Tag: Mattis, James N

Mattis Erupts Over Niger Inquiry and Army Revisits Who Is to Blame

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was livid last month when he summoned top military officials to a video conference at the Pentagon to press them about an investigation into a 2017 ambush in Niger that killed four Americans on a Green Beret team. His anger, Pentagon officials said, came […]

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Homeland Security Dept. Request Would Keep Troops on Border Through January

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security formally asked the Pentagon on Friday to extend the mission of active-duty troops on the southwest border through the end of January. If Defense Secretary Jim Mattis approves the request, as one Pentagon official said was expected, at least some of the military […]

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The Senate Steps Up on Saudi Arabia

The Senate delivered a sharp rebuke to President Trump and his see-no-evil support for the rulers of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday by advancing a measure that would cut American military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. But unless Congress enacts and enforces the bill, which is unlikely, it will […]

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U.S. Troops Could Remain on Border Into 2019, Officials Say

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is considering keeping active-duty American troops on the southwestern border into January, two Defense Department officials said on Wednesday, potentially extending a deployment to confront a caravan of migrants from Central America. The military’s border mission is currently slated to end Dec. 15, and no final […]

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Trump Officials, Fiercely Defending Saudis, Warn Senators Not to Abandon Yemen War

WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials urged senators against withdrawing American military support for the war in Yemen in an aggressive warning on Wednesday that doing so could embolden Iran and endanger the United States. The forceful and coordinated effort came as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim […]

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Trump’s Border Stunt Is a Profound Betrayal of Our Military

A week before the midterm elections, the president of the United States announced he would deploy up to 15,000 active duty military troops to the United States-Mexico border to confront a menacing caravan of refugees and asylum seekers. The soldiers would use force, if necessary, to prevent such an “invasion” […]

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U.S. Military’s Global Edge Has Diminished, Strategy Review Finds

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s new focus on threats from China and Russia after almost two decades of fighting terrorism “too often rests on questionable assumptions and weak analysis,” an independent bipartisan commission concluded in a sharply critical report issued on Wednesday that challenges President Trump’s commitment to supporting a strong […]

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First Lady Says an Aide ‘No Longer Deserves the Honor of Serving in This White House’

WASHINGTON — She bad-mouthed the defense secretary. She was the hatchet woman for John R. Bolton, the famously combative national security adviser, and drove out staff members from the National Security Council who were deemed insufficiently conservative or loyal. But in disparaging two members of Melania Trump’s staff who traveled […]

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A Week After the Midterms, Trump Seems to Forget the Caravan

WASHINGTON — For weeks before the midterm elections, President Trump warned ominously about the threat from a caravan of migrants streaming from Central America toward Mexico’s border with the United States. It was a fearsome mix of criminals and “unknown Middle Easterners,” Mr. Trump claimed darkly, one that constituted a […]

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Deployed Inside the United States: The Military Waits for the Migrant Caravan

BASE CAMP DONNA, Texas — Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Micek, a platoon sergeant with the 89th Military Police Brigade, tore open the brown packaging of his M.R.E. on Thursday. It was a chicken and noodle dish, one of the more sought-after rations because it came with Skittles. But from the […]

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Trump Administration to Punish Saudis in Moves That Could Stop Tougher Acts by Congress

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to end air refueling flights for the Saudi Arabian military campaign in Yemen and impose sanctions against Saudis linked to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, current and former American officials said on Friday, moves that impose a limited punishment on the kingdom. The […]

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After Deadly Raid, Pentagon Weighs Withdrawing Almost All Commandos From Niger

He said those teams could be brought in from National Guard units from California, Indiana, Michigan and other states. “We won’t walk away and abandon this,” General Waldhauser said. The defense strategy that was unveiled in January, coupled with the deadly attack in Niger, has fast-tracked decisions by Mr. Mattis […]

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Planning His Funeral, McCain Got the Last Word Against Trump

“It was as if he was dealing with someone else but himself,” Mr. Davis recalled of the meetings, which included himself, Mr. Salter and Carla Eudy, the senator’s longest-serving aide. Cindy McCain, his wife, sometimes called in. When she didn’t, it fell to Mr. Davis to fill her in. In […]

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news analysis: The White House and the Strongman

President Trump boasts that he has reversed American policies across the Middle East. Where his predecessor hoped to win hearts and minds, Mr. Trump champions the axiom that brute force is the only response to extremism — whether in Iran, Syria, Yemen or the Palestinian territories. He has embraced the hawks of the region, in […]

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Mattis, in South Korea, Affirms ‘Ironclad’ Alliance Despite Halt to Drills

SEOUL, South Korea — Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis started Thursday morning ensconced in meetings with high-ranking Chinese military officials in Beijing, navigating a thin line between relationship-building and military posturing. By the afternoon he was standing beside his South Korean counterpart in Seoul, reaffirming a commitment to one of the United States’ closest allies […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: Trump Arms an Adversary

The Turkish Air Force took delivery of its first F-35A stealth plane this week at an elaborate rollout ceremony in Texas that featured, according to one report, “traditional music and song together with a dancer who performed … while wearing a pair of massive leather wings.” If the performance was bizarre, the underlying politics ranged […]

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Pentagon Suspends Major War Game With South Korea

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon announced on Monday that it was suspending a major military exercise with South Korea that President Trump had criticized as a waste of money. The decision to cancel — at least for now — the large-scale, long-planned Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise set for August had been expected after Mr. Trump’s surprise […]

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Trump Orders Establishment of Space Force as Sixth Military Branch

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Monday that he would direct the Pentagon to establish a sixth branch of the armed forces dedicated to protecting American interests in outer space, an idea that has troubled lawmakers and even some members of his administration, who have cautioned that the action could create unnecessary bureaucratic responsibilities for […]

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The Disaster Awaiting Yemen After Al Hudaydah Falls

If the coalition captures the city, it could indeed reopen the port for humanitarian and commercial shipments. But to reach the great majority of starving Yemenis, food would still have to cross the front line. And that’s to say nothing of the lasting impediments caused by the extensive damage to civilian infrastructure: At least one-third […]

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Special Operations Forces in Africa Likely to Face Cuts in Major Military Review

Soldiers are selectively recruited for those Security Force Assistance Brigades instead of taxing regular Army forces for the advisory missions. While the Army plans to field six of the advisory units, only one is fully staffed. It is currently deployed to Afghanistan, where it is facing difficulties that advisory soldiers have dealt with in the […]

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