H/t reader eric.
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Unveiling the Trump administration’s new National Defense Strategy, Jim Mattis said the main focus for US defense was competition with resurgent powers Russia and China which, he said, want to impose an authoritarian model of government on other nations.
“We are facing increased global disorder, characterized by decline in the long-standing rules-based international order—creating a security environment more complex and volatile than any we have experienced in recent memory. Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in US national security,” says the summary of the new NDS published simultaneously.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has had a long and storied career in the armed services.
As The Daily Caller’s Benny Johnson details, the four-Star Marine general is beloved by those who serve under him for his no-nonsense, blunt leadership style.
Mattis is also known for his colorful quotes on and off the battlefield, which is why no one was surprised when he gave the world another classic quote today at the Pentagon.
While speaking with a gaggle of reporters this afternoon, Mattis was asked what his biggest military concern of 2018 was.
“I don’t have concerns. I create them”
The quote follows in a long tradition of magnificent Mattis quotes, including his answer to what keeps him awake at night:
“Nothing. I Keep Other People Awake At Night.”
And these classics:
“It’s quite fun to shoot them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people.”
“There are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”
“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
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Most reports have presented North Korea’s nuclear retaliatory capabilities as a rapidly advancing part of their military, and one which may preclude a unilateral US attack against them. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has rejected that idea.
On Friday, Mattis said analysis of the most recent North Korean test launch, the one that led many to conclude they could reach anywhere in the mainland United States, was not “shown to be a capable threat against us right now.”
Mattis did not elaborate on what about the North Korean tests was lacking as far as presenting them as a capable threat. Past reports, however, questioned North Korea’s capacity to steer such weapons accurately at long range.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has warned that an American withdrawal from Afghanistan would be “to our ultimate peril,” weeks after President Donald Trump announced to prolong the Afghan war, which he once described as a “complete waste.”
“Based on intelligence community analysis and my own evaluation, I am convinced we would absent ourselves from this region at our peril,” Mattis said on Tuesday while briefing the US Congress on plans to increase American troop levels in the South Asian country.
The Trump administration recently announced plans to send an additional 3,000 troops to Afghanistan where the US already has 11,000 forces.
H/t reader squodgy:
“OF COURSE IT WILL.”
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Less than a day after Joseph Dunford, the commander of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that the US is ready to use “the full range of military capabilities to defend our allies and the U.S. homeland,” Defense Secretary and retired Gen. James Mattis told reporters that the situation with North Korea “could escalate into war” if the isolated country fires a missile at the US.
“If they fire at the United States, it could escalate into war very quickly,” Mattis said, according to Reuters.
Mattis also assured reporters that the US would destroy any missiles fired at the US by the North Korean regime, saying the US would know the trajectory of the missile “within moments.”
With anxiety briefly ticking down on The New York Times story about Trump’s “fire and fury” comments being off-the-cuff – as opposed to policy – The Pentagon just turned the dial back on the threats.
— CNN (@CNN) August 9, 2017
Defense Secretary James Mattis warned North Korea in stark terms on Wednesday that it faces devastation if it does not end its pursuit of nuclear weapons: “The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons,” Mattis said in a statement adding “The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”
Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the United States was not winning the war in Afghanistan in Congressional testimony on Tuesday, vowing to offer a new strategy to lawmakers this summer that will call for the deployment thousands of additional troops to the country.
H/t reader squodgy:
“Can’t let the awful Taliban take control of Opium Poppy production again….prices would rocket!!!!!”
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Hopes for the Trump administration are not burning brightly. Trump’s military chief, Gen. Mattis, is turning out to be true to his “mad dog” nickname. He has just declared that Iran “is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world.” https://sputniknews.com/politics/201702041050338034-mattis-iran-terrorism/
He has declared Russia to be the number one threat to the US.
He has threatened intervention in China’s territorial affairs.
I was wrong. I thought Gen. Mattis was a reasonable choice as he rejects the efficacy of torture, and, according to Trump, convinced Trump that “torture doesn’t work.” Apparently Mattis cannot reach beyond this realization to higher geo-political realizations. Trump needs to fire Mattis who has placed the Pentagon in the way of normal relations with Russia.
There is no evidence in the behavior of Iran, Russia, and China to support Gen.Mattis’ views. His definition of threat is the neoconservative one—a country capable of resisting US hegemony. This is a convenient threat for the military/security complex as it justifies an unlimited budget in order to prevail over such “threats.” It is this hegemonic impulse that is the source of terrorism.
The cold war is officially back.
The Senate Armed Services Committee is currently hearing the testimony of retired Marine General James Mattis, picked by Donald Trump to take over the Department of Defense.
Mattis retired from the US Marine Corps in 2013 after serving as the 11th commander of US Central Command, replacing General David Petraeus as the overseer of US operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan. His appointment requires a congressional waiver because federal law states that service members must wait seven years after retiring from active duty before they can hold senior civilian defense positions.
Update: Speaking during an Ohio “thank you” rally, Donald Trump just confirmed that James “Mad Dog” Mattis will be America’s next Secretary of Defense.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 2, 2016
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President-elect Donald Trump has chosen 66-year-old retired Marine General James N. “Mad-Dog” Mattis to be secretary of defense, according to The Washington Post.