Archiv: James Mattis


01.01.2019 - 02:42 [ Philip M. Giraldi / antikrieg.com ]

Mattis Dilemma

Das zentrale Argument von Mattis Rücktrittsschreiben, das von Kritikern zitiert wird, bezieht sich auf Washingtons Beziehung zum Rest der Welt und wird dargestellt als Versagen Präsident Trumps, zu verstehen, wer Freunde und wer Feinde sind. Mattis schrieb:

01.01.2019 - 02:33 [ Reuters ]

As Mattis exits, he tells U.S. military to keep ‚faith in our country‘

Mattis, a retired Marine general who has often shied from the spotlight, did not have any sort of departure ceremony when he left the Pentagon, leaving his farewell memo as his final public remarks as defense secretary. Historically, departing secretaries have had a major ceremony.

24.12.2018 - 10:43 [ Kansas.com ]

Israel confounded, confused by Syria withdrawal, Mattis resignation

Combined with the departures of Chief of Staff John Kelly and Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Israeli officials are scrambling to determine who is left in the White House who can convince President Donald Trump to think of Israel before taking such drastic security moves, as Mattis successfully did in the past, U.S. and Israeli officials said.

“There is no question that Israeli officials are concerned about the U.S. pulling out,” said Dan Shapiro, U.S. ambassador to Israel in the Obama administration. “It was done without any meaningful consultation with them.”

23.12.2018 - 20:44 [ theSun.co.uk ]

ISIS FIGHT GOES ON: Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson insists fight against ISIS ‘will go on’ in Afghanistan and Syria despite Donald Trump withdrawing US troops

DEFENCE Secretary Gavin Williamson has insisted the fight to secure Syria and Afghanistan would endure – despite Trump’s shock withdrawal of troops from both war zones.

23.12.2018 - 20:04 [ Donald J. Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the title of Acting Secretary of Defense starting January 1, 2019. Patrick has a long list of accomplishments while serving as Deputy, & previously Boeing. He will be great!

23.12.2018 - 20:03 [ New York Times ]

Trump, Angry Over Mattis’s Rebuke, Removes Him 2 Months Early

President Trump said on Sunday that he would remove Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who issued a stinging rebuke of the president when he announced his resignation last week, from his post by Jan. 1, two months before he had planned to depart.

23.12.2018 - 14:07 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

US Envoy to ISIS War Resigns, Criticizes Syria Pullout

McGurk was intended to coordinate with the 79 countries involved in the US-led coalition against ISIS. It is not clear who his replacement will be, but with the administration arguing ISIS is defeated, there may be a low priority for this position.

23.12.2018 - 14:00 [ Jason Ditz / antikrieg.com ]

US-Gesandter für den ISIS-Krieg tritt zurück, kritisiert Abzug aus Syrien

Nach Mattis und jetzt McGurk gibt es Spekulationen, dass weitere in den nächsten Tagen zurücktreten werden, weil sie auch gegen Trumps Befehl sind, Syrien zu verlassen. Es wird angenommen, dass es im Pentagon eine breite Einheit in Richtung Aufrechterhaltung des Krieges gibt, was durch die Anzahl der Pentagon-Beamten belegt wird, die die letzten zwei Jahre damit verbracht haben, die langfristige Präsenz dort zu besprechen.

21.12.2018 - 05:12 [ Newsweek.com ]

Who Is U.S. Bombing in Syria? Government, Activists Accuse Coalition of Attacking Army Instead of ISIS

(3.12.2018) Nevertheless, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitor with ties to the Syrian opposition, appeared to corroborate the government with its own account published Monday. The report claimed that about 15 missiles had been fired from Al-Tanf, where the U.S. base was located, toward pro-government positions.

21.12.2018 - 04:51 [ CNN ]

READ: James Mattis‘ resignation letter

„Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States should not be the policeman of the world. Instead, we must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances. NATO’s 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongside us following the 9-11 attack on America. The Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations is further proof.“

21.12.2018 - 04:43 [ Donald J. Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

General Jim Mattis will be retiring, with distinction, at the end of February, after having served my Administration as Secretary of Defense for the past two years.

