President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for Secretary of Defense, according to people familiar with the decision who spoke with Dan Lamothe at The Washington Post.
An official announcement is expected early next week, the Post reported.
Neither Mattis nor a spokesperson for Trump could immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.
After Trump met with Mattis more than a week ago, most defense watchers believed the retired Marine general was the top pick to lead the Pentagon. The President-elect described Mattis, 66, as “very impressive” and said he was “seriously considering” him for the position.
Trump later had an off-the-record meeting with media executives and on-air personalities, in which he said “he believes it is time to have someone from the military as secretary of defense,” according to Politico. Other Republicans and many D.C. insiders also offered praise for Mattis, though he would require a congressional waiver to serve as Defense Secretary since he has not been out of uniform for the statutorily required seven years.
Mattis faced plenty of competition along the way, which included retired Army Gen. Jack Keane, former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.), and others. Keane reportedly declined Trump’s offer to serve at the Pentagon, but recommended Mattis for the position.
A number of defense secretaries who served during the Obama administration have criticized President Obama for supposed “micromanagement.” Even Mattis himself was reportedly forced into early retirement by the White House due to his hawkish views on Iran, according to Tom Ricks at Foreign Policy.
If confirmed, Mattis would oversee roughly 3 million military and civilian personnel and face myriad challenges, from the ongoing fight against ISIS and China’s moves in the South China Sea to the ongoing stress on the military imposed by sequestration.
He may also end up dealing with a nuclear-armed North Korea, and Russia is very likely to test limits in eastern Europe. The secretary will also need to reinvigorate a military plagued by low morale.
The former four-star general retired in 2013 after leading Marines for 44 years. His last post was with US Central Command, the Tampa, Florida-based unified command tasked with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as more than two-dozen other countries.
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Obama’s Political Comeback Comes To Screeching Halt After Air Force Officer Exposes What He Did SEALs
After nearly 6 years of silence, a highly decorated Air Force officer is coming forward with the truth about the deadliest attack on Navy SEALS in U.S. history that took place in 2011. This officer claims that Obama was not only responsible for the death of these men, but then covered up what really happened to 38 of our warriors in Afghanistan when a Chinook helicopter crashed and killed everyone on board. She claims that had it not been for the sick thing Obama did to protect the lives of these Muslim terrorists, our men would still be alive today.
To give you a full appreciation for the absolute atrocity and borderline treason that went down that fateful day on August 6, 2011, at the hands of Barack Hussein Obama, Retired Air Force Capt. Joni Marquez is telling her story first hand. She and her crew were working the dark morning hours on their AC-130 gunship when they were summoned to conduct a mission she describes “as almost like a 9-1-1 type of a situation.”
The gunship was ordered to fly close-in air support above Afghanistan’s dangerous Tangi Valley, in Wardak Province, assisting troops with the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment who were being fired on by eight heavily armed Taliban insurgents.
The Rangers had called in for assault helicopters to engage the enemy hiding among the rocky valley. The air weapons team fired on the Taliban fighters, but not all of the insurgents were killed as originally believed.
In her first interview since the incident, Marquez recounts what she witnessed that night as she was the fire control officer aboard the ship. Her job that night was to ensure the sensors on the weapons were aligned so that the her crew could hone in on the terrorists’ targets:
“I had the sensor operators immediately shift to the eight insurgents the helicopters had taken out,” Marquez told Circa. “Two were still alive.”
But what should’ve been a routine mission to take out the terrorists never happened because Obama’s generals would not give the gunship permission to fire. She relayed the scene to the ground force commander but was denied permission to neutralize the threat.
“We had seen two of them (insurgents) moving, crawling away from the area, as to not really make a whole lot of scene. You have two enemy forces that are still alive,” she said. “Permission to engage.”
Marquez went on to say that the ground commander’s refusal to allow her crew to take out the two terrorists with their weapons would then seal the fate of those involved in Extortion 17.
Now with no way to take out the threat, Marquez and her team were left with little options other than tracking the two enemy insurgents with the surveillance equipment. She watched helplessly as they made their way through an open field, then to a village where they began to rally more terrorists to join the fight. Circa went on:
Meanwhile, a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, with the call sign Extortion 17, was called into the hours-long firefight.
