Defense Secretary Mark Esper Holds a Press Briefing….

Earlier today U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper held a press briefing. Video below. When the transcript is available it will be posted HERE.

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63 Responses to Defense Secretary Mark Esper Holds a Press Briefing….

  1. Han Solo says:

    Sooo, we have to abide by the law, but the Iranians don’t ? You think a regime that has been funding jihad will follow the infidels’ laws?

    Dang, sounds like the DOJ and selective prosecution…or the avg leftist argument.

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  2. Somebody's Gramma says:

    Listening to the “Press” asking questions, you have to ask yourself ONCE AGAIN, who’s side they are on. They sound like a bunch of anti-American activists… but, we knew that. They fully and completely disgust me. Their questions, for the most part, are not to seek the truth. Their questions are to criticize the Administration, imply Trump is the aggressor and 100% ignore the hundreds of Americans who have been slaughtered by the Iranian regime. They ignore the ruthless, brutal, sickening slaughter of the Iranian people by their own government. They must live in some weird twilight zone echo chamber of George Soros’ mind.

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    • Somebody's Gramma says:

      Having said that, they will be the first to cry like a bunch of babies and beg the government to save them should SHTF due to the “sleeper cells” within the Homeland. They want America to de-escalate, not the Terrorists. You have to wonder who birthed and raised these people. They have zero common sense and are the least prepared for a disaster. They would rather acquiesce than fight terrorism. They would rather become socialists rather than fight to be free. I realize I’m being overly generic here, not all Press persons are complete idiots, but the majority are. May all the major networks go completely and utterly bankrupt.

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      • These presstitutes can only survive now by creating controversy in their market. Controversy, valid or not sells. Train wrecks are how the ‘news’ media gets paid today. Paid advertising, classified ads, sports, weather all has been lost revenue. The internet is putting the ‘press’ out of business. These presstitutes are bitter that a leader like President Trump can live rent-free in everyones mind without their ‘Breaking Story’. The internet is putting them out of work.

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  3. MVW says:

    Ayatollah Khomeini was filmed going nuts. This guy is not sane, a shame for Iranians.

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    • Rhoda R says:

      All I got was a commercial for collegian.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Everyone has to watch this vid. Khomeini has a big fit – literally losing all semblance of control & sanity until they come and try to rescue him from his craziness.

      Also glad that Bill takes issues with Tucker on his stance re: Iran.

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      • Peoria Jones says:

        Yes, Bill Still (The Still Report) is very good. Pertinent material starts at 1:10 on video (only a few minutes, and worth it). Someone has anger issues!

        BTW, did you know Mr. Still posted here a week or so ago?

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      • RobInPA says:

        No wonder the d-rats love him soooo much – he is sooooo emotional and passionate!!

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      • MVW says:

        Given this short vid clip of Khomeini foaming at the mouth, beating his own head, it looks like Iranians are facing a Jonestown poisoned koolaide drinking party.

        Khomeini wants the muslims to martyr their countrymen whether or not they want to visit 72 Hillary clones.

        There is no negotiating with such nuttery.

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    • Heika says:

      HOLLY MOLLY! I knew they were nuts but just wow… talk about letting it out of the closet!

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      • mikeyboo says:

        Heika -the really alarming thing to me-assuming the clip is legitimate-is that those close to this man are allowing him to dominate them and the entire country. You would think that someone who appears to be this nuts would have been “retired” by his associates.

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        • Linda K. says:

          Maybe someone in Iran is on the phone with Trump at this moment apologizing for the attack and the “crazed” Khomeini. Maybe that’s why Trump’s oval office talk is on hold.

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    • Robert Smith says:

      I feel like I’m watching one of those cable forerunner shows to shopping networks and a flash sale just started.

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    • Dances with Wolverines says:

      Sheesh, I guess they were good friends? Must have plucked a nerve taking out that terrorist.

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    • jello333 says:

      No idea what this is about, or exactly who the freaky dude is… but it was from at least 5 years ago (post on YouTube). Not saying the current group are any more sane, but this isn’t about recent events.

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  4. GB Bari says:

    Maybe I’m just not familiar enough with DOD press briefings but IMHO Milley provides WAY TOO MUCH detail information about strategy and thinking.

