Mattis cruises through confirmation hearing

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January 13, 2017

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Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis on Thursday cruised through his confirmation hearing despite senators’ attempts to draw him out in areas where he might disagree with President-elect Donald Trump.

The Senate Armed Services Committee afterward easily passed a waiver exempting Mattis from a law that requires Defense secretaries to be retired from military service for at least seven years.

The vote was 24-3, with Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), a Marine veteran, voting in the opposition.

Perhaps in a sign of how smoothly the hearing went, a handful of anti-war Code Pink members, who typically protest at the committee’s hearings, stayed silent throughout, only holding up peace signs with their hands and even clapping at times.

Many of the questions focused on getting Mattis to break with Trump on the record, particularly on Russia.

36 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Askjrsk says:

    Donald Trump surrounding himself with professional successful people. Not politicians he owed favors to. Obama surrounded himself with Muslims who know nothing.

  • Jean Langford M. says:

    LOL…LOL…LIKE I SAID….JUST WATCH….THE DUMBOCRAPS ARE OUT GUNNED….

  • justinwachin says:

    Donald Trump has nominated quality people. These hearings are revealing that. The world needs to be aware that America will reassume its role as world leader at noon eastern time on Friday, Jan. 20.

  • bobnstuff says:

    I’m not hearing a lot of Trumps views for his nominees. Mattis is pro NATO and anti Russia. He did very well in his hearings and can actually do the job he is being appointed to. I’m very surprised and in a good way. Trump has made a lot of statements on defense that scared me but this man isn’t echoing him. Our military has been undergoing a lot of changes over the last fifteen years, lots of updates in equipment and ways of fighting. I actually believe that Mattis understands were we are headed and will move the program along. Lets just hope Trump listens to him.

    1. Tiger says:

      Mattis in no way is going to continue O’s military. His comments were sly and Trump wants opposition and fresh ideas but make no mistake, Mattis is a weathered fighter and he knows the score and the nonsense going on in our military is over. No more Social Experiment.

      Just because when asked about Jerusalem he was sly enough to say that when he goes to Israel Tel Aviv is where the government is and he added for now. Make no mistake he is pro Israel and the embassy of the U.S. will move to the Capital in Jerusalem.

      Where were these vicious rabid dogs of war on Russia when O told Ukraine sorry we can’t help you Clinton’s promise to you was not a Treaty. Or when he drew Red Lines then backed off and let Assad kill over 150,000 people and go with Russia? Where were they when O took the Shields away from all our Slavic allies? Nowhere and now because of FAKE news they are all over Russia.

      Forget it, right now we have Iran with what it needs to build a nuke, thanks to O and we are filled with terrorists in our country according to CIA, Military, FBI and Homeland security and Russia with the strong man in office, like Reagan and Bush can be dealt with and with a military rebuilt and with all it needs including he spoke of getting our Reservists back up to snuff, Russia can be held at bay but N. Korea, China and Iran need to be taken care of now. By the way Chinese hacked huge just a few months back and not a peep.

      This is all about tying Trump to Russia and it has failed. Wasn’t it O who told the Russian president on a hot mic he could do more once he was re-elected? And just how did that asshole Muslim know he would be re-elected?

      1. Jean Langford M. says:

        COUNT ON IT…CONCISE PRECISE SYNOPSIS…DEAD ON TARGET.

        1. Tiger says:

          I am an Army Combat Support nurse since 1988, served in two wars, don’t remember meeting this guy but do remember meeting many Generals, they came in with their wounded and they updated us and some themselves were injured because they went in with their men, of course they will kill me if I name them. LOLOLO true that believe me.

          This man is going to kick ass and call names and if these naive little minded pieces of shit thought for one second they could trap a fox like this HaHa and more Ha ha.

          1. Jean Langford M. says:

            I LOVE THE DEAD SERIOUS HALARITY..MATHIS WILL DEFEND THIS COUNTRY WITH EVERYTHING HE CAN PROCURE….HE IS LOVED BY HIS WARRIORS IN EVERY BRANCH OF THE ARMED FORCES….THEY WOULD AND WILL MARCH INTO HELL FOR HIM….COUNT ME AMONG THEM…

          2. Tiger says:

            Count me in.

