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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

Mattis jabs Trump in comedic address; critics say former secretary should go further

For the last year, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has taken heat for his reluctance to directly criticize President Donald Trump, especially after he resigned from the position in protest …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 10:11 p.m.

Ex-Pentagon chief Mattis says bitter politics threaten U.S.

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warns in a book excerpt of the bitter political divisions that seem to be tearing apart American society, echoing themes he often cited before he …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 2:38 p.m.

Mattis returning to research role at Stanford think tank

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is announcing that former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will join the public policy think tank to research and write about domestic and international security …


Mattis for president? Grass-roots campaign takes root on Richland official’s lawn

A Richland city councilman thinks native son Jim Mattis would make a terrific governor or even president. Phil Lemley hopes his neighbors will help push a grassroots campaign to encourage …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 6:08 p.m.

Taliban target Mattis’ plane at Kabul airport; woman killed

The Taliban unleashed a barrage of rockets at the Kabul international airport on Wednesday in a brazen attack that the insurgents said targeted the plane of visiting U.S. Secretary of …


How Trump’s advisers schooled him on globalism

On a sweltering Washington summer day, President Donald Trump’s motorcade pulled up to the Pentagon for a meeting largely billed as a briefing on the Afghanistan conflict and the fight …


Mattis’ message: U.S. is not intimidated by North Korea

He inspected a mock-up nuclear warhead, but there was no Kim Jong Un lookalike posing for photographs. He chatted with nuclear missile launch officers in their underground command post, but …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 5:16 p.m.

Defense chief says U.S. must keep all 3 parts of nuclear force

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday he has become convinced that the United States must keep all three parts of its nuclear force, rather than eliminate one, as he once …


U.S. begins sending additional troops to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has begun sending additional troops to Afghanistan to carry out President Donald Trump’s new war strategy, which will stick to his predecessor’s approach of supporting the Afghans’ fight …


Pentagon to study Trump’s ban on transgender personnel in military

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis says the Pentagon won’t change its policy of allowing transgender people to serve in the U.S. military until he receives recommendations from a panel that …


Pentagon chief, in Baghdad, says militants are ‘on the run’

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday he is confident that U.S.-backed Iraqi forces will finish off the Islamic State militants clinging to strongholds that are shrinking in size and …


Deadline looming for military to start accepting transgender recruits

Conservative activists are calling for Defense Secretary James Mattis to reverse policy on transgender people in the U.S. military. Mattis is facing a decision about whether to open the door …


Ruth Marcus: Just one week shows something isn’t right

Greg Gianforte’s attack is simply a well-documented illustration of this larger ill. The events of a single week serve to underscore the gravity of the malady.


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 8:22 p.m.

Amid Raqqa, Mosul fights, U.S. prepares for IS endgame effort

The United States is looking ahead toward a decisive battleground in its bid to destroy the Islamic State group, even as U.S.-backed local forces must still finish the fight for …


Pentagon tries to ease Turkey’s concerns with arming Kurds

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made clear Thursday that America is committed to protecting Turkey after angering its NATO ally with a deal to arm anti-Islamic State fighters in Syria …


Trudy Rubin: 100 days of foreign policy confusion

Friends and foes are already catching on to Trump’s mode of foreign operations. Rather than hail him as a tough operator, they view his flip-flops as proof he doesn’t know …


UPDATED: Fri., April 21, 2017, 11:55 a.m.

Defense Secretary Mattis: Syria still has chemical weapons

Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in Israel on Friday, warning against the banned munitions being used again.


Mattis withdraws Patterson as choice for Defense undersecretary for policy

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary James Mattis has withdrawn retired senior diplomat Anne W. Patterson as his choice for undersecretary for policy after the White House indicated unwillingness to fight what …


UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 8:19 a.m.

Trudy Rubin: Diplomacy can’t be waved off

In the words of the former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and Iraq Ryan Crocker: “You can get it quick or you can get it right.”


Trudy Rubin: Foreign policy battle at White House

There are glaring the glaring contradictions between the uber-nationalist views of President Trump and those of the foreign policy team he’s appointed.


Charles Krauthammer: Two-track foreign policy might work

It’s classic good-cop, bad-cop: The secretaries represent foreign policy continuity but their boss preaches America First. Message: Shape up.


U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled …


Defense Secretary Mattis: U.S. will stay in Iraq a while

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday he believes U.S. forces will be in Iraq and in the fight against Islamic State militants for a while, despite some rocky times …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 8:04 p.m.

Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year’s end or the Trump administration will …


Defense Secretary Mattis makes 1st trip to Asia; North Korea plans unclear

Other than a tweet, President Donald Trump hasn’t said how he’ll stop North Korea from threatening America with a nuclear weapon. And as his Pentagon chief visits key allies in …


Trump: Mattis’ view on torture will override his own beliefs

President Donald Trump said Friday that his defense secretary’s opposition to torture would override his own belief that enhanced interrogation “does work,” quietly giving ground after growing public concern about …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 10:10 p.m.

Senate confirms Mattis and Kelly to national security posts, but other Trump Cabinet nominees will wait

The Senate confirmed the first of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees Friday evening, his picks for two major national security posts, but the rest may have to wait days or weeks …


Congress clears legislation allowing Mattis to run Pentagon

Congress approved legislation Friday that allows retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to run the Pentagon in the Trump administration.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 7:53 p.m.

Trump’s Cabinet nominees keep contradicting him

Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees, in their first round of confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill, have one after another contradicted the president-elect on key issues, promising to trim back or disregard …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 6:36 p.m.

Trump’s Pentagon pick cruises toward likely confirmation

Retired Gen. James Mattis, poised to become the first career military officer in charge of the Pentagon since the 1950s, said Thursday he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying …