Former U.S. officials said it was unnerving that the National Security Council asked for far-reaching military options to strike Iran in response to attacks that caused little damage and no injuries.
The explosives reportedly landed in an abandoned lot adjacent to U.S. Embassy and resulted in no casualties, the Journal reported, adding that he Basra attacks did not affect the consulate operations. Two days later, militants fired rockets that hit close to the United States consulate in the southern city of Basra.
The State Department hasn't commented on the report.
U.S. President Donald Trump's national security team has over the past months conducted a series of meetings to discuss strikes against Iran.More news: Rosenthal: The Yankees are now out on Manny Machado, right? Well…
"It definitely rattled people", one former senior USA administration official told the Wall Street Journal.
The Journal, citing conversations with people familiar with the talks, also reported that the council requested options for launching strikes at both Iraq and Syria when they made the request for Iran.
"What makes this different, however, is that the White House - in the form of Bolton - ordered the Pentagon to present these plans in the heat of the moment following an attack on USA facilities", Price continued.
Relations between Tehran and Washington are highly fraught following Trump's decision in May to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and to reimpose sanctions, including on Iran's vital oil sector. But it isn't clear if the proposals were provided to the White House, whether President Donald Trump knew of the request or whether serious plans for a US strike against Iran took shape at that time, the newspaper writes. The fact that Bolton was so quick to ask for military options in response to such a minor incident shows how biased in favor of illegally attacking Iran he is. Pompeo is doing a nine-nation tour of the Middle East, in part to court support against Iran.