Defense Secretary James Mattis Delivers Statement on North Korea…

Speaking today in Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany, Defense Secretary James Mattis gave a statement to the media before the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan at the George C. Marshall Center:

“The United States and our allies have the demonstrated capabilities and unquestionable commitment to defend ourselves from attack.

Kim Jong Un should take heed of the United Nations Security Council’s unified voice, and statements from governments the world over, who agree the DPRK poses a threat to global security and stability. The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”

“President Trump was informed of the growing threat last December and on taking office his first orders to me emphasized the readiness of our ballistic missile defense and nuclear deterrent forces.

While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now posses the most precise, rehearsed, and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on earth. The DPRK regime’s actions will continue to be grossly over matched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.”

~ U.S. Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis

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128 Responses to Defense Secretary James Mattis Delivers Statement on North Korea…

  1. ZurichMike says:

    I daily get on my knees and thank the good Lord that Hillary Clinton did not prevail last November.

    Liked by 70 people

  2. RedBallExpress says:

    Note to Kim Jong Un: The right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins.

    Liked by 18 people

  3. ECM says:

    Ah yes, the Marshall Plan–an enormous gift to bunch of ingrates and deadbeats.

    Liked by 6 people

  4. NYGuy54 says:

    By the time these fools in NK realize something is up, the overwhelming might of our arsenal will obliterate them. Fatboy is playing a dangerous game of chicken with a guy who won’t play.

    Liked by 17 people

  5. Osugagal says:

    I commented on the T-Rex thread about how happy I was to have competent professionals in charge. Now I am Doubling down on that comment here. Thank you Lord for Trump’s team. They are smart, strategic, determined, and have the b*lls of steel that were seriously missing for the last 8 years.

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  6. Yvonne Stathos says:

    Don’t go there Kimmie, you’re not gonna like the results!

    Liked by 5 people

  7. Janie M. says:

    I cannot help but wonder if Kim Jong Un feels emboldened to make his threats because China has been giving him its tacit approval, despite what it has said publicly.

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    • dalethorn says:

      The UN resolution was unanimous including China. If Kim hits anyone – anyone at all – he’s toast, and China will stand by having made their commitment. But prior to any launch, little Kim is going to stir up s*** as much as he can. By all rights, the constant bluffing with no action should get him taken down by the military. What a nightmare it must be in N. Korea – I hate to say it but at least Hitler had a real military and war machine, but this Kim nutcase wants to commit instant suicide for his nation.

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      • Janie M. says:

        dalethorn, China may have made their “commitment” but I consider them untrustworthy. At times like this, I have wondered what “monitoring” capabilities our IC has.

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          We need to be very wary of China. The Chinese communists are not trustworthy. Not at all. Their movement to back up the Norks before sets a precedent.

          To use the cowboy movie analogy, watch for the gun on the rooftop, around the corner, or behind you. THAT is China.

          Frankly, I think that Russia and China made their votes a bit too easily. I don’t like it. It smells like a primrose path. But I’m sure that Trump knows this, and it’s his path, too.

          We have drama. That is for sure.

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    • 4sure says:

      No on China giving tacit approval. every U.S.Presidents since Regan has given tacit approval. That who the norks pay attention. Would you do any differently? He assumes Trump is like all the rest who have threatened. I don’t see this ending w/o military action or China taking action. Can we depend on China? Not until they start seeing some economic pain from us.Then Kim will understand that Trump is not like the rest.

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  8. n1ghtcr4wler says:

    Lil Kim just ordered a shipment of diapers for his military

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  9. NJF says:

    Love this article.

    Spokeswoman Heather N (no idea how to spell last name) just killed it in the State Dept briefing.

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  10. Alison says:

    Now Secretary Ross should give his statement on NK (aka China proxy).

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  11. So I wonder when we will deploy the first round of economic “nukes”?

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  12. Jimbroh says:

    Wow. Sounds like ‘mad dog’ is on Baird with POTUS. The libtards are gonna start freaking! #maga.

