On Friday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis visited with members of the press and answered a range of questions before the end of the year. When the topic of civilian casualties came up, Mattis wanted to make it clear that he takes the issue very seriously.
1: #SecDef spent almost an hour w/ the Pentagon Press before new year. Stories TK, but some takeaways: 1.) Look for more general purpose forces to be trained/used for roles that have drained SF 2.) W/ transgender, he would not single out or issue specific welcome (more) 1/of many
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The Washington Post reports Mattis said “it’s a tragedy every time” a civilian is killed during military operations. He noted the U.S. uses a high standard when it comes to avoiding civilian deaths.
Then a reporter asked if he was “OK” with civilians being killed. Mattis showed he was not having it. “I’m never OK with any civilian casualty. Don’t screw with me on this.” – READ MORE