U.S. Central Command’s official investigation concluded that a rocket-launched grenade from a Taliban fighter hit the Chinook and sent the helicopter into a downward spin. The crash killed all 38, including thirty Americans and eight Afghans. Seventeen of the U.S. servicemen were Navy SEALs. Months before, SEALs were made famous for the killing of Osama bin Laden.
“If we would’ve been allowed to engage that night, we would’ve taken out those two men immediately,” Marquez said. She believes with her whole heart that had her team been given permission to take out the terrorists, 38 warriors would still be alive today.
“They continued to essentially gain more and more force behind them because they just kept knocking on doors,” she said. “And the two personnel that initially fled ended up becoming a group of 12 people.”
What’s even more insane is that pleas and warnings from her crew to return the Chinook back to base and cancel the mission before the terrorists began firing just fell on deaf ears by the commanders.
“Whenever we reached out to the Joint Operations Center, they would essentially just push back with, ‘Find a, a good infill location. Find a good helicopter landing zone,’” said Marquez, adding that by the time Extortion 17 was coming in, everything was mired in confusion.
From there, things just got even worse. The Chinook was eventually shot down by the terrorists and crashed to the ground. Marquez watched from her infared monitor as one of the Navy SEALS was then ejected from the burning Chinook helicopter. She watched his heat signature fade from red to blue, knowing that she was watching as his life literally slipped away from his body.
“We had to sit and watch that, and I think that was one of the hardest things that I had to do,” she said. “That man was, you know, dying on the ground.” Marquez says the pain of living with what happened has taken its toll and she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and is in therapy.
Her account of that fateful day has been corroborated by the Defense Department inspector general in a previously sealed top-secret report. Her own commander also has verified the story as true.
“If we would’ve been allowed to engage that night, we would’ve taken out those two men immediately. I mean, it’s just one of those things where you know that it could’ve all been prevented,” she said, tearing up at times as she recollected that night.
Thirty-eight of our warriors are dead and there is one single person to blame, and that is Barack Hussein Obama, the treasonous POS who sent these warriors straight to their deaths that night. It was because of HIS asinine updates to our military’s rules of engagement back in 2009 that essentially gave precedence to the lives of Muslim terrorists over our own military forces.
“Ridiculous rules of engagement that basically state that you can’t shoot until being shot upon. A weapon has to be pointed, and essentially fired at you, in order for you to shoot and you have the proper clearance so that you don’t, you know, go to jail, that you’re charged with a war crime,” said Marquez, who had reached out to Congress, and some of the victims’ families.
In the end, Marquez hopes that people will share her story and help expose the truth of what happened that night in the hopes that changes will be made to our military’s rules of engagement that will save lives in the future.
Look What BIG Dem Just Went Into Hiding After What Was Found On Dead Body Pulled From Potomac River
Ever since Trump got into office, liberals continue to prove how far they’re willing go in order to bury their dirty secrets. Members of the DNC will simply kill off whoever stands in the way of their agenda. Now the dead body of a federal agent was just pulled from the Potomac River on Wednesday, with a startling tie to the infamous queen of murder, Hillary Clinton.
It’s truly startling the massive trail of dead bodies that keep accumulating around Hillary Clinton, as this crooked swamp wench will simply kill off anyone who gets a little too cozy with her secrets. Now another State employee by the name of Kurt Smolek is dead, and his possible ties to PizzaGate and Hillary’s child traffic ring is starting to be questioned. Up until 2015, Smolek had worked for the Hillary Clinton State Dept in Cambodia as an OSAC Diplomatic Security Agent.
Cambodia is a country that is infamous for their human trafficking, child sex trafficking, and child sex tourism. The location where Smolek was stationed was a hot spot of this type of illegal activity, and it’s possible that he had been privy to some damning information on Hillary Clinton. While it can’t be confirmed exactly if Smolek had dirt on Hillary Clinton, one investigator by the name of George Webb is putting the pieces together as he searches for clues in Washington D.C. where Smolek’s body was pulled from the river. His website Webb stated:
“Yet another State employee is found mysteriously dead, his body pulled from the Potomac after being reported missing. This is related to PizzaGate as possible ties to the child trafficking and the criminals behind the numerous email and fraud related ‘mysterious deaths’. There are clear links to overseas child trafficking hotspots, recent mysterious deaths related to the DNC / Clinton / email scandals, links to Clinton’s state dept.”