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  13. Niagara Frontier says:

    The NK generals will not find any comfort whatsoever in that statement. I got a tremendous amount of relief just reading it. I am so glad that God put General Mattis on our side.

    On the other hand, the NK generals must be absolutely gleeful about Senator McCain’s remarks to date on the matter. I’m sure McCain’s subversive statements are being played on endless loop throughout North Korea.

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  14. 17CatsInTN says:

    I LOVE me some no nonsense Marine speak. Yesssssssssssssss!! Semper Fi, General, Semper Fi.

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  15. Sandra-VA says:

    A very well co-ordinated message from the entire Admin. Yet, President Trump had to have Press Secretary issue a statement saying that his message was discussed BEFORE he delivered it… because stupid people didn’t like him being tough.

    I am so sick to death of people in the media acting like our President Trump is an idiot doing whatever the hell he feels like doing. He is SMARTER than all of them combined.

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    • Sandra-VA says:

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    • snarkybeach says:

      and then there was the whiny reporter in the State Dept briefing that objected to the “obsessive” pejorative… it’s all about them, isn’t it?

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    • Vince says:

      President Trump is being a bad cop, so that Xi can be the good cop and talk Kim down.

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      • Budman says:

        Personally, I dont want ” kim talked down”. I want him and his minions GONE! Off the face of the earth where hitler, stalin etc are. To talk him down, means he cooperates with the world while keeping his nuke laboratory in working fashion. This has gone on long enough. Bush is just as much to blame as Slick and zero.

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    • dalethorn says:

      There are a handful of people in a few Democrat bunkers in the U.S. who are running thousands of fake Facebook and Twitter accounts, posting millions of anti-Trump messages on these social media. Ordinary people feel overwhelmed by these troll accounts, and I think we need to either have them closed down (probably impossible), or have similar tools available to our people, to balance things.

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      • Deb says:

        Or we educate people about what astroturfing and trolling are, and help them identify fake accounts when they see them. This is never going to go away, people simply must become more savvy about social media.

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        • dalethorn says:

          I’ve been doing the computer thing since 1974 – hacking, crypto, messaging, logistics, propaganda, you name it. This attack on us is being done at the street level, where every social media user or forum member sees the constant stream of fake invective directed at them by the handful of ‘bots who do this stuff. The average person will never have the time to defend against that stuff. We need a new system that can screen out the ‘bots, and even better, identify the organizations that are using them and take them offline.

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    • Windy Day says:

      Welp, get used to the media trashing Trump’s every decision–or better yet, just completely ignore them! Doing so will make your life a LOT less stressful . . . and much more enjoyable.

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  16. NYGuy54 says:

    Maybe the head of the Coast Guard can send over his Tranny brigade to NK. That will make Un feel better. I mean, he already likes Dennis Rodman.

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  17. calbear84 says:

    “The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”
    Translation: Don’t make me MOAB your sorry arse!

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  18. Raffaella says:

    Thank you Gen. Mattis. Thank you Sec. Tillerson. Wow.

    Love you President Trump. You are the greatest.

    Liked by 8 people

  19. TwoLaine says:

    I don’t think Mad Dog is mad yet.

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  20. tonyE says:

    I think the thorniest issue is the artillery that NK has covering Seoul.

    ANYTHING we do -militarily- has to take that into account. At the very least, it must be an almost simultanous attack on Fat Boy’s rockets AND that artillery. Those first ten minutes will be vital. We must ensure that Fat Boy does not order a barrage into Seoul. It will likely last less than ten minutes before the US and SK shut it down, but those ten minutes can kill a LOT of people.

    Indeed, I posit that it’s not his missiles and nukes that are the most dangerous, but that artillery. That’s the Gordian Knot. Shooting the missiles and nukes is easy.

    IMHO, any American military endeavors into NK must shut down the launchers, known storage, known factories, ports AND push the NK border back 40 miles away from Seoul. We need not go further, no need to pull a McArthur. Let the Chinese save face and keep their puppet state. But Seoul must not be so close to NK artillery again.

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    • Somewhere in Dixie says:

      Remember, Fatboy has to shoot first so the world is not saying we are the aggressors. It is the unfortunate truth. Now, within a second he can be evaporated.

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    • georgiafl says:

      Set up a very broad DMZ.

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    • rf121 says:

      Shooting the missles and nukes is easy and take out the artillery in 10 minutes.

      We have about a 50% hit rate under the most ideal test conditions that can be setup. You expect better during a real world intercept?

      10 minutes to clear their artillery? Sure. This will just be like attacking Granada.

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    • So, allow me to weigh in on this quick note. I helped write the defensive fire plan in ’68 for this eventuality. Disclaimer, I don’t know now what our capabilities are nor do I know the capabilities of the NORKs Artillery. They probably have ‘some’ FROG’s (that’s Free Flight Over Ground rockets [unguided]) that are one-off items. Apart from the various rockets, I’m not real sure that Lil Kim has a of mass of artillery that can accurately fire for over 30 MILES. Remember the DMZ is some 30 miles north of Seoul. Their artillery isn’t right on the MDL, it’s further north. So, knowing what I kenw of them THEN, they are at least 45 miles away, if not more.

      Anyways, first round out their tubes and our counter-battery radar (now VERY networked, I’m sure) very accurately responds taking out their first firing batteries. Yes, they will have layers of this but, remember the distance thingy.

      You will never convince me that the morale of the NORK troops is very high at all. After our first counter battery fire (not to mention the USAF, USN, etc.), many of the remaining layers will simply abandon their posts since they know sure death awaits them.

      One final note: the optimum time for the NORKs to come south is around the March time frame since the ground is still mostly frozen but real, Korean winter is breaking. Heavy armor (tanks, etc.) can still traverse the terrain; now, in the summertime with heavy rains and plantings, the valleys will be very muddy slowing any armor advance significantly. Oh, and did I mention that we have each and every one of those routes completely surveyed in?

      Just sayin’ … 😉

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  21. zaq123 says:

    Before we start shooting at them and blowing them up, I say we just link with up with the South Koreans and all along the 38th Parallel, have non stop pig roasts and bbq’s. Get some strippers and some DJ’s playing some really loud music. Wait for the smell of that food to work it’s way to the North Korean guard towers. Let those guards get a good whiff of some pig, steaks and bbq. Let them good a good look at the dancing girls. They’ll be tiptoeing across that mine infested, wasteland as fast as they can.

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  22. Sentient says:

    We should just talk North Korea into attacking Iran instead of us.

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  23. Alan Reasin says:

    The negotiating paths and rewards for NoKo restraint, which were short lived, has been going on since President Clinton. So 20 years ago they launched their first missile, then their nuclear testing, but the can was kicked down the road and it is now at Trump’s feet. And already the usual suspects are blaming him; McCain is detestable in this regard, especially after his healthcare vote that stopped Senate/House negotiations on it.
    And 25 million lives in Seoul are being held hostage to NoKo conventional artillery and VX nerve agent that may be loaded in some shells. NoKo doesn’t need nukes for this and never has. People can say he wouldn’t use VX, but he used VX agent to kill his half brother in February at a Malaysian airport.
    His father shot down a US reconnaissance aircraft over international waters, captured the USS Pueblo spy ship just outside of NoKo waters and sunk a SoKo frigate and attempted to assassinate the President of SoKo. Little was done after these provocations and NoKo recognizes a US/SoKo pattern of appeasement and why shouldn’t they.

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  24. TwoLaine says:

    If we could find Saddam Hussein in a hole, and OBL hiding in plain site, we can certainly find the Fat Boy and his family if/when we need to.

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  25. Somewhere in Dixie says:

    Remember, Fatboy has to shoot first so the world is not saying we are the aggressors. It is the unfortunate truth. Now, within a second he can be evaporated.

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  26. David R. Graham says:

    Good and strong words from a plain man whose call sign is not Mad Dog but Chaos. Yet, the statement is tactical only, not strategic and has not been backed up, in public at least, with a statement of US grand strategic objective in the Pacific. Ditto MENA: excellent tactical successes but no grand strategic objectives to guide said tactical successes.

