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Distinguished pol of the week: The one Cabinet official to maintain his integrity

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has proven himself to be expert in maneuvering around President Trump, serving the country’s interests and not the peculiar emotional needs of the president and guiding the national defense posture back to a footing widely acceptable on both sides of the aisle. On Jan. 19, he rolled out the National […]

How Will the Trump Shutdown Affect the Military? (UPDATE)

"Steady as she goes – hold the line. I know the nation can count on you…Stay alert.” - Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis The post How Will the Trump Shutdown Affect the Military? (UPDATE) appeared first on The Moderate Voice.

Mattis says US competitive warfighting edge has eroded

yesterdayNews : The Cutline

WASHINGTON (AP) — Countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He said competition with those adversaries has threatened America's military advantage around the world.

US competitive warfighting edge has slipped, says Mattis

Countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says they even outpacing the threat of … Click to Continu...

China and Russia are the focus of the US' first new National Defense Strategy in a decade

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' National Defense Strategy is the first NDS in a decade. The new document recognizes the potential threats from China and Russia. The Department of Defense will focus on building a more lethal force, strengthening...Show More Summary

Mattis warns of 'growing threats' from Russia, China

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that America is facing "growing threats" from China and Russia, and warned that the US military's advantages have eroded in recent years. Mattis's assessment came as he unveiled the Pentagon's vision for the future detailed in a document called the national defense strategy. Show More Summary

Here are the dramatic tweets and policies Tillerson and Mattis reportedly had to hold Trump back from

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis are reportedly working together to hold Trump back from his most dramatic policies. The pair have reportedly moderated Trump's position on a handful of potentiallyShow More Summary

America and Russia May Find Themselves in a Nuclear Arms Race Once Again

3 days agoNews : The Newsroom

Despite the Trump administration’s decision to treat it as an afterthought, arms control is not dead. Upon entering office last January, President Donald Trump asked Secretary of Defense James Mattis to prepare a Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) that would lay out the Trump administration’s nuclear strategy. Show More Summary

Ex-Def Sec Panetta: Trump’s ‘shthole’ comment ironic given that he’s ‘the grandson of immigrants’ and married to one

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

In light of President Donald Trump’s “vulgar and disparaging remark” in which he said people from some brown and black nations come from “shthole countries,” former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has a message for Americans: “This is not who we are.”...

WATCH: MSNBC’s Mika hammers DHS chief’s ‘painful’ defense of Trump’s ‘racism’

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski said Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s “pained” defense of President Donald Trump’s racist remarks overshadowed just how “depressing” the situation is in the White House. The cabinet official testified Tuesday before the...

Kirstjen Nielsen Faces the Democrats

(John Hinderaker) Secretary of Homeland Defense Kirstjen Nielsen is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It seems that just about the only thing the Democrats want to talk about is the meeting with President Trump last week that gave rise to the “shole” controversy. Show More Summary

‘Being from Norway is not a skill’: Dem senator shuts down Homeland Security chief’s lame defense of Trump ‘shthole’ remarks

5 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen squirmed under tough questioning by Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) about President Donald Trump’s racist remarks about immigration. Nielson appeared Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where the panel’s ranking Democrat asked whether the...

White House says Trump couldn’t possibly be racist: he had a TV show and politicians took his money

Facing continued criticism of President Donald Trump’s latest racist remarks, his press secretary offered a new defense of her boss on Tuesday — using a technique straight out of Trump’s playbook. A reporter asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders about Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) suggestion on Monday that if Trump is really the “least racist person,” […]

Chuck Hagel and leadership

Former Senator Chuck Hagel, who also served as the Defense Secretary during the Obama Administration, and as a squad leader in the Vietnam War came out of hiding today to criticize the current Presidential administration on the subject of leadership. He told the Lincoln, Nebraska Journal-Star; “Globally, you see the same political dysfunction in virtually […]

Trump is an ’embarrassment’ and US is in danger: Chuck Hagel

6 days agoNews : The Raw Story

President Donald Trump is an “embarrassment” who has set the world up for a year of “great danger” in 2018, former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Sunday. “Donald Trump is a doing great damage to our country internationally,” Hagel told the Lincoln Journal...

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel calls Donald Trump 'an embarrassment'

President Donald Trump has “intentionally divid[ed] the country and the world” during his first year in office, former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told the Lincoln Journal-Star for a story published this weekend. This article originally appeared on HuffPost. Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments

The incredible career of Jim Mattis, the legendary Marine general turned defense secretary

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has achieved a legendary status on par with the heroes of the US Military's past. Stories of his achievements and sayings are told in the same way that Patton, Pershing, Marshall, and MacArthur. He isShow More Summary

Meryl Streep Picks ‘President Oprah’ Cabinet: The Rock for Joint Chiefs, Harrison Ford for Defense Secretary and more

These celebrities are so caught in their own worlds that they think of everything as a casting decision. Before this, Barbra Streisand was crying that if this was a movie

US apologises to Japan over repeated military accidents

The US has apologised to Japan over a recent series of accidents involving US military equipment that have sparked anger over American operations in the country, a ministry spokesman in Tokyo said. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis...Show More Summary

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