Defense Department Pentagon Briefing – Syria, Russia, North-Korea, and China (3:30 pm Live Stream)

General James Mattis is anticipated to deliver his first Pentagon briefing since becoming Secretary of Defense. Mattis is anticipated to discuss Syria, Russia, North Korea and China and the U.S. military contingencies toward that end.  Anticipated start time 3:30pm ET

Update: Full Video Added

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…”I think what we have to look at here is a policy decision by the United States.  There is a limit 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.  But it was not a statement that we could enter full-fledged, full-bore, into the most complex civil war – probably waging on the planet, at this time.”

~ Defense Secretary James Mattis

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66 Responses to Defense Department Pentagon Briefing – Syria, Russia, North-Korea, and China (3:30 pm Live Stream)

  1. I sense a lot more camaraderie and chemistry between Trump and Mattis vs. Trump and McMaster. This should be riveting.

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  2. I see two chairs. Is somebody joining Mattis? Dunford, perhaps?

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  3. HBD says:

    Dang. It stopped

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  4. Am77 says:

    I am completely avoiding all the sites I used to enjoy going to before the Syria strike because of all the overreaction BS going on.

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    • duchess01 says:

      You will find in-depth research, sound analysis, and truth here, AM77 – no need to venture far from this site – commenters here keep abreast of the misinformation elsewhere as well – Welcome to the Treehouse, AM7!

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      • Macho Fury says:

        I know!
        The treehouse of common sense. It’s funny how situations put pressure on people like a science experiment designed to break and expose human natural responses etc. The ones that fail it are surprisingly no different with behaviour than the looney left. Just waiting for autistic screeching. Lets see on the build up to Kim’s grandfather’s birthday.

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        • duchess01 says:

          So true, Macho! Unfortunately, many are too quick to judge before all of the evidence is in – how many times have you shaken your head in disbelief – for me, it has been too many times – Melania was correct – as a family, the Trumps are strong – what they have endured while campaigning shouldn’t have happened to anyone – and yet, they were stalwart in their resolve – Thank God!

          The belligerence is constant – the ignorance is unconscionable – and the idiocy is unbelievable – Sean Spicer sees it every day at the Press Conference – and he has the patience of a saint – so glad God is in control – and He has heard our prayers – because we sure need His help!

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    • indiana08 says:

      I agree, too much disinformation and too much REEEEEEEing on other sites. Sundance and his team actually engage in real journalism.

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    • Yep! I know how you feel Am77. But I even started weeks BEFORE this ordeal. You can always tell your true friends when times get tough. The tough get going and the whimps whine and place blame.

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    • oncefired says:

      Even though Sundance Explained to us how Trump’s strike on Syria was a warning to all side not to use chemical weapons, which I respect. The Problem is that the most likely explanation is now coming out. The US was informed of an upcoming strike on an ISIS weapons depot by the Russians, Syria hit that depot with a conventional strike. Basically the one thing all the experts are in agreement with, which is something I pointed out the day after was that it wasn’t Sarin or the First Responders in the video would also be dead because they were not wearing protective anything while handling the victims! More will come out, but this is pretty conclusive from former weapons Inspectors:
      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-11/intelligence-and-military-sources-who-warned-about-wmd-lies-iraq-war-now-say-assad-d

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  5. duchess01 says:

    No comment on whether or not Russia was complicit in the Chemical Weapons Attack – referred only to Assad with respect to past and present behavior/actions –

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  6. fedback says:

    Mattis refers to USS Carl Vinson as she. A military man

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  7. Just_me says:

    Lol, Mattis answer, NO.

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  8. sunnydaze says:

    Press is behaving itself and asking relevant questions.

    This is a different group than the Numpty Heads that attend Spicers PCs, right?

    Cuz they seem waaaay smarter.

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  9. Trumpsterinpa says:

    Mattis is amazing. We are in great hands. No question the chemical attacks had to be stopped. We have troops embedded and it posed a huge threat as we destroy ISIS, provide safezones, and weaken Assad, a bad dude. Lots a moving parts, we have great leadership and we can thank Trump for this. American exceptionalism is back.

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  10. BakoCarl says:

    I just loved the way SecDef Mattis started this news briefing –

    “I come in peace. I didn’t bring my sidearm. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you make fake news out of what I’m saying, I’ll kill you all.”

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  11. Great to hear from the horse’s mouth… looks like people got their panties in a wad for no reason whatsoever. This is what they call a “one off” like my husband said. Thanks for posting the videos.

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  12. citizen817 says:

    Mattis: Chemical weapons or a barrel bomb
    Still crosses a “real red line”

    Such a refreshing change from “leading from behind”

    Leading from the front…big difference!

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  13. citizen817 says:

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    • truthseekerr says:

      is there some evidence I can check out?

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    • chojun says:

      Just remember that the intelligence community operating in Syria has been in coordination with John McCain (and others like Evan McMullin – former CIA). There is a lot of evidence that US backed “rebels” are actually Al-Qaeda and there are images of John McCain and McMullin (then working with the CIA) posing for a picture with militants who ended up being part of ISIS in Syria. They’re also pictured with Muslim Brotherhood figures.

      Just remember the facts:

      * Assad condemned the chemical attack after it occurred.
      * Putin is asking the UN to investigate the chemical attack
      * Putin and Assad are inviting investigators to visit the airfield targeted by US missile strikes to verify that no chemical weapons are/were stored there.
      * Strategically, Assad had NOTHING to gain by causing an international incident by using chemical weapons – the Syrian Gov’t is currently winning the Syrian civil war
      * Putin cited his own intelligence sources by noting that the attack appears to be a “False Flag” attack and that more attacks are coming.

