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General Mattis Is Royally Pissing Off The Russians!!

Trump’s Defense Secretary seemed to undermine the narrative that Putin was a poor victim of mean Democrats when he said there was little doubt they had interfered with elections.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday at NATO headquarters he has “little doubt” Moscow has tried interfering in democratic elections, while also rebuffing calls for renewed military cooperation with Russia.

“Russia is going to have to prove itself first,” Mattis told reporters, adding it is premature to talk about cooperating militarily with Moscow.

Amid rising evidence that Russia has begun interfering in several upcoming European elections using a strategy of leaked emails and ‘fake’ news, Mattis gave a blunt response when asked if he thinks Russia did the same thing in the U.S. election.

“There is very little doubt they have either interfered or attempted to interfere in elections of democracies,” Mattis said in Brussels.

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Ironically, Trump was ripping apart that narrative in the crazy press conference today, and on his Twitter account:

This is very odd when coupled with the revelation from Sean Spicer that they’ll be demanding Russia return the Crimea back to Ukraine. It’s almost as if Trump will persist in his fantasies, but doesn’t care that his cabinet forges ahead in contradiction to his statements. And that’s.. a good thing. I think.

After this, the Russians responded, angrily, and Mattis pretty much said screw you, Russkies!

From Reuters:

Mattis, who has previously accused Russia of trying to break the NATO alliance, told a closed-door session of NATO on Wednesday that it needed to be realistic about the chances of restoring a cooperative relationship with Moscow.

He cited Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, which plunged U.S.-Russia relations to a post-Cold War low. Mattis said NATO needed “negotiate from a position of strength” as he called for stepped up military spending.

That prompted a terse reply from Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. “Attempts to build a dialogue with Russia from a position of strength would be futile,” he was quoted as saying by TASS news agency.

Mattis shot back: “I have no need to respond to the Russian statement at all. NATO has always stood for military strength and protection of the democracies and the freedoms we intend to pass on to our children.”

I am shocked and surprised by this, not because Mattis isn’t of the character of the kind of person who would do this, but because Trump apparently put this guy in and doesn’t know, or doesn’t care, that he’s going against much of what Trump promised.

Either Trump was bluffing about what he said about NATO to fool Putin, or he has no clue what Mattis is doing. Either way, I am about a million times happier that Mattis is directing U.S. foreign policy about NATO instead of following Trump’s promises.

Of course, Moscow-owned media propaganda “Russian Today” loved Trump’s comments about getting along:

And our own media and Democrats are completely ignoring what Mattis is doing and saying. It’s almost as if they’re more interested in destroying Trump than they are about our defense operating wisely….

  • ProudlyDeplorable

    GET REAL… TRUMP IS NEGOTIATING… GOOD COP / BAD COP…

  • FeralCat

    If mattis is acting, he is over doing it.

  • Grant Naylor

    Okay, and what is Trump’s “Bargining Position”?

    He’s pretty much wrote off the Ukraine, while mouthing platitudes about the Crimea.

    Where’s the deal there? You think Trump has the moxie to send ‘advisors” even though its was part of the treaty that got the Ukraine to give up a majority of weapons for it?

    Syria is a client state of the Russians, being shared with Iran for fun and games in Iraq/Jordan backyard. Egypt has the MB vying for power again, while IS is in EVERYONE’S shyte.

    Where’s the deal there? Short of sending in a NATO heavy land force to sweep the western Iraqi desert and solidify the Iraqi/Syrian border, and stabilizing an autonomous Kurdish region none of that’s going to happen, especially with this State Dept., let alone Trump.

    Turkey is pretty much *Gone*, but yet an NATO ally – If they align with Iran, then they’ll nominally cozy up to the Russians – Heck they may even ignore getting rid of Assad for some ‘baksheesh’ as in UN support and military aid.

    NO deal there: Putin will have secured either 1 or 2 warm water ports for their Navy expansion, which gives them a closer shot into NATO’s rear land/sea routes, not to mention increases the capability of Russian surveillance of that same area, including Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

    We won’t even go into dealing with China/NorK or South of the Central American border.

    There’s no GC/BC here – just two different policies by two department heads – Defense and the President – Either way, having two different policy goals being vocalized in the press looks disjointed, and does NOT assure allies.

  • gastorgrab

    There was a funny headline at the Bing homepage about Mattis. (At least I thought it was funny.)

    “Mattis Doesn’t See The Press As The Enemy”

    Just a heads up for the left-stream media: If Mattis saw you as the enemy, you’d already be dead.

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