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Defense secretary nominee James Mattis on Thursday ranked Russia and the national debt as top threats to U.S. national security and said that President Obamaâ€™s nuclear deal with Iran was â€œimperfectâ€ but must be enforced.
â€œItâ€™s not a deal I would have signed,â€ the retired Marine general said in a wide-ranging Senate Armed Services Committee hearing focused on his virtually certain confirmation. â€œBut when America gives her word, we have to live up to it and work with our allies.â€
During a three-hour appearance before lawmakers who rarely challenged him, Mattis repeatedly criticized Russia, promised that President-elect Donald Trump would enforce NATOâ€™s automatic mutual-defense agreement, and said he had no plans to roll back the role of women or LGBTQ Americans in the military. He also put some distance between himself and his frequently cited nickname, â€œMad Dog,â€ which he is known to loathe when used by people other than Marines who served under him in combat.
â€œI assure you that nickname was given to me by the press, and some of you may have experienced similar occasions with the press where perhaps they did not get it quite right,â€ Mattis said to approving chuckles from his audience.
Nice to see a better close-up, of you, Blurtman ;)
Back to the topic at hand: I 'm not sure that it was the Deep State that was in favor of the Iran nuclear deal. In fact, I think the Deep State was very much against it.
I'm surmising that the expression Deep State will soon be a common all-purpose put-down being used to mean whatever the speaker wants it to mean. For me, Obama is not Deep State, although Obama has been unfortunately influenced by DS. Hillary Clinton and neocons are definitely Deep State, and deeply in bed with the MI Complex, the security apparatus and the banksters.
More DS-BS to come, undoubtedly.
Hillary Clinton and neocons are definitelyu Deep State
McCain is definitely Deep State.