Pompeo: US Has Full Range of Options, Including Military Options, on Iran

Vows US will guarantee passage through Strait of Hormuz

In an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US is considering “a full range of options” against Iran. Adding that during briefings to President Trump, “of course” military options were discussed.

“The President will consider everything we need to do to make sure, right?” Pompeo said, adding that Trump has “said very clearly he doesn’t want to go to war.” Yet all the consideration of war is clearly happening on the US side.

Pompeo has very much been the public face of this march to war, as the first high-ranking administration official to comment on the tanker explosions, blaming Iran, and trying to frame it as part of “40 years of Iranian aggression.”

During the course of these comments, Pompeo rattled off a list of US allegations against Iran, mostly as unproven as the current crisis. An outlier in this was a suicide bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan in May. Pompeo put it on the list of Iran incidents, even though the Taliban claimed credit for that immediately when it happened, and there had never been any suggestion that it wasn’t a Taliban attack.

Mentioning the Kabul incident in the context of Iran shocked many, suggesting it reflects an administration that is “itching for a fight with Iran” and is willing to make things up in the process.

Officials are still presenting this as a freedom of navigation issue. Pompeo emphasized that the US will guarantee free passage through the Strait of Hormuz. Yet clear, the narrow strait off the coast of Iran would be all but impossible to keep open during a war, Ironically, in selling the Strait as a reason for a war, Pompeo and others may be selling a war that would necessarily imperil navigation through the area for the duration of the conflict.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.