President Trump and his new national security advisor John Bolton had originally envisioned a much larger attack on Syria than the one that eventually did take on Friday April 13th.
The U.S President had suggested direct attacks on Russian and Iranian targets in the war-torn country.
The Wall Street Journal has reported citing high level sources in the White House.
The resistance of Secretary of Defence James Mattis led to a massive reduction in the size and scope of the attack plan and U.S and British and French forces took extreme care not to any harm to any Russian assets of personnel in Syria.
The former Marine Corps general cautioned against any U.S attack that would harm the Russian military in Syria as it could lead to a direct conflict between the two nuclear powers.
In an ironic twist General Mattis, who is commonly referred to as “Mad-Dog Mattis” was the voice of restrained while the neo-conservative hawk John Bolton pushed for much greater bloodshed.
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