At a NATO meeting in Brussels this week, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis made it clear that the U. S. wasn’t ready to collaborate militarily with Russia against the Islamic State or any other threats, adding that the conditions weren’t right.
His comments came just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin called for increased intelligence cooperation with the West to fight terrorism.
“Russia is going to have to prove itself first,” Mattis said. Western nations will seek “a way forward where Russia, living up to its commitments, will return to a partnership of sorts here with NATO.”
According to The Washington Post, Mattis said the U.S. would continue to engage politically with the Russian government and try to find common ground.
CBS News reported that Mattis’ remarks followed an assessment of Russia’s alleged meddling in elections, adding that there was “very little doubt that they have either interfered or they have attempted to interfere in a number of elections in the democracies.”
Earlier this week, a Russian spy ship was spotted off the U.S. East Coast — a move that many see as a test of President Donald Trump’s resolve.
Mattis’ remarks follow others that indicate that he’s not messing around.
Earlier this month, he told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that the U.S. wouldn’t tolerate aggression. He also warned NATO member nations that should they not pay their fair share toward collective defense, America would moderate its commitment to the alliance.
It’s refreshing to see some strong, determined leadership in Washington. For the past eight years, we’ve had to watch the Obama administration chip away at our military while working tirelessly to undermine our security — domestically and abroad.
Mattis is showing the kind of direction the U.S. needs to go in such dangerous times.
H/T U.K. Daily Mail