Mattis Tells Army at AUSA Forum to “Stand Ready” if diplomacy fails with North Korea
Secretary of Defense James Mattis spoke at the Army’s AUSA Forum on Monday in Washington DC. Readiness for anything that might go wrong with the diplomatic process regarding North Korea was his theme, according to the Free Beacon.
One question was raised after his speech: “What can the U.S. military do to lessen the likelihood of conflict on the Korean peninsula?”
“It is right now a diplomatically, economic-sanctions-buttressed effort to try and turn North Korea off of this path. What does the future hold? Neither you nor I can say…
There is one thing the U.S. Army can do, and that is you have to be ready to ensure we have military options that our president can deploy if needed. The international community has spoken, but that means the U.S. Army must stand ready…So if you’re ready, that’s your duty at this point and time, and I know the Army will always do its duty.” Secretary of Defense James Mattis
Mattis also thanked allies who have stood with the US through the decades.
Defense News reported,
“There is a belief among experts that North Korea will attempt some kind of launch or detonation late Monday, timed around a local holiday. As of publication, weather reports show non-ideal conditions for a launch, which may delay whatever show of force is being considered from Pyongyang.
In contrast to some of the president’s tweets, Mattis’ comments represent a fairly regular baseline of the North Korea situation — that diplomacy has the lead, with the military ready to back it up.”
Our country has been unsuccessfully dealing with North Korea for 25 years, giving billions of dollars & getting nothing. Policy didn’t work!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2017
The Secretary reminded the audience that nations would rather deal with diplomats than the Army.
“What we want to do is be so ready and be very much aware that we fight the way we come, that everybody in the world wants to deal with Secretary Tillerson and the Department of State, not the Department of Defense and the United States Army.” Secretary James Mattis
The AUSA – Association of the United States Army- is the “largest land power exhibition and personal development forum” held in North America. It is held every October.
In 1999, Donald Trump was interviewed by Tim Russert regarding North Korea. It’s an interesting video that reveals the President has been consistent regarding his views on North Korea for a long time.