During Jim’s tenure, tremendous progress has been made, especially with respect to the purchase of new fighting….

27.11.2018 - 02:08 [ WPLG Local10 ]

Defense Secretary James Mattis presides over Southcom change of command

Defense Secretary James Mattis said the U.S. military brings stability to most of Latin America through its operations at the South Florida-based Southern Command headquarters.

Mattis spoke Monday at a ceremony appointing Navy Adm. Craig Faller as new leader of the command that oversees U.S. military operations in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is also responsible for security of the Panama Canal and the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

27.11.2018 - 01:55 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

US Training 30,000 Syrian Kurdish Fighters to ‘Contain Iran’

Following Defense Secretary James Mattis’ announcement that the US is building observation posts on the Syria-Turkey border, officials are also starting a training program for the Kurdish YPG’s Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

15.11.2018 - 07:08 [ theHill.com ]

Bolton aide exits White House after high-profile clash with first lady

Ricardel remained at work on Tuesday as Bolton objected to her ouster and was reportedly at the office on Wednesday before her transition was announced.

Bolton brought Ricardel on board in May to serve as his No. 2 on the National Security Council. She earned a reputation as an enforcer and fierce bureaucratic infighter, clashing with White House chief of staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

12.11.2018 - 19:42 [ CNN ]

Pentagon rejects request for additional military resources in Persian Gulf

It also comes as Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, are engaged in high-level classified discussions with senior commanders around the world about how to allocate military resources for the next two years, officials say.

12.11.2018 - 01:28 [ Antiwar.com ]

Misremembering Vietnam

“I’m going to Saigon,” said Secretary of Defense James Mattis last month before correcting himself. “Ho Chi Minh City – former Saigon.”

01.11.2018 - 19:32 [ theHill.com ]

Don’t wait 30 more days: End American support for the pointless civil war in Yemen now

In a speech at the U.S. Institute of Peace on Tuesday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis emphatically stated that within 30 days he wanted “to see everybody (in the Yemen war) around a peace table based on a ceasefire” so they can “end this war.”

Mattis missed the opportunity, however, to call for an immediate end of U.S. support for the war.

21.10.2018 - 19:42 [ The Japan Times ]

U.S., China agree to Asia defense rules to avoid air clashes

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and seven other regional military chiefs, including China’s General Wei Fenghe, gave broad endorsement to the rules in Singapore on Saturday, during an meeting hosted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The non-binding guidelines had been formally adopted a day earlier by defense ministers from ASEAN’s 10 member nations.

14.08.2018 - 09:13 [ Junge Welt ]

Besuch bei Vasallen

»Es macht Spaß, ein paar Leute zu erschießen. Du gehst nach Afghanistan und gerätst an Leute, die ihre Frauen fünf Jahre lang verprügeln, weil sie sich nicht verschleiert haben. Solche Leute sind ohnehin keine richtigen Männer mehr. Also macht es unheimlich viel Spaß, sie zu erschießen.« Seinen Soldaten im Irak hatte der General, der in den USA auch eher liebevoll »Mad Dog« (Tollwütiger Hund) genannt wird, 2003 mit auf den Weg gegeben: »Es gibt in der Welt einige Arschlöcher, die schlicht erschossen werden müssen. Es ist wirklich ein Mordsspaß. Ihr werdet hier draußen eine krasse Zeit haben.«

28.07.2018 - 03:46 [ The Hill ]

Mattis denies report US is planning missile strike against Iran

Australian outlet ABC News published an article Thursday saying the United States could initiate a missile strike against Iran as early as next month.

“I have no idea where the Australian news people got that information,” Mattis told reporters. “I’m confident it is not something that’s being considered right now, and I think it’s a complete — frankly, it’s — it’s fiction.”

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also denied the report, which cites unnamed Australian officials.

