Mattis at the Pentagon on September 11 endorses toughness of U.S. military

by WorldTribune Staff, September 12, 2017

Marking the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the United States “never asked for this fight” but is “steadfastly committed to seeing it through.”

Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks at the 9/11 ceremony at the Pentagon. / Getty Images

“Maniacs disguised in false religious garb thought, by hurting us, they could scare us that day,” Mattis said during a ceremony at the Pentagon.

“But we Americans are not made of cotton candy. We are not seaweed drifting in the current. We are not intimidated by our enemies.”

The defense secretary then paused, turned away from the podium, looked directly at President Donald Trump and said:

“Mr. President, your military does not scare.”

Mattis continued:

“Our nation’s troops today are worthy successors of our Revolutionary army at Valley Forge, worthy successors of our valiant sailors at Midway and our Marines at bloody Iwo Jima … men and women of your armed forces America having signed a blank check to the protection of the American people and to the defense of our constitution, a check payable with their very lives, your military stands ready and confident to defend this country, this experiment in democracy.”

See Mattis’s speech here

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