    I really don’t like them giving the enemy all the details about troop numbers and movement, where our defense focus is placed or shifting, etc. No wonder the wars are endless. We rarely have the element of surprise on the enemy because of the loudmouth anti-American press.

    Just because the enemy (press) asks questions about thinking and strategy doesn’t require the SOD and CJCOS to reveal ALL of the information being requested.

    One can easily see the press’s questions are designed to get information to tip off the Iranians or other enemies; to be able to support a negative narrative (“SPIN”) about the President’s “intent”, or to claim PDJT or one of his staff is violating some law, or some agreement or some treaty. etc.

    IMHO, there is nothing in today’s press questions that helps the average citizen or makes them any safer. 99% of the citizenry do not know anything about the machinations of strategic military planning or the legal and diplomatic hurdles through which most of the planning must pass.

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    • jbowen82 says:

      I think they have deliberately been trying to make Iran aware of what is stacked against them, so that Iran is deterred from doing anything stupid.

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      • G. Alistar says:

        Yep, I’ve met Mark Milley, talked to him, heard him speak dozens of time, and there is a reason why he is the Chairman/JCS. COMPETENCE! He is loyal, professional and a brilliant Soldier…He knows exactly what he is doing

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    • mikeyboo says:

      I would not be surprised if they are deliberately being given some bogus information for the very purpose of misleading the enemy.

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    • ms doodlebug says:

      He didn’t get sucked in by the question of whether he thought the U.S. should de-escalate – which would have been reported as a disagreement with the U.S. response to Iranian aggression.

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  5. Hans says:

    If I were going to have a war against the West where would I hide munitions. I i were to hide military personnel where would I hide them. If I were a male enemy combatant how would I disguise myself. Answers mosque , mosque and burka
    It hilarious that Democrats think it’s ok to kill US soldiers by iED but Iranian combatant can have a safe space in a mosque.

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  6. Genie says:

    Math problem we won’t see in a government school 8th grade class: When one “Iranian revered military scholar” is whacked, 50 Iranians are trampled to death at his funeral. How many “Iranian revered military scholars” must be whacked to depopulate Iran?

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  7. Deplore Able says:

    Cultural sites are fair game if used for military purposes. Thus, if a IRGC command and control center is located in the basement of a Mosque, the Mosque is a valid target.

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  8. Sherri Young says:

    Our Al Asad airbase in Iraq just took fire from Iran, if reports are true.

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  9. Frank says:

    It sure is a good thing people like me aren’t in control of the world. If it was entirely up to me, I would eradicate all the “globalists” in our society, drop an MX-class nuke on Tehran, then tell Xi Jinping to go f**k himself, business with them is closed for good. Deport all the Chinese nationals. Secure the nation’s borders and mobilize the Army with strict shoot-to-kill orders on ANYBODY who crosses the Rio Grande. Give Mexico one month to take decisive action against the cartels. If it’s not sufficient, then we start running bombing sorties over northern Mexico. Let’s see the faggots shrug-off a few MOABs on their rickety little ghetto tanks.

    I’m tired of all the screaming assholes in this world. If it was up to me, then I’d say it’s time to deport all the assholes that we can, break ties with the ones who don’t live here, and butcher the ones who keep trying to take advantage of us. To hell with political correctness, globalism, communism, islam, and anything else. I’m tired of it all.

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  10. rustybritches says:

    Its true there are two bases have been hit and they don’t know if there are any injured or killed so far, PT is in the war room watching and talking with his advisors Wrong thing for Iran to do but then again they have just started a war and that’s not good they are saying that the General that PT killed was in IRAQ and not IRAn where he should have been and now them hitting our AIR Bases in IRAQ not good.. look, out IRAN YOU are about to go down

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  11. POTUS was set up by the Rapturists, Pompeo and Esper. He was disingenuously counseled about the ‘small detail’ of Soleimani being a quasi-religious figure whose death would commence an escalation dynamic that will be well-nigh impossible to stop. Forgetting for the moment the religious dimension (if that’s possible), in a secular/professional context he was not given comprehensive counsel. He was offered deceptive counsel. That’s a fireable offense, if not traitorous given the potential, global ramifications. POTUS deserves the best counsel possible. He was badly let down.

    Trump by now knows he got set up. He needs to fire Pompeo and Espey.

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    • Julia Adams says:

      You are entitled to your opinion, but you present no facts or evidence. Just hyperbole. I think you are totally and flat out wrong.

