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  • US has no evidence of Syrian use of sarin gas, Mattis says

    02/10/2018 11:39:52 AM PST · by Theoria · 18 replies
    AP ^ | 02 Feb 2018 | Robert Burns
    The U.S. has no evidence to confirm reports from aid groups and others that the Syrian government has used the deadly chemical sarin on its citizens, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. “We have other reports from the battlefield from people who claim it’s been used,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon. “We do not have evidence of it.” He said he was not rebutting the reports. “We’re looking for evidence of it, since clearly we are dealing with the Assad regime that has used denial and deceit to hide their outlaw actions,” Mattis said. Syrian President Bashar Assad denies...
  • Donald Trump Signs Military Funding Bill: Armed Forces Must Be ‘Perfecto’

    12/12/2017 12:19:38 PM PST · by davikkm · 12 replies
    breitbart ^ | CHARLIE SPIERING
    President Donald Trump signed a military spending bill on Tuesday, promising a “strong military” with the best equipment during his presidency. “We need our military, its got to be ‘perfecto,’” Trump said, urging Congress to remove military sequester caps and pass a clean funding bill for the government next year. Trump called the military funding bill a “momentous“ occasion and a great step in funding the “greatest fighting force in the history of the world.” He said that the bill increased the size of the armed forces budget for the first time in seven years, and included the largest military...
  • Kim Backs Down – U.S. Diplomacy Wins For Once

    08/15/2017 5:10:24 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 25 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | 8.15.2017 | David Blackmon
    Well, maybe the Crazy Little Fat Guy in North Korea isn’t quite so crazy after all. – Shortly after Defense Secretary General James Mattis warned that the firing of North Korean missiles in the direction of any U.S. state or territory would be an act of war and treated by the U.S. with an overwhelming response, the Crazy Little Fat Guy appearsto have backed down. The Crazy Little Fat Guy stated that he has decided not to launch the threatened four nuclear-armed missiles at Guam, a U.S. territory, saying he would “wait a little longer.” Mr. Crazy went on to...
  • Trump And His Generals

    06/22/2017 4:22:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | June 22, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Donald Trump earned respect from the Washington establishment for appointing three of the nation's most accomplished generals to direct his national security policy: James Mattis (secretary of defense), H.R. McMaster (national security adviser) and John Kelly (secretary of homeland security). In the first five months of the Trump administration, the three generals -- along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO -- have already recalibrated America's defenses. At home, illegal immigration is down by some 70 percent. Abroad, a new policy of principled realism seeks to re-establish deterrence through credible threats of retaliation. The generals are...
  • Mattis Gives Quote Of The Year When Asked What Keeps Him Awake At Night [VIDEO]

    05/29/2017 4:10:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5-28-17 | Chuck Ross
    Sec. of Defense James Mattis, known for his frank quotes about the realities of war, offered up a line befitting his nickname, “Mad Dog,” during an interview airing Sunday. “What keeps you awake at night?” CBS “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson asked Mattis. “Nothing,” a stonefaced Mattis responded. “I keep other people awake at night.” WATCH: (Video) Mattis’ remark is sure to join a long list of the former Marine general’s most memorable quotes. “When you men get home and face an anti-war protester, look at him in the eyes and shake his hand. Then, wink at his girlfriend
  • Sec of Defense James Mattis Tells Us What Keeps Him Awake at Night

    05/28/2017 10:57:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | May 28, 2017 | Jennifer Van Laar
    Secretary of Defense James Mattis appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation" this morning and spoke with James Dickerson about a number of national security issues, including ISIS, North Korea, the Manchester bombing, NATO, and the Paris climate agreement. Mattis, a retired General and former Commandant of the United States Central Command, had a storied Marine career and was hailed as "The most revered Marine of his generation" upon his retirement in 2013. To say that he's probably seen some things is an understatement. He's previously said, “I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.” What...
  • Mattis Gives Quote Of The Year When Asked What Keeps Him Awake At Night [VIDEO]

