A MAT­TIS MO­MENT

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“My ex­pec­ta­tion for you is quite sim­ple. Al­ways be ready to fight and to win. There is no room for com­pla­cency as our ad­ver­saries will do ev­ery­thing in their power to erode our mil­i­tary’s com­pet­i­tive edge — and even less room for a sense of cyn­i­cism or vic­tim­hood. Your pri­mary weapons sys­tem now is your at­ti­tude, cou­pled with the legacy of the Air Force. Bring rigor and vigor to our forces. It is now your re­spon­si­bil­ity that our ad­ver­saries know they should al­ways prefer to talk to our Depart­ment of State rather than face the U.S. Air Force.”

— De­fense Sec­re­tary James Mat­tis, to 983 grad­u­at­ing cadets at the re­cent U.S. Air Force Academy com­mence­ment.

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