      IF (big *IF*) Syrian regime change is the strategy and investment with the western world, and *IF* the CIA and other agencies are responsible or tasked with achieving this goal, then it is *LIKELY* that the intelligence community would feed the Pentagon and White House false or manipulated information in order to pigeon-hole the White House into a predictable response. In other words, regardless of who actually conducted the chemical attack, the IC can manipulate the response by manipulating information about *WHO* conducted the attack.

      Just note that a chemical attack attributed to Assad – whether or not that is actually the case – requires Trump to respond with force. To do nothing would cause beaucoup problems for Trump. Keep in mind that the chemical attack occurred only days after the Trump administration indicated that the Syrian people would be responsible for determining a replacement for Syria – a major policy change favorable to Assad. Note that Assad is actually popular with the Syrian people (generally).

      Note that the Trump response (highly targeted attacks against infrastructure and equipment) suggests that the US does not want to directly escalate against the Syrian regime. Mattis noted that the goal is still the destruction of ISIS in Syria.

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    • RC says:

      General Mattis might take a page out of General Dempsey’s handling of the September 19, 2013 Chemical attack, in a suburb of Damascus called Ghouta, which generated comparable pressure on President Obama to retaliate against Bashir Assad.

      Now General Dempsey had a stroke of luck, but one which could be duplicated by General Mattis with little difficulty. The United Nations / Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ( UN / OPCW ) had arrived in Syria shortly before the Damascus attack. These chemical specialists collected site soil samples, that were then examined by the British Government’s Defense Science Laboratory at Porton Down, Wiltshire. The tests revealed that the chemical used did not possess the “signature” of known Syrian or (old) Iraqi stockpiles shipped to Syria in 2003, creating a question about who had really launched the horrific attack?

      Rather than attempt to assign blame, a hopeless endeavor, General Dempsey worked with President Obama to convert a default reaction of bombing Syria into a brokered international agreement whereby Syria transferred stockpiles of lethal chemical weapons to the US Navy and our other partners for destruction.

      We are approaching 1 week since the recent chemical attack in Idlib province. Thanks to an agreement between the US – Russia – Syria, General Mattis is aware that Syria intended to bomb an old-quarry / now rebel depot near Khan Shaykhun. Syria also provided the US with their airplane’s flight path. But General Mattis has still not stated what was actually dropped that morning.

      General Mattis should invite the UN / OPCW to collect soil samples in the old-quarry and Khan Shaykhun, for shipment to the British Defense Science Laboratory at Porton Down.

      Of all weeks in the year, Christians will re-witness this week the condemnation, torture and crucifixion of LOVE — based on false statements. An opportune moment and challenge to check the veracity of statements made in the past week.

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  14. SharonKinDC says:

    Excellent presentation. Also the Q’s fanning the BIG WAR mode were tamped down. The work to defeat ISIS remains unchanged, the strike on the AF base was separate and done simply b/c use of chemical warfare has been banned for 100 years. Notably, even in WWII and the Korean War, gasses were NOT used on the battlefield.

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    • graphiclucidity says:

      Do you ever get the feeling that BIG MEDIA always seems to pray and push BIG WAR because it’s good for sales, clicks, and ratings?

      I’ve had that feeling since the 1991 Gulf War.

      People worry about the Military Industrial Intelligence Complex pushing for more war for profit and power. I say they Media Propaganda Complex is just as greedy for blood money.

      It’s all quite disheartening at times.

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  15. Summer says:

    But… but… but… muh invasion?!

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  16. Bonitabaycane says:

    The words of Mad Dog Mattis should hopefully convince all the concern trolls that our President has no intention of involving this country into the quagmire of the Middle East. But the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated by our President. I stand with our President and his policy.

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  17. The Defense and National Security journalists actually seem to know stuff and have some understanding of tactics, strategy and defense policy. Unlike the ideological, agenda journalists covering the White House and Congress.

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  18. “Mad Dog” = “Sane Honey Badger” in fact.

    And even if he was teddy bonkers or an active tool of sinister forces, the King of the Jungle is still president. 🙂

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  19. BG2 says:

    I’m sure the soldier in the picture above is just following protocol. The bling on US General officer’s uniforms gets more embarrassing every month. The old style US Cavalry fore and aft shoulder patches are pure Hollywood and the sleeve marks potentially could end up meeting the patches, I guess. The only thing missing is some fluro chrome racing stripes.
    Check out an Israeli General, hardly even a uniform tie to be seen.

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  20. ZZZ says:

    Soooo…how will Assad be ousted?
    Gently into the night?

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  21. ALEX says:

    But But Ingraham,Coulter,Savage,Jones and a bunch of other cheap talkers say it ain’t so…

    Nicely done General…We are in seasoned hands. A ton of thought went into this action, unlike the folks who open their yaps and will never admit they are wrong about all this…

    MAGA

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  22. aqua says:

    I have deep respect for General Mattis. And zero respect for the mainstream media who ask stupid questions at every press conference. So thankful we get to hear the information directly from the Secretary directly.

    Thanks, Sundance. This is a banner day of a banner year, and I learn so much from the articles posted here. The comments, too.

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  23. alegenoa says:

    Please go to 12:30 in the first video: at 12:47 Mattis is showing a couple of tells that he’s not telling the truth regarding knowing that Assad was the culprit.
    This “reading body language” of course is NOT a scientific field, and I have no qualification to speak of, but still, it’s interesting…

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