Defense Secretary Mattis: “We Are Not Winning the War in Afghanistan”

Defense Secretary Mattis: “We Are Not Winning the War in Afghanistan”:

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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Mattis: US To “Annihilate” Islamic State Caliphate, Civilian Casualties A “Fact Of Life”

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Mattis: US To “Annihilate” Islamic State Caliphate, Civilian Casualties A “Fact Of Life”:

US Defense Secretary James Mattis announced plans on Sunday to ‘Take Apart’ Islamic State Caliphate. Civilian casualties do not matter one bit.

The fight against Islamic State has shifted to “annihilation tactics” to stop potential terrorists who’ve flocked to places such as Iraq and Syria from returning to their home countries to wreak havoc, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Sunday.

“We have already shifted from attrition tactics where we shove them from one position to another in Iraq and Syria,” Mattis said on “Face the Nation” on CBS. “Our intention is that the foreign fighters do not survive the fight to return home to North Africa, to Europe, to America, to Asia, to Africa.”

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James Mattis: War With North Korea Would Be “Catastrophic”

James Mattis: War With North Korea Would Be “Catastrophic”:

“…an armed conflict with North Korea would be catastrophic to US allies in the region… would be probably the worst kind of fighting…”

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Bomb Attack Hits Secretive US Base In Afghanistan As Mattis Makes Surprise Visit To Kabul

Bomb Attack Hits Secretive US Base In Afghanistan As Mattis Makes Surprise Visit To Kabul:

Taliban insurgents attacked a U.S.-operated base in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Khost on Monday officials said, but gave few immediate details of an assault that coincided with a surprise visit to Kabul by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis. The attackers detonated a car bomb at an entrance to Camp Chapman, a secretive facility manned by U.S. forces and private military contractors.

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Mattis “We’re Not In Iraq To Seize Anybody’s Oil”

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Mattis “We’re Not In Iraq To Seize Anybody’s Oil”:

In the latest distancing by Trump administration advisors from recent statements by the President, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit on Monday to discuss the war effort against ISIS, and said that the US military is not in Iraq “to seize anybody’s oil.”

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“Welcome To Democracy” SecDef Mattis Confirms Military Steadfast Amid White House Chaos

“Welcome To Democracy” SecDef Mattis Confirms Military Steadfast Amid White House Chaos:

Amid implicit acknowledgement of turmoil in The White House, Trump’s Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reassured the world that the US military was “not in disarray”, but was “holding the line” as government “sorts out the way ahead.”

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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: Is The Trump Administration Already Over?

Is The Trump Administration Already Over? — Paul Craig Roberts:

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.

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General James Mattis: “Russia Is The Principal Threat To US Security”

Gen. Mattis: “Russia Is The Principal Threat To US Security”:

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.

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