Defense Secretary James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis issued a stark warning to America’ enemies on Tuesday, saying whichever country “threatens” the United States will quickly face their “longest and worst day.”
The Defense Secretary was briefing Congressional lawmakers at the Capitol when he spoke on the “lethality” of America’s armed forces, adding the US military was prepared to “fight across the spectrum of combat.”
“Those who would threaten America’s experiment in democracy must know if you threaten us, it will be your longest and worst day,” said Mattis. “In war, an enemy will attack a perceived weakness; therefore, we cannot adopt a single preclusive form of warfare. Rather, we must be able to fight across the spectrum of combat. This means the size and composition of our force matters.”
“Next week you will see in our FY19 budget investment the following: Space and cyber, nuclear deterrent forces, missile defense, advanced autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, and professional military education to provide our high-quality troops what they need to win,” he added.
Watch Mattis’ stark warning above.
CRISIS IN KOREA: 'Mad Mog' Mattis Tells Army to 'Be Ready' for War with Kim
Secretary of Defense James ‘Mad Dod’ Mattis told members of the US military to “be ready” on Monday, warning the Army that all-out war could erupt on the Korean peninsula should dictator Kim Jong Un continue his illegal nuclear and missile programs.
Mattis was speaking at an annual meeting of the United States Army when he was asked about the Trump administration’s policy regarding North Korea.
“I suspect your probably not going to reveal the intricate details of your Korea strategy, but what can the U.S. military do to lessen the likelihood of conflict on the Korean peninsula?” asked one questioner.
“What a great question. Let me talk about Korea for a minute because it’s on all of our minds,” said the Defense Secretary. “It is right now a diplomatically led, economic sanction-buttressed effort to try to turn North Korea off this path. What does the future hold? Neither you nor I can say.”
“There’s one thing the US Army can do. You have got to be ready to ensure that we have military options that our President can employ if needed,” he added.
President Trump commented on the escalating crisis unfolding on the Korean peninsula earlier Monday, saying that “25 years” worth of diplomacy have yielded little results, and that “policy didn’t work.”
Military experts and officials believe North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is preparing a major provocation in the region to mark Monday’s national holiday; possibly firing another missile or testing a nuclear warhead to mark the founding of the nation’s ruling communist party.
Watch the Secretary of Defense’s comments above.
UNDER ATTACK: 'Mad Dog' Mattis Targeted in Taliban Ambush
Secretary of Defense James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis was the target of Taliban attack on Wednesday, when nearly fifty rockets and grenades were hurled at Kabul’s main airport moments after the Pentagon chief arrived for high-level talks with his Afghani counterparts.
According to Fox News, Mattis had left the terminal less than two hours before the attack, leaving in a helicopter to meet with Afghanistan’s President Ghani. The Taliban took credit for the ambush, saying Mattis’s aircraft was the intended target of the missiles.
The Defense Secretary commented on his close-call earlier Wednesday, saying the United States will “suffocate” any terror organization operating in the region.
“If in fact there was an attack on an international airport anywhere in the world, if it’s an attack by a terrorist it’s designed to go after innocent people… And this is a classic definition of what the Taliban is up to now,” said Mattis.
“We will suffocate any hope that Al Qaeda or ISIS or the Taliban have of winning by killing. I want to reinforce to the Talban that the only path to peace and political legitimacy to them is through a negotiated settlement,” he added.
The Defense Secretary is visiting Afghanistan as part of President Trump’s plan to re-focus American efforts in the region. The United States is forging a new strategy in the 16-year long conflict; pulling back from previous efforts of nation building and doubling-down on the military’s ability to “find and kill” terrorists.