    05/28/2017 9:03:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies ^ | 5/27/2017 | Chuck Ross
    Sec. of Defense James Mattis, known for his frank quotes about the realities of war, offered up a line befitting his nickname, “Mad Dog,” during an interview airing Sunday. “What keeps you awake at night?” CBS “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson asked Mattis. “Nothing,” a stonefaced Mattis responded. “I keep other people awake at night.”
  • Khamenei’s threats to Donald Trump

    02/14/2017 8:40:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | February 14, 2016.
    “I do not fear Trump. We must thank the new American president because he showed the real face of America and because he exposed what we have been saying for decades about the political, moral and economic corruption in it.” This is the recent statement made by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei against the newly-elected US administration. Yes, we’re passing through a new phase. There has been a major transformation following the reactive years of isolationism which show the depth of the roots that America has returned to in terms of engaging with world crises and contributing to managing...
  • Trump to Defer to Mattis on Keeping Torture Ban

    01/27/2017 8:36:45 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 78 replies ^ | Jan 27, 2017
    President Donald Trump said Friday that he will defer to the judgment of Defense Secretary James Mattis that torture and waterboarding should continue to be banned in the interrogations of terror suspects. "He has stated publicly that he does not necessarily believe in torture or waterboarding or however you want to define it," Trump said of Mattis, a retired Marine general who had commands in Iraq and Afghanistan. "I don't necessarily agree, but he [Mattis] will override because I'm giving him that power." "I'm going to rely on him" on so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques," Trump said, though "I happen to...
  • Who held the Bible for Mattis' swearing-in?

    01/22/2017 11:53:10 AM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 17 replies
    slf | 1/22/17 | NewJerseyJoe
    Haven't been able to find this information anywhere, so I'll ask the greatest group of detectives I know: the members of FreeRepublic. Does anyone know the identity of the lovely young lady who held the Bible for Mattis during his swearing-in ceremony?
  • Mattis Approved by Senate Armed Services Committee to Be SecDef

    01/18/2017 1:30:33 PM PST · by ColdOne · 27 replies ^ | 1/18/17 | Madeleine Weast
    Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis was approved on Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Armed Services to serve as secretary of defense in Donald Trump’s administration. Mattis sailed through the committee, which voted 26-1 for him to lead the Pentagon. Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) was the only member of the Senate panel to vote against the retired four-star general, who enjoys bipartisan support to head the Defense Department under President-elect Trump. Gillibrand has previously said she would oppose confirming Mattis because he only retired from the Marine Corps in 2013, while federal law requires a seven-year break between military...
  • Byron York: On Capitol Hill, Trump wins Week One

    01/13/2017 1:42:55 PM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies ^ | 1/13/17 | Byron York
    This was supposed to be the week President-elect Trump's nominees endured tough grilling and determined opposition in Senate confirmation hearings. "Trump Cabinet picks face extreme vetting ahead of confirmation," USA Today reported last month, predicting that several Trump picks could face a very difficult time on Capitol Hill. Now Week One is ending, and the tough grilling mostly didn't materialize. And all of Trump's first week of nominees seem headed toward confirmation. Seven Trump picks — Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary-designate John Kelly, Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson, Transportation Secretary-designate Elaine Chao, Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis, Housing and...
  • Winning the Jihad War

    12/04/2016 8:28:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 4, 2016 | James Lewis
    With Trump's excellent team, such as USMC (Ret) General James Mattis in charge, the U.S. government has all the battlefield expertise it needs to win the Jihad War. We can start by keeping in mind that the U.S. military won every engagement it wanted to win in Iraq -- the ones we lost are due to our dreadful civilian bumblers. Nevertheless, losing naval control of the Gulf, for example, still puts us in a damned awkward position. Vladimir Putin has put on an almighty show of military fireworks, most obviously when Assad invited Putin into Syria to fight against American-backed...
  • I Served With James Mattis. Here's What I Learned From Him.

