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On Friday, Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis took questions from the press in the hopes he'd be able to answer as many as possible.

Topics included cutting aid to Pakistan, troops in Afghanistan, and the upcoming Olympics in South Korea. Given the timing, it was natural that many of the questions were centered around military plans for 2018.

One reporter asked what the general's biggest concern for 2018 is, and he explained he simply didn't have any.

When pressed to pick one, he responded, “As you know, I don't have concerns. I create them.”

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The answer was undoubtedly classic Mattis, but it wasn't the only response that solidified why the general was overwhelmingly confirmed to his position.

While the classified nature of his position and his loyalty to the president prevented him from giving away too many specifics of his military plans, he did give reporters some insight.

When asked for a description of what can be expected in 2018 regarding ISIS in Afghanistan, Mattis responded with only three words.

“We'll fight them,” he said. 

In April, the United States dropped the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), commonly known as the “Mother of All Bombs,” on ISIS fighters in Afghanistan.

So when Mattis says, “we'll fight them,” chances are he means it.

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