James Mattis - US Marine Corps


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I don't want to speculate about North Korea military actions. We owe some confidentiality as we discuss with our allies this situation that we face up there.feedback
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Apr 12 2017 North Korea
James Mattis has been quoted 53 times. The one recent article where James Mattis has been quoted is For Trump, alleged use of sarin in Syria prompted a different reaction than other chemical weapons. Most recently, James Mattis was quoted as having said, “The strike that we're talking about here today was directed at the people who planned it, who held onto the weapons contrary to what they had promised the international community and United Nations when they said they had gotten rid of those weapons. And the reason for the strike was that alone. There is a limit, I think, to what we can do. And when you look at what happened with this chemical attack, we knew that we could not stand passive on this.”.
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Lack of respect for the dignity and humanity of fellow members of the Department of Defense is unacceptable and counter to unit cohesion.feedback

We're not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil.feedback

It was a very successful mission. They got tremendous amounts of information.feedback

In the coming days I will make a recommendation to President Trump for a leader who can guide our Navy and Marine Corps team as we execute the president's vision to rebuild our military.feedback

I would just tell you that by, with and through our allies is the way this coalition is going against Daesh. We're going to continue to go after them until we destroy them and any kind of belief in the inevitability of their message. We owe some degree of confidentiality on exactly how we're going to do that and the sequencing of that fight so that we don't expose to the enemy what it is we have in mind in terms of the timing of the operations.feedback

But I right now am assured that we will take steps to allow those who have fought alongside us, for example, to be allowed into the United States.feedback

The coalition forces are in support of this operation and we will continue ... with the accelerated effort to destroy ISIS.feedback

We're going to make certain that we've got good situational awareness of what we face as we work together and fight alongside each other.feedback

I've had some rather contentious times with the press. But no, the press, as far as I'm concerned, are a constituency that we deal with. And I don't have any issues with the press, myself.feedback

We are very close to it, if not already engaged in that fight.feedback

The president has been rightfully reticent on it because he's waiting for my assessment and the assessment from the intelligence community. It shouldn't take too long. I've got to integrate a fair number of issues to give a good recommendation for the way ahead.feedback

President Trump came into office and has thrown now his full support to NATO. He too espouses NATO's need to adapt to today's strategic situation for it to remain credible, capable, and relevant. I have great respect for Germany's leadership in Europe – and for the ethical performance of your troops on the battlefield.feedback

Americans cannot care more for your children's future security than you do. I owe it to you to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States and to state the fair demand from my country's people in concrete terms. We are not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level. But our political leaders will engage and try to find common ground.feedback

We are not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level. But our political leaders will engage and try to find common ground. Right now, I would just say there's very little doubt that they have either interfered or they have attempted to interfere in a number of elections in the democracies.feedback

Russia is going to have to prove itself first.feedback

I have no need to respond to the Russian statement at all.feedback

America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to this Alliance, each of your capitals needs to show support for our common defense.feedback

The events of 2014 were sobering and we must continue to adapt to what's been revealed to us in terms of our security challenges. The alliance remains a fundamental bedrock for the US.feedback

Frankly, this has no impact. I haven't changed what I'm heading there for. It doesn't change my message at all. Who is on the president's staff is who I will work with. And so, you know, it's full speed ahead.feedback

And who's on the president's staff is who I will work with. 2014 was a watershed year. It was a year when many of our hopes for some kind of partnership with Russia were shown to be unavailing. We've got to adapt and make certain that the trans-Atlantic bond remains strong.feedback

Frankly, this has no impact. It's full speed ahead.feedback

China has shredded the trust of nations in the region, apparently trying to have a veto authority over the diplomatic and security and economic conditions of neighboring states.feedback

At this time, we do not see any need for dramatic military moves at all. And certainly our military stance should be one that reinforces our diplomats in this regard. But there is no need right now at this time for military maneuvers or something like that, that would solve something that's best solved by the diplomats.feedback

What we have to do is exhaust all efforts, diplomatic efforts, to try to resolve this properly, maintaining open lines of communication.feedback

I want there to be no misunderstanding during the transition in Washington that we stand firmly, 100 percent shoulder to shoulder with you and the Japanese people, Mr. Prime Minister.feedback

I want to make certain that Article 5 of our mutual defense treaty is understood to be as real to us today as it was a year ago, five years ago - and as it will be a year, and 10 years, from now.feedback

Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming. North Korea continues to launch missiles, develop its nuclear weapons programme and engage in threatening rhetoric and behaviour.feedback

As far as Iran goes, this is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world and I think it is wise to make certain that Iran recognizes that what it is doing is getting the attention of a lot of people. I don't see any need to increase the number of forces we have in the Middle East at this time. That's not in the cards right now. We always have the capability to do so. But right now I don't think it's necessary. It does no good to ignore it, it does no good to dismiss it.feedback

Were it not for the provocative behavior of North Korea, we would have no need for Thaad out here. Thaad should be a worry to no nation other than North Korea.feedback

Every action we take will be designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in the future. Recognizing that no nation is secure without friends, we will work with the State Department to strengthen our alliances. Further, we are devoted to gaining full value from every taxpayer dollar spent on defense, thereby earning the trust of Congress and the American people.feedback

You give it full resourcing to get there as rapidly as possible, and I think it's getting there as rapidly as possible is probably where it would differ from the current administration, where it would be a more accelerated campaign from what the president-elect has already called for.feedback

The bottom line is that international waters are international waters and we have got to figure out how do we deal with holding on to the kind of rules that we have made over many years that led to the prosperity for many nations, not just for ours.feedback

I have very modest expectations for areas of cooperation with Mr. Putin.feedback

We see each day a world awash in change. Our country is still at war in Afghanistan and our troops are fighting against ISIS and other terrorist groups in the Middle East and elsewhere. Russia is raising grave concerns on several fronts, and China is shredding trust along its periphery.feedback

I'm not concerned about two consenting adults and who they go to bed with.feedback

The esprit-de-corps of our military, its can-do spirit, and its obedience to civilian leadership reduces the inclination and power of the military to criticize or oppose the policy it is ultimately ordered to implement.feedback

You should ask, Is it time to reduce the triad to a diad, removing the land-based missiles?feedback

I look forward to being the civilian leader as long as the Congress gives me the waiver and the Senate votes to consent.feedback

Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot. ... It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up front with you, I like brawling.feedback

You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.feedback

I don't know why [it] wasn't dealt with more strongly.feedback

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