    12/02/2016 11:12:49 AM PST · by dubyagee · 31 replies
    The ^ | Dec 2 2016 | Stanton Coerr
    America knows Gen. James Mattis as a character, Mad Dog Mattis, the font of funny quotes and Chuck Norris-caliber memes. Those of us who served with him know that he is a caring, erudite, warfighting general. We also know that there is a reason he uses the call-sign Chaos: he is a lifelong student of his profession, a devotee of maneuver warfare and Sun Tzu, the sort of guy who wants to win without fighting—to cause chaos among those he would oppose.
  • Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense

    12/01/2016 1:17:17 PM PST · by conservativepoet · 359 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 1, 2016 | Dan Lamothe
    President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis to be secretary of defense, nominating a former senior military officer who led operations across the Middle East to run the Pentagon less than four years after he hung up his uniform, according to people familiar with the decision.
  • Donald Trump’s Team Shows Few Signs of Post-Election Moderation

    11/18/2016 12:55:04 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 49 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 11/18/2016 | |Binyamin Appelbaum and Jennifer Steinhauer
    President-elect Donald J. Trump is picking up the pace with his cabinet and top White House staff choices, and despite the fervent wishes of some Democrats that views expressed during the campaign would be moderated after the election, the new administration’s team is maintaining a decidedly conservative bent. Up next, secretary of defense? A retired Marine for defense secretary? James N. Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general, will meet the president-elect at Mr. Trump’s New Jersey country club on Saturday to discuss the post of defense secretary, according to two people close to the transition team.Conservatives this spring had...
  • Former Brigadier General: Obama's Briefer Told CENTCOM Official to Skew Intel on ISIS

    08/16/2016 7:46:11 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | AUGUST 15, 2016 | BYDEBRA HEINE
    A former brigadier general revealed on Fox News Monday some new information about the White House's role in U.S. Central Command's skewing of intelligence to downplay the threats of ISIS and Al Qaeda. Last week, a House Republican task force concluded in a 15-page report that U.S. military leaders altered intelligence reports "to paint a rosier picture" of the U.S.-led fight against ISIS than intelligence analysts believed was warranted. The report blamed “structural and management changes” at the intelligence directorate for the distortions, but stopped short of explaining WHY the changes were made. According to Defense News, "the problems followed...
  • Report: Romney recruiting Kasich, Sasse for third-party option

    05/14/2016 11:33:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 173 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 14, 2016 | Jesse Hellmann
    Greg Nash Mitt Romney, the GOP’s 2012 nominee, is among those courting prospects for a possible third-party bid to keep Donald Trump from the White House, according to a Washington Post report . Among those prospects are Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), one of Trump’s most vocal Republican critics, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who suspended his presidential campaign in early May. Kasich’s chief strategist John Weaver said the governor isn’t interested in running an an independent. A Sasse spokesman declined to comment. But it’s not looking to good for a late in the game third-party bid, according to the...
  • The secret movement to draft Gen. James Mattis (USMC-Ret.) for President

    05/04/2016 9:55:41 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 95 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 6, 2016 | Daily Beast
    An anonymous group of conservative billionaires is ready to place their bets on a man dubbed “Mad Dog,” hoping to draft him into the presidential race to confront Donald Trump. Think of it as a Plan B should Trump be nominated by the Republican Party in Cleveland: swing behind retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis and press him into service yet again as a third-party candidate. Mattis is the former commander of Central Command, which includes the strife-afflicted conflict zones of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, and has developed a reputation among troops as a general...
  • This Man Can Save Us From Trump

    03/28/2016 4:22:21 AM PDT · by detective · 46 replies
    MSN News ^ | March 26, 2016 | John Noonan
    As the inevitability of a Donald Trump nomination grows, many Republicans are moving to the acceptance stage of grief. Trump’s unfavorability ratings are historic for a presumptive nominee. Some reputable polls have him as high as 60 percent negative, many others have him losing by double digits to Hillary Clinton. Retention of the Senate, already an uphill climb in an election year swelling with vulnerable Republican incumbents, is an equally dim prospect. Not all conservatives have given up the ship. The presumptive Democratic nominee is a hair away from federal indictment. The presumptive Republican nominee is a reality-TV lunatic who...