Mattis: “We Maintain Military Options…Iran Can Never Acquire A Nuclear Weapon”

By Mac Slavo

Secretary of Defense Jame Mattis said Wednesday that the United States military is ready to take action to stop the Iranian government from developing nuclear weapons. Mattis also stated that should diplomacy fail, the military is ready to use force.

According to Military.com, Mattis made the comments as he was responding to questions from Senator Patty Murray, D-Washington, who said the risk of war had “dramatically increased” following President Donald Trump’s announcement Tuesday that the U.S. is withdrawing from the international agreement to rein in Iran’s nuclear programs.

We maintain military options because of Iran’s bellicose statements and threats,” he said at a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations subcommittee, and “those plans remain operant.”  Mattis did say that diplomacy is his first choice, however, he added that the military plans are ready. “We are always updating those plans” for the military option. “It’s a constant. The plans are updated as rapidly as needed.”

Senator Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, then questioned Mattis about whether or not president Donald Trump has the authority under existing laws and the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) to order a “unilateral attack” on Iran. “I’d prefer not talk about a hypothetical case like that,” Mattis said, but “everything that we are doing, and you can see it with Korea, we’re diplomatically led on this. We’re not talking about any default to war.”

Mattis also said Trump’s announcement ended the US’s participation in the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action) and would lead to re-imposing economic sanctions that had been lifted under the agreement.

The United States will reimpose a wide array of Iran-related sanctions after the expiry of 90- and 180-day wind-down periods, including sanctions aimed at Iran’s oil sector and transactions with its central bank, the U.S. Treasury said on Tuesday.

Trump signed a presidential memorandum reinstating US sanctions against Tehran that were waived in the wake of the deal which was signed during the Obama administration. Although Iran seems angered, especially after viewing the above video, the country doesn’t appear to be overly concerned about the likeliness of additional sanctions. –SHTFPlan

However, “we will continue to work alongside our allies and partners to ensure that Iran can never acquire a nuclear weapon, and will work with others to address the range of Iran’s malign influence” throughout the Middle East, he added.

Mattis said Iran’s “malign activities” are evident in conflicts and terror attacks in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. He also said the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad is “still in power today, still murdering his own people” with the backing of Iran.

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1 Comment on "Mattis: “We Maintain Military Options…Iran Can Never Acquire A Nuclear Weapon”"


  1. “Secretary of Defense Jame Mattis said Wednesday that the United States military is ready to take action to stop the Iranian government from developing nuclear weapons. Mattis also stated that should diplomacy fail, the military is ready to use force.”

    Mattis is suggesting treason as ONLY those who serve in the Congress has the LAWFUL authority to declare war, and to call up Americans for military duty (no, I am NOT saying draft them). We are a CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC, and the authority to send Americans and contracted agents to war was/and still is, delegated to those who serve within the Congress. It is not a power given to a person, but is a power that was delegated to a named office within a named branch of the American federal government. Those that SERVE WITHIN those positions have those duties, and they may NOT give them away, assign them to another, sell them, trade them,etc. If they do not want to do the duties of the position they occupy, then they MUST leave. Breaking their Oath of Office is at least one felony and Perjury. Breaking the Supreme Law of the land is criminal action also. They have already broken it multiple times, military, federal reserve, money not backed by gold & silver, money not created by those serving within the legislative branch, etc, etc, etc…

    “Senator Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, then questioned Mattis about whether or not president Donald Trump has the authority under existing laws and the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) to order a “unilateral attack” on Iran.”

    If Sen Udall does not already know the answer to that question then he is really in the wrong positiion, already has broken his Oath multiple times, etc.

    NO, no one who serves as a US President has that authority. The AUMF is “color of law (legislation)”, basically TREASON, and since force is used it is also terrorism. What is worse is that it makes all of those who “just follow orders” and “just do their jobs” also break their Oath, also commit treason and terrorism because they never read the DOCUMENT to which they are Oath bound and LAWFULLY so, to “SUPPORT AND DEFEND the US Constitution BEFORE the orders of any superior of any rank, and before the duties of the position being occupied. It also assists in the destruction of our nation from within by all involved in those actions in any manner at all.

    Remember, all who serve – civil and military – are REQUIRED to say “NO” to unlawful orders.

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