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    • emet says:

      Actually he needs to keep killing terrorists. We have the hammer now and a man who knows how to swing it. Sooner or later those Iranian nuclear sites got to go, and if Iran strikes back it will be sooner. The president who follows POTUS will not likely have the balls to see this thru

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      • I’m with the Colonels, MacGregor and Wilkerson on this one. Probably too smart and not schmoozy enough to become Generals. Pompeo and Esper conspired to lock POTUS into an escalation cycle that will be difficult to defuse. The War Machine is in-transit as we speak. Mobilization has a separate dynamic unto itself.

        Wilkerson wanders off the plantation into Dr. Phil-land when he starts talking about POTUS’ ‘narcissism’ as if Trump’s personality make-up amounts to a hill of beans against the National Security State. Where was Trump’s narcissism in 2003?

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    • Linda K. says:

      I do not want our Embassy attacked, taken hostage as has happened before. We will see.

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  12. emet says:

    The people who vandalize statues of confederate generals or push for their removal are suddenly interested in protecting cultural sites

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  13. nimrodman says:

    Yeah, moslems respect cultural sites … yeah, that’s the ticket …

    Here Are the Most Significant Cultural Heritage Sites That ISIS Has Destroyed to Date

    https://news.artnet.com/art-world/isis-cultural-heritage-sites-destroyed-950060

    Here Are the Ancient Sites ISIS Has Damaged and Destroyed
    Shocking destruction in the Syrian city of Palmyra is part of the militant group’s ongoing campaign against archaeology.
    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/09/150901-isis-destruction-looting-ancient-sites-iraq-syria-archaeology/

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    • jello333 says:

      Yep, that’s one of the main reasons I despise ISIS things more than any other. Not only do they get off on torturing people in the most sadistic ways possible, but they also love destroying ancient ruins and artifacts… the older and more irreplaceable the better. So when we talk about “cultural sites”, I sure hope Trump isn’t talking about thousand-year-old or more stuff. Yes I’m aware the enemy could use such places to hide in, but I absolutely would NOT support destroying them.

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  14. California Joe says:

    I don’t want the attackers brought to justice. I want them dead! That’s your job as SecDef. You’re not a policeman!

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  15. hawkins6 says:

    Sec. Esper–“We have received widespread support from our allies and partners..”

    I’m glad that many Republicans and others like CTH have also stepped up to openly support and defend the President actions against the dangerous, malicious and cowardly attacks by the sleazy Democrats and their Iranian partner’s threats.

    When employees of Charlie Hebdo were massacred by Islamist extremists there were sympathies for the death toll but not for why they died. There was little actual support for their brave defense of freedom of speech etc. over the Mohammed cartoons. The employees of the satirical weekly newspaper were almost alone in the West when they stood up against the radicals. After the massacre, only Ezra Levant’s small magazine in Canada (as far as I know) published the full cartoons that the Islamist murderers considered a crime punishable by death.

    The vast majority of TV and other news sites didn’t show a single cartoon (maybe a heavily pixelated version) to help spread out the pressure with all other news sites so it would be a collective push back to the insanity. Now that would have shown solidarity with the brave victims. The willingness in the West to cave in to PC is another example that only leads to a bad place. President Trump made a courageous and just decision and deserves all the support he’s slowly receiving.

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  16. Merkin Muffley says:

    Trey Yingst of the day shift at Fox News said that the Defense Secretary showed a “shocking lack of understanding” in this press conference. Fox News has a very large Iran lobby.

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  17. stephenson says:

    The questions were appalling—-how do these people justify such stupidity given how they tout their indispensability and objectivity (lol)? A ten year old could put together better questions, and why do people who are faced with such ridiculous questions not make it a mission to call them out, or flatly refuse to entertain silly (glad Esper used that word), half-thought-out, unintelligent stuff? Why don’t they refuse to answer stupid, meaningless questions that are almost almost about future actions, predictions, events that involve speculation: “If this happens (withdrawal), was it worth it?”

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  18. Spatch says:

    Why is no one asking what happened to the pilots, the crew and all the other passengers waiting for General Soleimani on the tarmac in Iraq? What did they all know and what was he and all them carrying for luggage for their trip back to Iran? I’d bet there’s plenty of evidence there.

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