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USA: Russia delivering the biggest attack on 'world order' since WW2 - 'Mad Dog' Mattis03:14

USA: Russia delivering the biggest attack on 'world order' since WW2 - 'Mad Dog' Mattis

United States, Washington DC
January 12, 2017 at 18:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

James Mattis, Defence Secretary nominee (English): "Senator, Russia, to quote the Chairman's opening statement, has chosen to be a strategic competitor and adversary in key areas, and while we should always engage and look for areas of cooperation, and even in the worst years of the Cold War, President [Ronald] Reagan [and] Secretary [of State George] Schultz were able to work with Russia, the Soviet Union at that time, and reduce the nuclear weapons. So I am all for engagement. But we also have to recognise reality and what Russia is up to, and a decreasing number of areas where we can engage cooperatively and an increasing number of areas where we are going to have to confront Russia." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

James Mattis, Defence Secretary nominee (English): "Chairman, history is not a strait jacket, but I've never found a better guide for the way ahead than studying the history. Since Yalta [the Yalta Conference], we have a long list of times we've tried to engage positively with Russia. We have a relatively short list of successes in that regard. And I think right now the most important thing is that we recognise the reality of what we deal with with Mr. Putin, and we recognise that he is trying to break the North-Atlantic Alliance [the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation/NATO], and that we take the integrated steps - diplomatic, economic, military and the alliance steps, the working with our allies - to defend ourselves where we must."

John McCain, US Senator from Arizona and former Republican presidential nominee (English): "You are a distinguished student of history. And as we are all aware that following World War Two, world order was established, which has [been] held basically for the last 70 years. Do you believe that world order is now under more strain than it's ever been?"

James Mattis, Defence Secretary nominee (English): "I think it is under the biggest attacks since World War Two, sir. And that is from Russia, from terrorist groups, and with what China is doing in the South China Sea."

John McCain, US Senator from Arizona and former Republican presidential nominee (English): "And that would argue for us making sure we are adequately prepared to meet these challenges."

James Mattis, Defence Secretary nominee (English): "I think deterrence is critical right now, sir. Absolutely. And that requires the strongest military."

John McCain, US Senator from Arizona and former Republican presidential nominee (English): "Do you think we have a strong enough military today in order to achieve that goal?"

James Mattis, Defence Secretary nominee (English): "No, sir." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Defence, James 'Mad Dog' Mattis, said that Russia is delivering the biggest attack on the 'world order' since World War II, during an exchange with US Senator for Arizona, John McCain, during his confirmation hearing at the US Senate in Washington D.C. on Thursday.

Mattis noted that since the Yalta Conference, the US has numerously tried to "engage positively with Russia" but has had "a relatively short list of successes." He argued that Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to dismantle the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and that the US should take "the integrated steps - diplomatic, economic, military and the alliance steps, the working with our allies, to defend ourselves where we must."

Despite this assessment, Mattis stressed that he was willing to 'engage and look for areas of cooperation' with Russia. Continuing Mattis noted that "even in the worst years of the Cold War, President [Ronald] Reagan [and] Secretary [of State George] Schultz [inaudible] to work with Russia" before adding that he is "all for engagement [with Russia]."

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James Mattis, Defence Secretary nominee (English): "Senator, Russia, to quote the Chairman's opening statement, has chosen to be a strategic competitor and adversary in key areas, and while we should always engage and look for areas of cooperation, and even in the worst years of the Cold War, President [Ronald] Reagan [and] Secretary [of State George] Schultz were able to work with Russia, the Soviet Union at that time, and reduce the nuclear weapons. So I am all for engagement. But we also have to recognise reality and what Russia is up to, and a decreasing number of areas where we can engage cooperatively and an increasing number of areas where we are going to have to confront Russia." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

James Mattis, Defence Secretary nominee (English): "Chairman, history is not a strait jacket, but I've never found a better guide for the way ahead than studying the history. Since Yalta [the Yalta Conference], we have a long list of times we've tried to engage positively with Russia. We have a relatively short list of successes in that regard. And I think right now the most important thing is that we recognise the reality of what we deal with with Mr. Putin, and we recognise that he is trying to break the North-Atlantic Alliance [the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation/NATO], and that we take the integrated steps - diplomatic, economic, military and the alliance steps, the working with our allies - to defend ourselves where we must."

John McCain, US Senator from Arizona and former Republican presidential nominee (English): "You are a distinguished student of history. And as we are all aware that following World War Two, world order was established, which has [been] held basically for the last 70 years. Do you believe that world order is now under more strain than it's ever been?"

James Mattis, Defence Secretary nominee (English): "I think it is under the biggest attacks since World War Two, sir. And that is from Russia, from terrorist groups, and with what China is doing in the South China Sea."

John McCain, US Senator from Arizona and former Republican presidential nominee (English): "And that would argue for us making sure we are adequately prepared to meet these challenges."

James Mattis, Defence Secretary nominee (English): "I think deterrence is critical right now, sir. Absolutely. And that requires the strongest military."

John McCain, US Senator from Arizona and former Republican presidential nominee (English): "Do you think we have a strong enough military today in order to achieve that goal?"

James Mattis, Defence Secretary nominee (English): "No, sir." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Defence, James 'Mad Dog' Mattis, said that Russia is delivering the biggest attack on the 'world order' since World War II, during an exchange with US Senator for Arizona, John McCain, during his confirmation hearing at the US Senate in Washington D.C. on Thursday.

Mattis noted that since the Yalta Conference, the US has numerously tried to "engage positively with Russia" but has had "a relatively short list of successes." He argued that Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to dismantle the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and that the US should take "the integrated steps - diplomatic, economic, military and the alliance steps, the working with our allies, to defend ourselves where we must."

Despite this assessment, Mattis stressed that he was willing to 'engage and look for areas of cooperation' with Russia. Continuing Mattis noted that "even in the worst years of the Cold War, President [Ronald] Reagan [and] Secretary [of State George] Schultz [inaudible] to work with Russia" before adding that he is "all for engagement [with Russia]."

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