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Mattis defends U.S. efforts to prevent civilian casualties in Yemen
Washington Post ^ | December 29th 2017 | Dan Lamothe

Posted on 01/01/2018 11:24:00 AM PST by Ennis85

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis gave a full-throated defense Friday of U.S. efforts to prevent civilian casualties in the conflict in Yemen, making the case that without American involvement, there would be more.

Mattis, speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, said that “it’s a tragedy every time” a civilian dies, but that the United States is held to a high standard when it comes to preventing civilian fatalities.

“We are being held to a standard – ‘we’ being us and anyone associated with us – that has never been achieved before in warfare,” he said.

The comments came after two separate airstrikes on Dec. 26 by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen killed dozens of people and prompted a rebuke from a top United Nations official in the country. Initial U.N. reports said that at least 54 civilians, including eight children, were killed in a strike on a crowded market, and an additional 14 people from one family were killed in a bombing on a farm.

The United States does not drop bombs as a part of the Saudi-led air war against the Houthis, but provides aerial refueling to Saudi jets, shares intelligence to improve their targeting and attempts to teach Saudi pilots how to be more accurate. Mattis bristled Friday when a reporter suggested that the effort isn’t working, saying “that’s your call.”

Asked whether he was “okay” with the current level of civilian casualties, the defense secretary grew stern.

“I’m never okay with any civilian casualty,” he said. “Don’t screw with me on this.”

The U.S. military’s handling of civilian casualties has remained in question in several war zones in which the U.S. military operates, especially as it touts the campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as the most precise in world history.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airstrikes; mattis; saudi; war; yemen

1 posted on 01/01/2018 11:24:00 AM PST by Ennis85
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To: Ennis85

Sounds like the specious “duty to defend” that Obama/Hillary used as an excuse to topple Libya.


2 posted on 01/01/2018 11:26:12 AM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here of Citizen Parents-Know Islam, No Peace-No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: Ennis85
“Don’t screw with me on this.”

LOL. Long overdue. Time to go after the reporters.

3 posted on 01/01/2018 11:26:22 AM PST by Cowboy Bob
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To: Ennis85

Who the Saudis kill is on them.


4 posted on 01/01/2018 11:26:22 AM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: Ennis85
"The U.S. military’s handling of civilian casualties has remained in question in several war zones in which the U.S. military operates"

You know what should be called into question? That American troops are put into environments where civilians and enemies are identical, knowing that if in the split second decision to save their lives, they might rot in jail forever for inadvertently wasting a civilian.

5 posted on 01/01/2018 11:38:04 AM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Flag burners can go screw -- I'm mighty PROUD of that ragged old flag)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Punk ass “reporters”, I hope he keeps shoving it back down their throats!


6 posted on 01/01/2018 11:38:43 AM PST by Az Joe (Gloria in excelsis Deo)
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To: Cowboy Bob

This guy is awesome!


7 posted on 01/01/2018 11:39:02 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Benedict McCain is the worst traitor ever to wear the uniform of the US military.)
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To: Ennis85
“I’m never okay with any civilian casualty,” he said. “Don’t screw with me on this.”

No comment, really, I just wanted to read that again.

8 posted on 01/01/2018 11:40:22 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill
Thanks for posting. That makes two of us.

I love that guy. :-)

9 posted on 01/01/2018 11:55:34 AM PST by Fast Moving Angel (It is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.)
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To: Ennis85

The more I experience, watch, read and see from this administration, the more I’m torn between why the Left, MSM, UN, most of the worlds leadership and Democratic politicians hate him so much.

Obviously, one reason is because he won and she didn’t. I think the other being, that he and the people he has working with him, talk straight. They tend no to beat around the bush. They tell it like it is, like he does. They can give straight forward answers and back up what the say.

So, basically, they’re all a YUGE bunch of snowflakes that can’t handle being talked to like adults, instead of the children they prove themselves to be.


10 posted on 01/01/2018 12:15:45 PM PST by qaz123
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To: Lurkinanloomin

Yes it does. Let the Saudis kill as many as they can. It is the only way to beat the goat f*ckers. Worse Mattis a USMC product and knows what was done tp beat Japan into submission.


11 posted on 01/01/2018 12:24:05 PM PST by robowombat
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Not civilians but enemy non combatants. There are no goat fornicator civilians.


12 posted on 01/01/2018 12:27:33 PM PST by robowombat
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

There are no civilians or noncombatants in Yemen.

Yemenis that are warm and breathing are either shooting, reloading or carrying ammo and water.


13 posted on 01/01/2018 1:18:08 PM PST by gandalftb
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To: gandalftb

And chewing khat.


14 posted on 01/01/2018 1:20:26 PM PST by little jeremiah (Half the truth is often a great lie. B. Franklin)
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To: Ennis85

bump


15 posted on 01/01/2018 1:55:24 PM PST by Albion Wilde (I was not elected to continue a failed system. I was elected to change it. --Donald J. Trump)
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To: Ennis85

“full throated” There’s a gerbalist Linda Lovelace expression I could live without in 2018.


16 posted on 01/01/2018 2:16:07 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all white armed conservatives)
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To: little jeremiah

LOL You got that right!


17 posted on 01/01/2018 7:51:41 PM PST by gandalftb
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