James Mattis - US Marine Corps


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So for our own interests we must remain engaged–economically, diplomatically, and [in] security–with the troubled Middle East.feedback
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May 19 2017 Trump Presidency
James Mattis has been quoted 157 times. The one recent article where James Mattis has been quoted is Mattis Says Escalation Against ISIS Doesn’t Imperil More Civilians. Most recently, James Mattis was quoted as having said, “I want to emphasize here there has been no change to our rules of engagement, and there has been no change to our continued extraordinary efforts to avoid innocent civilian casualties. The foreign fighters are the strategic threat should they return home to Tunis, to Kuala Lumpur, to Paris, to Detroit, wherever.”.
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Any kind of build-up like that is simply destabilizing. The specific systems that we bring are those that we determine necessary. The reason for the deployment you see right now is the lack of respect for international law by a nation in the region, and so long as the nation shows respect, we would not have to deploy that. It's a routine exercise. I trust it will stay routine.feedback

We will talk to the leaders of each of the nations, and we will work this out in Brussels and we will work together if necessary.feedback

We've been conducting military and diplomatic dialogue with the Turks and it was a very, very useful discussion today.feedback

Our intent is to work with the Turks, alongside one another, to take Raqqa down, and we're going to sort it out and we'll figure out how we're going to do it. But we will work it out ... War sometimes doesn't give you all good options. That's the nature of war. It's not a good situation.feedback

We'll look at the proposal, see if it can work. Will it affect the fight against ISIS? I think the international community is united in the sense of wanting to see ISIS put on its back foot.feedback

It is the duty of these armed groups to force the Nusra Front (al-Qaida branch) and others to leave their areas in order for this area to become an area of de-escalation.feedback

The devil is always in the details, right? So we have to look at the details, see if we can work them out, see if we think they're going to be effective.feedback

It's all in process right now. Who is going to be ensuring they're safe? Who is signing up for it? Who is specifically to be kept out of them? All these details are to be worked out and we're engaged. All wars eventually come to an end. And we've been looking, for a long time, how to bring this one to an end.feedback

All wars eventually come to an end and we've been looking for a long time how to bring this one to an end. So we'll look at the proposal and see if it can work.feedback

I imagine we'll be in this fight for a while and we'll stand by each other.feedback

The military academies and ROTC exist to develop future officers who enhance the readiness and lethality of our military services.feedback

During their first two years following graduation, officers will serve as full-fledged military officers carrying out the normal work and career expectations of an officer who has received the extraordinary benefits of an ROTC or military academy education at taxpayer expense.feedback

We are under no illusions about the challenges associated with this mission.feedback

We are doing exactly what we said we were going to do. She will be on her way.feedback

Instead of continuing in one direction as she pulled out of Singapore, she's going to continue part of her cruise down in that region. But she was on her way up to Korea.feedback

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

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.feedback

We have gone back through and looked at all the evidence we can and it's very clear who planned this attack, who authorized this attack and who conducted this attack itself. Even in World War II chemical weapons were not used on battlefields. Even in the Korean War, they were not used on battlefields. ISIS represents a clear and present danger and immediate threat to Europe and ultimately a threat to the United States homeland.feedback

Mark will provide strong civilian leadership, improve military readiness and support our service members, civilians, and their families. I am confident of Mark's ability to effectively lead the Army.feedback

Mark will provide strong civilian leadership, improve military readiness and support our service members, civilians and their families.feedback

At the time when I spoke about Iran I was a commander of U.S. Central Command and that (Iran) was the primary exporter of terrorism, frankly, it was the primary state sponsor of terrorism and it continues that kind of behavior today.feedback

We have seen Russian activity vis-à-vis the Taliban. I'm not going to say at this point if that has manifested into weapons and that sort of thing, but certainly what they're up to there in light of their other activities gives us concern.feedback

NATO stands united, the transatlantic bond is united. We are going to maintain article 5 the absolute bedrock of NATO alliance.feedback

Right now, [North Korea] appears to be going in a very reckless manner … and that has got to be stopped.feedback

Right now Russia is choosing to be a strategic competitor. Russia's violations of international law are now a matter of record, from what happened with Crimea to other aspects of their behaviour in mucking around inside other people's elections, and that sort of thing.feedback

We go out of our way to always do everything humanly possible to reduce loss of life or injury among innocent people.feedback

The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice.feedback

We're fleshing it out. It's an interagency-developed report, where it embraces economic, diplomatic, military, covert means. And we should have this done in the next couple of months, if that long. It may not even take us another month.feedback

We'll take care of the representation. This is something to be worked out, no problem.feedback

If you don't fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition.feedback

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 cannot care more for your children's future security than you do. 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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