Trump’s choice for Secretary of Defense is a hardliner calling for more lethality in the U.S. military.

Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 14 January 2017, 21:15 hrs, UTC, Post #84.


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Accessed on 14 January 2017, 21:15 hrs, UTC.

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Retired Marine General, James “Mad Dog” Mattis, is Mr. Trump’s choice for Secretary of Defense.  He is a tough, hard-nosed, no-nonsense commander with years of battle proven experience in the Persian Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

His confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate on Thursday, 12 January 2017, left no doubt where he stands on the Middle East, the Russian Federation, or Iran.  For Mattis, the Russian Federation “remains the principle threat facing the United States“, a stand much stronger than that of President-elect Donald Trump.  Mattis wants the U.S. military to be armed with the most lethal weapons possible to counter future threats, ranging from regional powers such as Russia and China to extremist groups following the ISIS/ISIL banner.

Mattis told U.S. Senators that we must rearm to deflect the rising waves of anarchy, terrorism, and state-supported revolution:

“I would consider the principal threats to start with Russia, and it would certainly include any nations that are looking to intimidate nations around their periphery, regional nations nearby them, whether it be with weapons of mass destruction or, I would call it, unusual, unorthodox means of intimidating them, that sort of thing. And at the same time, as the chairman has pointed out, we face now an era where we’re going to be fighting the terrorist threat. I mean, that’s simply a reality we are going to have to address that one.”


General Mattis’s remarks mark a sharp departure from the more diplomatic and cooperative tone of the outgoing Obama administration.  If General Mattis becomes the new Secretary of Defense, look for a more aggressive, “in-your-face” relationship between the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) and the Russian Federation.  As a business negotiator and the famed “maker of the deal”, Mr. Trump will have his work cut out for him.  This will be an uncomfortable and challenging four years.

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