          3. Jean Langford M. says:

            IT IS A HONOR TO MAM…

          4. Tiger says:

            May our Souls all come together to do what needs to be done. May we have the strength and the fortitude to make America Great Again.

          5. Jean Langford M. says:

            WE WILL SEE IF THAT INTERNAL FORTITUDE EXSTENDS TO OUR INTERNAL ENEMIES….THEY , MORE THAN EXTERNAL FORCES NEEDS TO BE SWEPT AWAY WHILE FIGHTING THE BUTCHER MUSLIM THREAT (S)…WE WILL WATCH AND SEE..AND FIGHT WHEN WE MUST..WITH WORDS…..AND IF NEED BE..WEAPONS…

          6. Tiger says:

            Yes we will Jean. That is why I live where I do, the day they decide to do here in our neighborhoods what they do overseas they will find it isn’t that easy. We have our houses and our supplies and we keep watch on one another.

          7. Jean Langford M. says:

            PRUDENT PRECATIONS…SECURITY IS DEPENDENT ON OFFENCIVE DEFENCE..BEING A COMBAT NURSE YOU HAVE SEEN IT ON THE PERIMETERS OF FORWARD BASE CAMPS..HAVING A NETWORK IS BEST…MORE “EYES.” SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE YOUR SHIT TOGETHER…WELL DONE.

          8. Tiger says:

            Thank you my friend. Bet you got your shit together also. ;p

          9. Jean Langford M. says:

            TO INCLUD NOISE SURPRESSORS…”YES MAM:”….DRONES….HIDDEN CAMERAS…PERIMETER INVISABLE LIGHT BEAM BORDERS (NOT DETECTABLE)..SEVERAL EGRESS ESCAPES FROM POINT OF DEFENCE..REDUNDANT TACTICAL RETREAT DEFENCIVE POSITIONS IN TANDUM WITH OVER LAID CROSSING FIELDS OF FIRE…HAND HELD LASER BLIND DEFENCE AGAINST INCOMING DRONES (BLIND CAMERAS, AIMING SENSORS)…GENERATION 4 STARLIGHT AND INFRA RED VISION….”LASER CONCEALMENT: ” LASER SPLATTER DEFENCE” IN RED OR GREEN DOTS (THIS IS UNIQUE: DISGUISES “YOUR LASER DOT” SO “THE ENEMY DOES NOT KNOW HE HAS BEEN TARGETED),” ALSO USED WITH MIRRORS TO “HIDE EMITTER”…REALLY PROUD OF THIS ..IT IS A CHRISTMAS SPLATTER LASER I CONVERTED TO COMBAT SYHC OPS AND OFFENSIVE CONCEALMENT…..IT WORKS….LOL…LOL…

          10. Tiger says:

            Oh My Lord I have never been so happy for someone and I know many who have almost the same set-ups across America and you are a hoot. Thank God for people like you. I say drones over the planned rioters filled with tear gas would be good in D.C. but my guess the X vets and Bikers will handle a few of these nits.

          11. Jean Langford M. says:

            EX VETS..WHEN “VETTED” FOR GUARDS…BIKERS ?? I AM SCEPTICAL….VERY SCEPTICAL….IF THEY ARE VETTED IN ADVANCE WITH BACKGROUND CHECKS…YES…OK…..BUT THIS KIND OF “FILLERS” WHEN “NOT” FULLY “SCREENED” OPENS DOORS TO “PREMPT” SECURITY..DANGEROUS HOLES A PREPATRATOR COULD SLIP THROUGH UNDETECTED, NOT EVEN BY OTHER BIKERS OR VETERANS….YOU MUST BE SURE OF YOUR SECURITY ROSTER SO EVERYONE CONCERNED KNOWS THEIR TEAM MEMBERS…THIS JUST ISN’T POSSIBLE WITH THESE GROUPS WITHOUT PROPER SCREENING….IF THEY ARE USED…THEN THEY SHOULD BE USED 3 MILES OUT FROM THE CENTER OF THE “STAGE.” IN THE 3 MILE SECURITY RING…AND SUPPLEMENTED WITH COVERT AGENTS…OTHERWISE…YOU MAY REGREAT YOUR LACK OF SECURITY CONSCIENCE….TO THE “DEATH.”

