Trump mulls ex-senator Jim Webb, opponent of Middle East wars, as Mattis replacement – reports

The Trump administration is reportedly considering Jim Webb, a former Democratic senator opposed to the Iraq war who served as Navy secretary under Reagan, to replace Jim Mattis as Defense Secretary on a permanent basis. The one-term Virginia senator, an outspoken opponent of the war in Iraq who briefly ran in 2016’s Democratic primary but […]

Trump vs. military: Mattis jabs president in farewell message to Pentagon employees

Outgoing US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis used his last day on the job to take a dig at his soon-to-be-former boss, telling Pentagon employees to “hold fast” in tough times and quoting Abraham Lincoln for some extra motivation. Mattis had planned to leave the administration in February, giving the White House enough time to […]

US Defense Secretary Mattis wants 80% of key fighter jets ready for war

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has called on the Pentagon to bring at least 80 percent of its key fighter jets to combat readiness. For a country always at war with someone, surprisingly few of its warplanes are kept sky-worthy. Consistent with Washington’s increasingly saber-rattling rhetoric, the world’s largest military is putting its money where […]

Jim Mattis rebukes China’s ‘intimidation and coercion’ in South China Sea, leaves room for a ‘results oriented relationship’

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the US is willing to work with China on a “results oriented” relationship, but that Beijing’s actions in the South China Sea were coercive and the Pentagon would “compete vigorously” if needed. China’s air force landed bombers on disputed islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of […]

Pentagon will ‘compete vigorously’ with Beijing in South China Sea – Mattis

Published time: 2 Jun, 2018 00:55 Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has claimed that since Beijing’s South China Sea policy contradicts Washington’s strategy of “openness,” the US will have to “compete vigorously” wherever cooperation is impossible. DETAILS TO FOLLOW Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Mattis reportedly wanted Congress’ support before striking Syria — but Trump had other plans

Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly pushed President Donald Trump to get congressional approval before launching new military strikes on Syria. Mattis feared an escalated conflict with Russia, Syria’s ally. Trump shook off the suggestion and reportedly wanted a fast and dramatic action against the Syrian regime for a suspected chemical weapons […]

It looks like defense secretary James Mattis wants the record to show he urged Trump to be cautious with Syria air strikes

Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images US Defense Secretary James Mattis wanted to approach strikes on Syria with far more caution than President Donald Trump. Mattis’ measured approach was recorded in public comments this week as well as in a number of high-profile leaks. According to a defense expert, Mattis’ team may have used leaks because they “want […]

Trump is reportedly pushing for ‘sweeping’ strikes in Syria — but Mattis is pushing back

President Donald Trump’s national security team, led by newly appointed national security adviser John Bolton, is in favor of a sweeping military strike on Syrian forces, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is reportedly against sweeping strikes, fearing that they will trigger a wider conflict with Russia and Iran. […]