Just like Shaun Lucas and Seth Rich who died under mysterious circumstances after getting too close to Hillary and the DNC’s dirty secrets, Whisenant’s life has just come to an abrupt end. His body was just found washed up on a beach in Hollywood, Florida, and investigators have absolutely no explanation for how he wound up dead from trauma to the head.
“The body of a federal prosecutor has been found on a Florida beach with possible head trauma.
Hollywood police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman said Thursday that the body of 37-year-old Beranton J. Whisenant Jr. was found early Wednesday by a passerby on the city’s beach. She said detectives are trying to determine if the death was a homicide, suicide or something else.”
What’s even more chilling is that information that’s currently being put together by investigative journalist George Webb is currently being scrubbed from the internet. As soon as news of untimely and mysterious death hit the news on Wedneday, investigators began piecing together what they knew on a blog-type website called voat.co, where registered members can submit text posts and direct links. But strangely, a huge chunk of what these internet sleuths began to dig up suddenly vanished.
“We started this thread last night…why was it deleted?” user Jem777 said, who has dug up many clues about the mysterious pizzagate scandal.
“I am resending this as my last post was deleted by mods,” user RedGreenAlliane said before re-posting all the links to the investigation.
It will be interesting to see what other information comes from Kurt Smolek’s death. What did this man truly know about Hillary Clinton? Did he know something through his time in Cambodia related to the infamous Pizza gate child trafficking ring? We’ll keep you updated as soon as more clues are put together by these fearless investigators!
Here’s A Look At Our Military’s New Weapon Systems
Some badass firepower!
President Trump had promised to build a strong military during his candidacy and has followed through with it as president. However, most people are unaware of what our military has done in the past few years. So here is a list of the currently available new weapons systems.
Boeing’s High Energy Laser (HEL) is sometimes referred to as a “death ray on wheels”. The Army’s new laser has already been “successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars.”
The Army’s Advanced Test High Energy Asset (ATHENA) uses a 30-kilowatt laser that has shown the ability to shoot down a drone.
This weapons system is being used by the Navy as a defensive weapon on a ship that will “shoot down incoming missiles, drones, boats and other potential threats.” It will eventually be a 150 kilowatt weapon that will be eventually placed on a destroyer or aircraft carrier.
The High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) is a laser weapon designed for use by the Air Force “to defend against surface-to-air threats” such as enemy aircraft, surface-to-air missiles, and rockets.
The Laser Identification through Scattering and Beam Recognition (LITSABR) is defensive weapon designed to detect laser beams being projected by enemy forces.
It should be noted that lasers are viewed as so important that members of congress have asked the military to get them into the field – faster.
The Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile (CHAMP), is a non-lethal missile that projects a microwave pulse that effectively acts as an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP). The EMP will shut down all computers and electronics within its range.
The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) is designed to serve the Army, Marines, and Navy. It is “equipped to allow for laser, millimeter-wave and thermal targeting systems to be installed.”
This is a 40 mm guided missile designed to be launched from a grenade launcher that can reach up to 1.2 miles.
This is a 12 pound, 22 inch long, laser-guided missile designed to be launched from a drone at enemy ground forces and equipment.
Bombs and Projectiles
“This new technology makes it possible for any larger gun to fire shells that can be programmed to explode with pinpoint accuracy, either before, above or inside a target.”
This 208 pound, 70 inch long all-weather laser-guided bomb that can travel up to 40 miles.
The railgun is designed for ships to launch projectiles electromagnetically (rather than by traditional means) at speeds greater than 4,500 mph (about Mach 6 or six times the speed of sound) to targets more than 100 miles away.
Weapons and Weapon Systems
Also known as the Typhoon Weapon System, this is a 25-mm machine gun installed for ship self-defense to counter High Speed Maneuvering Surface Targets (aka “fast boats”).
And finally, the
The Carl Gustav is an 84 mm man-portable reusable anti-tank recoilless rifle. It becomes a shoulder-fired rocket launcher if a post-firing booster is added. This weapon is designed to be used against both personnel and tanks.
Welcome the 21st Century and our U.S. Armed Forces.
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