Secretary of Defense James Mattis, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee this week, described an action taken in Syria to eliminate Russian mercenaries. Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey framed it perfectly:
Come for the authentic Mattisism. Stick around for the careful discipline. https://t.co/m9iuZXR9oY
— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) April 27, 2018
— HotAir.com (@hotairblog) April 27, 2018
Mattis doesn’t beat around the bush at all:
Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the U.S. has a deconfliction line with Russia to ensure that the two countries can communicate in order to avoid direct conflict with one another in Syria. He said that a group of “irregular forces” were in conflict with U.S. forces, and once it was ascertained that those forces were not Russian regulars, Mattis directed a counterattack.
“The Russian high command in Syria assured us it was not their people, and my direction to the chairman was for the force, then, to be annihilated,” Mattis said. “And it was.”
Here’s the video:
Mattis on Russian Mercenaries in Syria: I Ordered Their Annihilation pic.twitter.com/ianJra6W87
— Ryan Saavedra ?? (@RealSaavedra) April 26, 2018
Well, there it is.
A lot of people won’t be able to handle the truth…
— Philip Franz Seitz (@seitzpf) April 27, 2018
Mattis tells it straight that he ordered the annihilation of troops attacking US forces back in February.
And he didn’t mince words and he would do it again. https://t.co/8A6dLrlGvm
— Vets Against USAA(2) (@stopusaa2) April 27, 2018
— #MAGA Johan ?? (@jschneiter) April 27, 2018
Russians mercenaries attack US forces in Syria. Russian high command said that they were not Russian forces. Mattis then ordered their annihilation.
— Pale_Primate (@PALE_Primate) April 27, 2018
— ?? Mike England ?? (@mike03car) April 26, 2018