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
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
(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.
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.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis tells reporters that U.S. diplomats are working to restore the North Korea summit, saying they “may have it back on even.”
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.”
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.
Im Falle der Unterzeichnung eines Friedensabkommens zwischen beiden Koreas könnte dies voraussichtlich auf der Agenda stehen, sagte Verteidigungsminister James Mattis am Freitag vor der Presse.
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.
Mattis, Dunford, Brief Press Regarding Syria Strike DC, UNITED STATES 04.13.2018 Courtesy Video DoD News
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.
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.
“We’re going to sit down together (this week), and I look forward to working with him. No reservations. No concerns at all,” Mattis said, adding he had never met Bolton before.
(21.3.2018) Defense Secretary Jim Mattis leads the pack as the most-approved-of member of President Trump’s Cabinet, according to a new survey released Wednesday.