Defense Secretary James Mattis: US involved in ‘battlefield management’ of Saudi war against Yemen

US involved in ‘battlefield management’ of Saudi war against Yemen: Mattis:

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has acknowledged that Washington has been involved in managing Saudi Arabia’s brutal airstrikes in Yemen.

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday, Mattis said the US military is “doing the planning” of Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Yemen.

“So this is a very dynamic sort of battlefield management,” he said.

Mattis also admitted that the US has been involved in mid-air refueling of Saudi warplanes, claiming that the operation could help minimize civilian casualties in the war-torn country.

The Pentagon chief’s comments contradict long-standing claims of a very limited, non-combat engagement in the Saudi war on Yemen. The US has previously said that it provides intelligence and logistical support.

The White House also claims that its involvement has nothing to do with the civilian death toll in the Arab country.

H/t reader eric:

“This explains why the Saudi has had so many screw ups.”

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Terrorism no longer primary US concern, focus on competing with Russia & China: new Defense Strategy

Terrorism no longer primary US concern, focus on competing with Russia & China: new Defense Strategy:

The US will counter any “threat to America’s democracy experiment,” including using military force, the Pentagon chief said unveiling the new defense strategy that sidelines the war on terror in favor of “inter-state competition.”

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.

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Secretary of Defense James Mattis Sums Up ‘Murica In 7 Short Words

SecDef Mattis Sums Up ‘Murica In 7 Short Words:

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.

His response:

“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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Mattis Admits North Korea Is Not a Threat to the United States

Mattis Admits North Korea Is Not a Threat to the United States:

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.

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Afghanistan pull-out would be ‘to our ultimate peril’: Mattis

Afghanistan pull-out would be ‘to our ultimate peril’: Mattis:

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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Defense Secretary Mattis Warns North Korea Standoff “Could Escalate Into War Very Quickly”

Mattis Warns North Korea Standoff “Could Escalate Into War Very Quickly”:

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.”

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Defense Secretary Mattis Warns North Korea: You’ll Lose, Your People Will Be Destroyed

Mattis Warns North Korea: You’ll Lose, Your People Will Be Destroyed: 

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.

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.”

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