughout the region."

After telling reporters that Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike this month, sought to blow up the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Trump told Fox News host Laura Ingraham in a Friday interview: "I can reveal that I believe it would have been four embassies" Soleimani was plotting against.

Esper said the president made no citation of "a specific piece of evidence," adding that Trump was just making clear what he believed to be the case.

"I didn't see one with regard to four embassies," Esper said of a specific piece of evidence leading to Trump's conclusion. "What I'm saying is I shared the president's view ... my expectation was they were going to go after our embassies."

Speaking with CNN's "State of the Union," Esper said intelligence showed "there was an intent to target the U.S. embassy in Baghdad."

"What the president said with regard to the four embassies is what I believe as well," he added. "He said that they probably, that they could have been targeting the embassies in the region. I believe that as well, as did other national security team members."

National security adviser Robert O’Brien echoed Esper's comments, telling NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday the U.S. "had exquisite intelligence" Iran was looking to attack U.S. facilities throughout the region.

"The president’s interpretation of that intelligence is very consistent with it," he added. "So I think this has been a Washington thing — when we tell the American people there was exquisite intelligence and there was going to be an attack on Americans, we had to stop that."

In other words, this one from Trump is a 'Fifteen Flusher'



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Re: Esper said he 'didn't see' intelligence backing up Trump claim Iran was preparing to attack 4 embassies
Posted by: Acer
Date: January 12, 2020 01:09PM
What would Iran gain by blowing up four embassies? They sable rattle from time to time, but they are not stupid.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/12/2020 01:10PM by Acer.
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Re: Esper said he 'didn't see' intelligence backing up Trump claim Iran was preparing to attack 4 embassies
Posted by: Ammo
Date: January 12, 2020 04:19PM
Esper is protecting his rear end in case this adventure blows up on Trump. Meanwhile, talking out of the other side of his mouth, he says Trump was probably right to do what he did.

Right out of the “Math for Cowards” manual.



Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. —Wendy Mass

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