Video of an impromptu speech given by Secretary of Defense James Mattis to deployed service members has made its way to the internet. Marines, soldiers, and sailors formed a school circle to listen the retired general provide some motivation and remind them why they are overseas:
Watch Defense Secretary Mattis giving an impromptu speech to deployed soldiers: "As Americans we have two powers; the power of inspiration, and the power of intimidation."
Posted by U.S Army W.T.F! moments on Thursday, August 24, 2017
Mattis started off by explaining he likes talking to troops because being so high up in the Department of Defense tends to isolate him from the people on the ground:
“Thanks for being out here, ok. I know it’s kind of you wonder if any of us know and you get promoted after awhile and you’re so remote that you get out touch with those of you that matter. But believe me I know you’re far from home everyone of ya. I know you could all be going to college, you young people or you could be back on the block.
Just grateful, the only way this great big experiment you and I call America is going to survive is we got tough hombres like you. Some of you are too young, Cpl. Walton, but on 9/11 we were up against an enemy that thought he he could hurts us he could scare us, but we don’t fricken scare.”
“Just hold the line,” he said. “Just hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other and showing it of being friendly to one another, you know, that Americans owe to one other. We’re so doggone lucky to be Americans.”
“The only reason why I came back off, I flunked retirement, OK, the only reason why I came back was to serve alongside young people like you who are so selfless and frankly so rambunctious. It’s a pleasure to be around you all. You take care of each other out here,” Mattis concluded.
Secretary Mattis is currently visiting different nations to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to the respective countries.
During his trip to Iraq, Mattis said ISIS’s days of being a threat are coming to a close: “You see, ISIS is now caught in between converging forces. So ISIS’s days are certainly numbered, but it’s not over yet, and it’s not going to be over any time soon.”
Ukraine hosted the Secretary of Defense on Thursday, a first in over 10 years:
— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) August 24, 2017
Mattis met with both Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Ukrainian Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak. Both meetings discussed the United States’ continued commitment to support Ukraine’s military and the troubles of ongoing Russian aggression.