James Mattis

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Person.png General James Mattis   C-SPAN WikiquoteRdf-icon.png
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BornJames Norman Mattis
1950-09-08
Pullman, Washington, U.S.
Alma materCentral Washington University
PartyIndependent

Flag of the United States Secretary of Defense.svg United States Secretary of Defense Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
January 20, 2017 - Present
Preceded byAshton Carter

Employment.png Commander of United States Central Command Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
August 11, 2010 - March 22, 2013
Preceded byJohn Allen

Employment.png Commander of the United States Joint Forces Command

In office
November 9, 2007 - August 11, 2010

Employment.png Supreme Allied Commander of Transformation

In office
November 9, 2007 - September 8, 2009

Employment.png Commander of United States Central Command‎ Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
23 November 1988 - 9 August 1991

Employment.png Supreme Allied Commander Transformation

In office
November 9, 2007 - September 8, 2009

“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
James Mattis (2006)  [1]

James "Mad Dog" Mattis was sworn in as the U.S. Secretary of Defense on 20 January 2017.

Fallujah

General Mattis reportedly earned the nickname “Mad Dog” for leading U.S. Marines into battle in Fallujah, Iraq, in April 2004.[2]

Opposition to torture

In 2017, the New York Times stated that "Mr. Mattis has long opposed some of the aggressive interrogation methods used during President George W. Bush’s administration."[3]

Shoulder to shoulder with Britain

In November 2017, General Mattis said America and Britain will stand shoulder to shoulder in facing down the increasing threat from North Korea and Russia.

Newly appointed Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson was hosting his US counterpart in London for a bilateral meeting following two days of NATO defence ministers' meetings in Brussels.

Congratulating him on his appointment, which came in the wake of sleaze allegations that led to the resignation of Williamson's predecessor Sir Michael Fallon, Gen Mattis said it highlights the confidence Prime Minister Theresa May has placed in him.[4]

Lying about Syria

Commenting on US warplanes massacring around 100 Syrian and allied forces in Deir Ezzor on 7 February 2018, Mattis lied calling it “self-defense", and adding:

“Obviously we are not getting engaged in the Syrian civil war.”[5]

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Event Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)
Bilderberg/201511 June 201514 June 2015Austria
Telfs-Buchen


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