GUIDED BY ‘WARRIOR MONK’ DEFENCE SECRETARY, DONALD TRUMP TAKES ON AFGHANISTAN, SYRIA. NORTH KOREA NEXT?

The article originally appeared on India Today.
Here it is bit modified.

The United States yesterday dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb in the history of humankind. A C-130 aircraft dropped the massive 21,000 pound Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) that is also called the ‘Mother of All Bombs on tunnels believed to be used by the ISIS’s Khorasan module. The reports emerging in the aftermath say over dozens of the ISIS fighters have been killed in the attack.

Today, it is in Afghanistan. Last week, it was a Syrian military airbase was targeted by the US with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles after it was suspected that the airbase was used by the Syrian regime to launch chemical attack on civilians that killed over 100.

Then the US has warned North Korea of unilateral action if other global powers don’t come in its support and pre-empting a US action, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has ordered to immediately evacuate Pyongyong, the North Korean Capital city. To cap the tension, there are reports based on satellite images that North Korea is preparing for another nuclear test while the US has clearly warned a pre-emptive strike if North Korea goes ahead with another nuclear test.

Welcome to the command of James Mattis, the US Secretary of Defense who is known as a ‘warrior monk’ and one of his favourite quotes are, “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

US President Donald Trump who said he was very, very proud of the US military action in Afghanistan and congratulated ‘great military men and women of the US for doing so well in the Syria attack’, had said, while announcing James Mattis as his Secretary of Defense, “All I can say is he is the real deal. The real deal”.

And going by the recent US action, it seems Trump, indeed, is getting returns on his real deal and Mattis, indeed, has a plan to kill or punish everybody who doesn’t fall in line, be it the Syrian regime or the ISIS or North Korea or anyone else labelled to be hostile to the US national interest or to create disorder in the world.

General Mattis was with Marine Corps for over 40 years and retired in 2013 when he was heading the US Central Command (Centcom). known for his controversial decisions and tough wartime approach, he is revered for his career among his supporters and is nicknamed ‘mad dog’ for his uncompromising attitude and views in the theatres of conflict and with quotes like the one mentioned above and many more that have come to be known as ‘Mattism’.

He has had extensive experience of handling command operations in the 1991 Gulf War, in 2001 Afghanistan War and in 2003 Iraq Invasion. And, going by the state of affairs, we are going to see more and more of Mattism that believes that “The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some a**holes in the world that just need to be shot.”

And North Korea fits in that line of thinking. In a London conference on March 31, Mattis had said about North Korea, “Right now, it appears to be going in a very reckless manner in what its conduct is portraying for the future and that has got to be stopped.” And days after it Donald Trump tweeted to reiterate that stand, “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them!”

©SantoshChaubey

THE MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS BY GENERAL ‘MAD DOG’ MATTIS

The United States has just dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb in the history of war craft and it may be just the beginning. Today, it is Afghanistan, with the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) that is also called the ‘Mother of All Bombs’. A C-130 aircraft dropped the 21,000 pound bombs on tunnels believed to be used by ISIS.

Last week, it was a Syrian military airbase that was targeted by the US with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles after it was suspected that the airbase was used by the Syrian regime to launch chemical attack on civilians that killed over 100. Then the US has warned North Korea of unilateral action if other global powers don’t come in its support and pre-empting a US action, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un today ordered to evacuate Pyongyong, the North Korean Capital.

Welcome to the command of James Mattis, the US Secretary of Defense who is known as a ‘warrior monk’ and one of his favourite quotes are, “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

And going by the recent US action, it seems he, indeed, has a plan to kill everybody who doesn’t fall in line, be the Syrian regime or the ISIS or North Korea or anyone else alleged to create disorder in the world.

Mattis was with marine corps for over 40 years and retired in 2013 when he was heading the US Central Command (Centcom).

General Mattis is revered for his career and is nicknamed ‘mad dog’ for his uncompromising attitude and views in the theatres of conflict and with quotes like the one mentioned above and many more that have come to be known as ‘Mattism’.

He has had extensive experience of handling command operations in the 1991 Gulf War, in 2001 Afghanistan War and in 2003 Iraq Invasion. And, going by the state of affairs, we are going to see more and more of Mattism that believes that “The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some a**holes in the world that just need to be shot.”

©SantoshChaubey

JAMES MATTIS, TRUMP’S DEFENSE SECRETARTY, THREATENS NATO: PAY UP OR THE US IS GONE

The article originally appeared on India Today.
Here it is bit modified.

Though describing the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) as the ‘bedrock of the US’s defense policy’, US Defense Secretary James Mattis had some tough words for his allies in the world’s most powerful military alliance.

James Mattis is on his first Europe visit after becoming the US Defence Secretary. Mattis was speaking during a meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels yesterday when he sent this stern message to other members of the grouping that include 28 countries including Germany, France, Canada, Italy, Norway, Spain and the UK.

According to Washington Post, Mattis said, “I owe it to you all to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States and to state the fair demand from my country’s people in concrete terms. America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to the alliance, each of your capitals needs to show its support for our common defense.”

Mattis is following what his boss has always said that the US would no longer be the big daddy if other member countries don’t fulfil the financial obligations expected from them. While speaking at the US Central Command headquarters on February 6, Trump had reiterated his line from the campaign days, giving clear indications that it indeed was going to be the US policy on NATO. He assured the continued US role in NATO affairs but added the rider that other countries must scale up their spending and share the burden first. Trump has said that the US may not rush to defend the Baltic countries in case of a Russian attack if they don’t meet the financial obligations.

Mattis, a former US Marine Corps General and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander of Transformation, who has been picked by Donald Trump to head the US defense establishment, put before the NATO leaders the US demand in unequivocal terms.

And Trump’s demand is not part of any rhetoric here. NATO expects its member countries to spend 2% of their GDPs on defense but only five of 28 member countries meet this basic criteria, a CNN report says.

Trump feels that NATO has many problems and foremost of them is that it has become obsolete. During his London visit last month, before his inaugural on January 20, Trump had said in an interview that NATO had become obsolete because it was designed a long time ago and it was being unfair to the US as most other countries were not paying what they were supposed to pay.

Taking a cue from Trump’s demands, especially after his victory in the US presidential polls on November 8, 2016, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had made a strong pitch for increased defense expenditure by the member countries while delivering keynote address at the NATO-Industry Forum on November 9, 2016. Since then he has been on it. A CNBC report published yesterday quotes him, “In my two phone calls with President Trump defense spending has been a main topic and he has strongly expressed his strong commitment to NATO, to the transatlantic bond but at the same time President Trump has in both the phone calls also underlined the importance of a fairer burden sharing. And I agree with him.”

Bulk of the NATO spending comes from the US and NATO admits that it is over-reliant on the US, another CNN report says. There has always been a gap between the US and other countries’ contribution owing to the huge US defense budget, that stood at $650 billion last year. It widened significantly after the 2001 terror attacks on the US. But Donald Trump wants to end that. No more largesse. Instead, he wants every member country to shoulder the financial burden in a revamped NATO with no appendages from past. The CNN report says that the combined GDP of other 27 NATO members is more than the US GDP, still the US defense spending is more than double of them.

So, the message is loud and clear. NATO will remain the bedrock of the US and the transatlantic community’s defense strategy if it mends its ways. Otherwise, Trump has already declared it obsolete.

©SantoshChaubey