    The nation’s blood and treasure are being poured out — still! — to gratify, by default, a century-old bit of left-wing imperialist stupidity said to be statecraft: that (1) everyone else wants to be like us and (2) we are obliged to help everyone else enter upon that elysian utopia.

    We are obliged to maintain our sovereignty and freedom inside that sovereignty. We may elect to assist others achieve their sovereignty and freedom inside that sovereignty, but those are elections, not obligations, and justifiable only if they conduce to our own sovereignty and freedom. Our own freedom in sovereignty is the touchstone of our statecraft worthy of the name and nothing else is or can be.

    So far, POTUS Trump and Cabinet have not affixed our own freedom in sovereignty as our grand national strategic objective. They wisely pursue fairness in trade relations and look with appropriate jaundice upon Oriental and African imperialisms. But as to affirming freedom in sovereignty as USA grand national strategic objective, there is no there there yet.

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  27. I figured out a way to save Guam- Thanks to Senator Hank Johnson for the inspiration👌

    Hope I am posting picture correctly :/

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  28. ej says:

    I saw a picture of Kim’s war room on twitter and he literally has an old fashioned paper map of the world on the wall. We have all this high tech stuff and they would be charting attacks the old fashioned way. He may have some nukes, but I am not convinced he could deliver them. I think a real fight would be over in no time. He knows it, we know it. I think this is much ado about nothing.

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    • magagirl says:

      I think I read it would take our military 15 minutes to get the job done aaaannndddd done!

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    • dalethorn says:

      What does it mean to have a leader – a dictator no less, of a country with millions of people and nuclear bombs and ICBM’s, testing those missiles and explicitly/implicitly threatening to nuke the U.S. and other countries? Has this ever been done before? If so, how was that resolved?

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  29. WeThePeople2016 says:

    “President Trump was informed of the growing threat last December and on taking office his first orders to me emphasized the readiness of our ballistic missile defense and nuclear deterrent forces.”

    Like I said yesterday, the President and his team are practicing Semper Paratus!

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  30. daughnworks247 says:

    I would call Sec Mattis’ statement……. definitive.

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  31. Abandoned says:

    There will be no military action. US surgical strikes leave 10,000 NK guns within range of Seoul. Impossible to take them out. Seoul would be reduced to rubble. Probably not acceptable collateral damage.

    China will fix it or have its exports to US trashed.
    Simple.
    China will eventually mostly comply.
    However, expect China to do some lashing out in the South China Sea when they realise they don’t have a lot of choice.

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    • rf121 says:

      Finally some rational thought. The amount of comments here today stating this is just a walk in the park and over in 15 minutes is amazing. NK has been in a state of war since 1953 and has been preparing to start back up ever since.

      When this goes hot, there will be US body bags being delivered home and PT will be blamed. It finally has to be done but think we get through this because of our superior technology. Artillery has been around for 100’s of years and will take its toll. Sometimes low tech is enough.

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  32. US says:

    Problem is, South Korea just elected a leftist government. They will not be on our side.

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  33. citizen817 says:

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  34. Elwood says:

    The N. Korea thing is all part of the color revolution initiated the day after the election. It’s all designed to keep the Trump administration in reaction mode.

    Again, N. Korea is a sock puppet. China is the hand. N. Korea has ZERO, repeat ZERO capability to build nukes and or ICBMs. They can’t even feed themselves. The missiles they have been firing are Scud missiles given to them by China.

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  35. Johnny Bravo says:

    The sound of air, rapidly escaping from the neck of a stretched balloon, is actually emanating from the trousers of Kim Flung Dung.

    Also, in the family picture above, he is laughing embarrassingly at the indiscreet gas escape from his butt whilst his loving wives, children and friends understand he had boiled eggs for breakfast!

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  36. trapper says:

    Another statement naming North Korea but intended for China. “Your dog looks at me that way again and I’m gonna shoot it.”

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  37. Mike diamond says:

    Right on James mattis !!!!

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