          12. Tiger says:

            These guys are all over our country, they do good works. They have clubs everywhere and I have seen them in Jacksonville Florida protect our soldiers funerals along with vets and active military.

            I trust them for the most part they take care of their own and know who is who. Anything is possible just as there could be good guys planted among the protesters with some gas bombs of their own or drones that could fly over these massive crowds and drop some gas on them. In this day and age anything is possible.

            However these people forget O can’t protect them anymore, threaten our police and let them get away with looting and rioting, Trump the boss now and Law enforcement know it. This will be their first taste of getting their asses kicked if they act out.

      2. Askjrsk says:

        Be cateful

    2. Tiger says:

      Trump won get over it. His agenda will go through because it is what we the people want and you the people lost. Who is tied to Russia and their puppet where was your outrage on this.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsFR8DbSRQE

      1. bobnstuff says:

        I just said that I liked what I heard from Mattis and that I believed he could do the job and you are jumping on me? Nattis will not be a yes man, he’s smart and knows today’s military. I just hope Trump listens to this man. He looks much better then the press would have lead us to believe.

        1. Tiger says:

          Well sounded like you are an Obama new soldier. Big difference between you new guys who love O and us old dogs who served in these two wars, know the score and can’t stand the ground he walks on. Trump will listen to reason.

          1. bobnstuff says:

            I hope and pray the Trump listens to reason. He has said many things that are in fact unreasonable. So far the people who he is bringing into his government are being reasonable in their statements. They really aren’t echoing Trumps statements. I’m a little fearful of his choice to head the department of education, it sure looks like a pay to play to me but since that department has little real power it may make no difference.

            Many people seem to think that we are not building the military, they seem to believe that there have been large cuts in spending. That just isn’t the truth. Go look at our spending on new systems, look at the size of the total budget for the military and you will see a totally different story. As I have said now a number of times I believe Mattis understands what the facts of the matters are and will do his job.

          2. Tiger says:

            We totally disagree, nothing he has said is unreasonable and the people he is bringing in are on his side not O’s and the old agenda. His choice for Department of Education is great, this new education is out. Real education back in.

            I am well aware of what Obama has done to our military I am a vet and this is one of the reasons I hate the man and want him shot for Treason. Oh yeh Trump and Mattis understand the enemy and Mattis knows what O has done in our military. He is not going to continue with O’s agenda.

            O is gone, his people are gone , his lying is over, his abuse of our country is done.

          3. bobnstuff says:

            So you believe that repaying a large donor with a cabinet post is OK. This women has zero back ground in public education, zero. You dislike what Obama has done for the military. How many body bags came home yesterday? How about the day before? How fast is Obama to put our military in harms way? Do you think Trump will be that slow to send troops out to be killed? When the VA wasn’t doing it’s job Obama offered private healthcare as an alternative. As far as treason you had better not look to close at Trump.

          4. Tiger says:

            You are full of shit and I am through with you I have the stats that show that more men killed downrange in Afghanistan under O than in all the years of Bush.

            O put our military in harms way by sending them to fight Ebola and that is not in our Military Mission statement. O put our entire country in harms way with his refugee program, Iran Deal and with the Open borders. O put our troops in harms way by sending 3,500 or them to Poland of late and O is the very one who took down the Shields over the Slavic countries. O puts our Troops in harms way daily by not allowing them to fight he changed the Rules of Engagement and the last remaining Commander of Seal Team Six just wrote a book to that very subject the layers that they have to go through to fight back the enemy downrange and he says there are 15 that go right up to the WH. They lost an entire Platoon due to this.

            O offered nothing to the VA and nobody was fired they are still there getting their bonuses.

            You are a sickening Liberal filthy stupid lying scumbag. Good bye and you post to me again and I will block you.

          5. bobnstuff says:

            How many service men died in the line of duty last year? You really must get your news from face book.

            The head of the VA lost his job in 2014, there is a major restructuring going on that started two years ago. One of the big problems is to many disabled vets, the system was never designed for this type of volume. We just had two wars where you can see just how far the medical world has come as far as saving live in battle.

            Problems with the VA go back a long way, I mean hundreds of years in fact. Bush had his problems just like Obama.
            http://www.mediaite.com/tv/oreilly-rove-get-heated-over-va-mismanagement-under-bush-admin/

            Obama has had to fight congress for funding for the VA. It seems the republicans like seeding people to war but not taking care of them once they are home.
            http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/19356/how-1-4-billion-in-budget-cuts-will-impact-veterans/

            We still keep increasing the budget for the VA though under Obama.
            http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/fact-check/2014/05/23/az-fact-check-obama-va-funding-increases/9464699/

            Funding was as follows:

            2009:$97.7 billion;

            2010:$127.2 billion;

            2011: $125.5 billion;

            2012: $126.8 billion;

            2013: $139.1 billion;

            2014: $153.8 billion;

            2015: $163.9 billion.

            I work with a lot of Vets, mostly Vietnam vets and in our area things are just fine, the service is good by all reports.

            How do you think the republicans have been doing for the Vets. If you check the record they like to talk a lot but when it come to actions they don’t gave a damn.

            http://usuncut.com/politics/happy-veterans-day-5-times-republicans-in-congress-screwed-veterans/

            Our New President love Vets, at least some vets. He did raise funds for them and keep those funds safe until he was made to give them away.

          6. Tiger says:

            Don’t know who wrote this but asked to spread it. I know you buttheads don’t like facts just your FAKE news but here are the FACTS.

            nteresting point that without California Hillary was badly beaten in the popular vote as well as the Electoral College count.

            We hear a cacophony of blaring and bleating from the media and the
            Hillary gaggle that she won the popular vote and therefore she should be
            president,

            ​60,839,497 to 60,265,847. 47.8% to 47,3% with the remaining 4.9% going to the other candidates.

            But here are the facts:

            Trump won the popular vote in 31 states to her 19 and DC. 62% to her 38%.

            Trump led in the total popular vote for all states except California.

            Hillary won California 5,860,714 to Trump’s 3,151,821. 61.6% to 33.1% exclusive of the other candidates.

            Thus California gave Hillary the popular vote for all states as claimed by the Democrats and their media stooges.

            But deduct her California vote from her national vote leaving her with
            54,978,783, and deduct Trump’s California vote from his national total,
            leaving him with 57,113.976, he wins in a landslide in the other 49
            states, 51.3% to her 48.7%.

            So, in effect, Hillary was elected president of California and

            Trump was elected president of the rest of the country by a substantial margin.

            This exemplifies the wisdom of the Electoral College, to prevent the
            vote of any one populace state from overriding the vote of the others.

            Trump’s Campaign Manager, Kellyanne Conway, whose expertise is polling,
            saw this early on and devised her strategy of “6 pathways to the White
            House”.

            This meant ignoring California with its huge Democrat majority and going
            after the states that would give him the necessary electoral votes to
            win, FL, NC, MI, PA, OH, and WI.

            At its lowest point since the civil war! Could this mean the end of the Democrat Party? When the afternoon of January 20, 2017 arrives, the Republican Party will have:

            1) The Presidency.

            2) A majority of the House of Representatives.

            3) A majority of the Senate.

            4) Almost two-thirds of all the governor-ships.

            5) Total control of the statehouses in almost two-thirds of all the states.

            And in the near future, Republicans will be able to add:

            6) A majority of the Supreme Court.

          7. Tiger says:

            From the article it is over and Matiis isn’t going to continue any of this.

            30)
            Looking past all his civilian aides to order a Marine to hold an
            umbrella over his head like a butler for an entire speech at the Rose
            Garden, in violation of military regulations.

            29) Forcing race-baiting class warfare propaganda, extreme PC “sensitivity” measures, and Gay Pride Month on soldiers.

            28) Taking credit for the success of the surge he opposed in Iraq.

            27) Taking credit for the success of the interrogation policies he opposed that located Osama bin Laden.

            26) Skipping the funeral of the highest-ranking officer to be killed on
            foreign soil in over 40 years (Major-General Harold J. Greene), to play
            golf.

