Trump Says ‘No Boots on the Ground’ for Iran War

Bolton: 'Simply no evidence' Iran has renounced nuclear weapons

Following up on Tuesday’s threats to attack Iran, President Trump tried to downplay both his casual talk of “obliteration” of parts of another country, and his open admission that he hadn’t even considered an exit strategy.

Trump now insists the war “wouldn’t last very long,” and he isn’t even contemplating putting “boots on the ground” in Iran. He bragged of what a “very strong position” the US is in for such a war.

This shows a disturbing change in attitude from Trump, who less than a week ago called off an attack on Iran at the last minute. Now, he seems to be convinced that the US could have a brief war with Iran with no ground combat, exactly the sort of claims the administration’s hawks have been trying to sell for years.

Trump also said he could live without either the war or talks, saying “I have unlimited time, as far as I’m concerned.”

Main administration hawk John Bolton continued to urge action against Iran for its “belligerence,” and declared that there is “simply no evidence” that Iran has renounced nuclear weapons.

Iran has consistently and repeatedly renounced nuclear weapons since 2003, and did so most recently on Tuesday. Iran’s Supreme Leader, in 2003, declared nuclear weapons religiously unacceptable, and Iran has only reiterated that position since, even though US officials continue to pretend it never happened.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.