President Donald J. Trump selected “Mad Dog Mattis” for his defense secretary because the retired general is a straight shooter military expert who doesn’t play games. That said, Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters Thursday that if the United States were to go to war with North Korea, the results would be “catastrophic.”
The warning by Mattis is the latest sign that a war with North Korea will be much worse than many Americans may think.
His comments come on the heels of numerous warnings issued to North Korea by President Trump who is currently in New Jersey.
Mattis, who is currently in California, told a group of reporters the following: “The American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results and I want to stay right there right now.”
Known for his ability to put situations into easy-to-understand context, Mattis told reporters that the description of war doesn’t need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be “catastrophic.”
Pressed by reporters to indicate whether the U.S. is prepared to fight in a war against North Korea, Mattis replied, “I don’t tell the enemy in advance what I’m going to do … We’re ready.”
Mattis asked reporters, “How often to do you see France, China, Russia, the U.S. voting unanimously on any issue?” His question followed his reminder that the United Nations Security Council unanimously voted last week to mark North Korea as a “threat to the world’s community.”
The tension between the United States and North Korea reached a new high after the rogue nation threatened to attack the island of Guam multiple times this week.
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