            25) Smearing veterans as potential domestic terrorists.

            24) Trying to make wounded veterans cover their own medical treatment
            through private health insurance plans, which would inevitably end up
            increasing their out-of-pocket costs.

            23) Blaming our troops for the Taliban attacking them…for everything
            from objecting to pedophilia and advocating women’s rights, to not
            wearing latex gloves while handling Korans and walking in front of
            Muslims while they are praying.

            22) Rushing in to misrepresent the Ft. Hood massacre that killed 13
            soldiers (one whom was pregnant) as mere “workplace violence.”

            21) Giving captured terrorists at Gitmo (who are drenched in soldiers’
            blood) a $750,000 soccer field, cable TV, entertainment, classes in
            painting, etc., while stripping away benefits for soldiers at every
            turn.

            20) Ordering federal agencies to make the sequester cuts as painful as
            possible for the American people, which ended up cutting tuition
            assistance for soldiers and increasing other college costs for the Armed
            Forces across the board.

            19) Denying veterans from all over the country access to the WWII
            Memorial in Washington over a staged government shutdown while allowing
            illegal immigrants to hold a political rally on closed federal grounds.

            18) Cutting military health care benefits and pensions while increasing
            spending on unionized federal bureaucrats (Obama voters).

            17) Ignoring a former Marine frivolously imprisoned in Mexico on trumped up weapons charges.

            16) Using soldiers to help a terror-sponsoring dictator fight off outraged civilian protesters.

            15) Purging the military of oath-keeping constitutionalists.

            14) Imposing draconian cuts to the things we are actually supposed to be
            spending tax dollars on under the Constitution (like the military),
            while exploding spending on things the Federal Government has no
            authority to even be involved in, like Obama’s trillion-dollar health
            care takeover.

            13) Silencing and criminalizing Christianity in the military.

            12) Banning time-proven interrogation techniques and insisting on
            treating foreign terrorists as mere common criminals to be tried in
            American courts, as civilians.

            11) Suppressing military votes.

            10) Imposing ludicrous rules of engagement on our troops that have needlessly gotten many soldiers killed.

            9) Appeasing our enemies, backing down after drawing “red lines” in the
            sand, betraying our allies, and dismantling our missile defenses…all of
            which needlessly endangers our troops.

            8) Cutting troops down to pre-WWII levels, and then allowing illegal immigrants into the military.

            7) Allowing veterans to die on secret waiting lists at VA hospitals all
            over the country, after being warned about the manipulated numbers and
            obscene delays in care (welcome to ‘universal health care’) back in
            2008.

            6) Abandoning three decorated veterans and a U.S. ambassador to be
            dragged through the streets and tortured to death by bloodthirsty
            Islamic savages in Benghazi, and then falsely blaming it on Americans
            having the right to disagree with Islam in public.

            5) Releasing numerous terrorists back onto the streets so they could
            return and attack our soldiers, including one who ended up becoming the
            leader of ISIS.

            4) Releasing five major terrorist leaders to appease the Taliban into releasing one America-hating deserter.

            3) Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq while handing
            Afghanistan back to the Islamic fundamentalists who facilitated 9/11
            (the Taliban).

            2) Openly funding and arming Islamic terrorists.

            1) Endlessly trampling the Constitution that soldiers are sworn to
            defend and attacking the rights they fight, bleed, and die to protect.

            That’s a long list — and it doesn’t even include the “latte salute.”

          8. Askjrsk says:

            You just waste time . Do not give sources. I have been told ends up being removed when trolls report.

          9. Tiger says:

            True but I put things up so anyone reading can see the truth.

      2. Askjrsk says:

        Absolutely no doubt. Bobbit Lorena missed like to argue. Waste of time energy. Just wants To spout off his narrative he managed a Dominoes and bycycle shop he claims made WSJ front page. Impressed? No record of WSJ. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP
        January 20, 2017

        1. Tiger says:

          They sure are showing their ignorance and their hate for the rest of us. We are permanently divided. Communist/Socialist vs our Republic. Not going to come together. Got tickled now they are tying Comey to the Russians and Trump. LOLOL

          1. Askjrsk says:

            Absolutely

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