Secretary of Defense James Mattis appeared at the annual conference of the Association of the United States Army, a non-profit dedicated to aiding and promoting Army service members. He was asked what the Army should be doing to prepare for (or prevent) a military crisis in North Korea. Mattis responded that they were attempting to forge a diplomatic solution, but that, “you [the Army] have got to be ready to ensure that we have military options that our president can employ if needed.”
Suggesting that they might decide that a military strategy is the correct course of action at any time, Mattis hammered on this point — “the U.S. Army must stand ready. So if you’re ready, that’s your duty at this point in time.” This may be one of the boldest statements from a cabinet-level person — that we may decide to attack the Kim Jong-un regime.