„It’s speculation,“ Turnbull said, according to The Straits Times. „It is citing anonymous sources.“

02.07.2018 - 10:15 [ Haaretz ]

‚One Little Kick and It’s Done‘ Senior Trump Advisers Believe It’s Possible to Hasten Collapse of Iranian Regime

Senior U.S. and Israeli sources tell Haaretz that White House is divided over Iran strategy, with John Bolton pushing for regime change and James Mattis striving for new agreement with Islamic Republic

25.06.2018 - 08:27 [ Radio China ]

US-Verteidigungsminister Mattis wird China besuchen

Am Montag sagte der Pressesprecher des chinesischen Verteidigungsministeriums, Ren Guoqiang, ein Ausbau der gesunden und stabilen Beziehungen beider Staaten und Armeen entspreche den gemeinsamen Interessen Chinas und der USA und liege in der allgemeine Erwartung der internationalen Gemeinschaft

07.06.2018 - 10:09 [ actionnewsnow.com ]

Mattis pressed on Bolton’s, Giuliani’s support for regime change in Iran

(10.5.2018) Mattis sidestepped questions from lawmakers Wednesday about whether Bolton’s and Giuliani’s vocal support for regime change in Iran has directly influenced the current US strategy, but offered little indication that Trump and his top advisers have reached a consensus on the administration’s long-term vision.

„Our problem with Iran is not with the Iranian people. It is with the regime. But I would let Mr. Bolton and Mr. Giuliani speak for themselves,“ Mattis said, adding that he would prefer not to comment on the specific instances in which both men have pushed for regime change in the media.

04.06.2018 - 10:45 [ KBS ]

Südkorea und USA wollen für Denuklearisierung Manöver in gemäßigtem Modus abhalten

Im Vorfeld eines USA-Nordkorea-Gipfels haben die Verteidigungsminister Südkoreas und der USA vereinbart, diplomatische Bemühungen um die Denuklearisierung der koreanischen Halbinsel zu unterstützen.

Die entsprechende Einigung erzielten Verteidigungsminister Song Young-moo und sein US-Amtskollege James Mattis bei ihrem Treffen am Samstag in Singapur.

25.05.2018 - 19:54 [ Military Times ]

Mattis: Good news possible on US-North Korea summit

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday the cold feet on a U.S.-North Korea summit may have just warmed back up after President Donald Trump floated the idea that the summit could be back on.

“We have got some, possibly, some good news on the Korea summit, where it may, if our diplomats can pull it off, may have it back on even,” Mattis told reporters outside the Pentagon, where he waited to greet Denmark’s defense minister.

“Our president just sent out a note about that a few moments ago,” Mattis continued. “That is a usual give and take, you know, of trying to put together big summits and stuff. The diplomats are still at work.”

04.05.2018 - 10:31 [ New York Times ]

Trump Orders Pentagon to Consider Reducing U.S. Forces in South Korea

A spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Col. Patrick Ryder, said he had no information about troop options being prepared for the president.

For Mr. Trump, withdrawing troops would have multiple benefits, said Victor D. Cha, a Korea scholar at Georgetown University who was for a time under consideration to be ambassador to Seoul. It would appeal to his political base, save the United States money and give him a valuable chit in his negotiation with Mr. Kim.

18.04.2018 - 09:01 [ New York Times ]

Mattis Wanted Congressional Approval Before Striking Syria. He Was Overruled.

Administration and congressional officials said the hawkish Mr. Bolton is not expected to defer to the defense secretary; already, neoconservative members of the Republican foreign policy establishment have started to air concerns that Mr. Mattis is ceding strategic territory to Iran and Russia in Syria.

Mr. Mattis is widely viewed by global leaders as the strongest and perhaps most credible voice on foreign policy in an administration that has been rocked by firings and resignations among senior presidential advisers.

13.04.2018 - 07:20 [ Washington Post ]

Trump plans to talk to allies before Syria strike decision

Mattis said options would be discussed with Trump at a meeting of his National Security Council on Thursday afternoon. That meant airstrikes, possibly in tandem with France and other allies that have expressed outrage at the alleged Syrian chemical attack, could be launched within hours of a presidential decision.

05.04.2018 - 13:10 [ Washington Post ]

Trump instructs military to begin planning for withdrawal from Syria

Trump agreed that the military, as fighting continued against remaining militant pockets, could train local security ­forces.

But officials said he stressed that U.S. strategic goals in Syria do not include longer-term stability or reconstruction efforts. He said he did not want to be having the same conversation about withdrawal six months or more from now.