Saturday, November 26, 2016

Mattis: Iran is the biggest threat to Mideast peace

Gen. Jim Mattis

Iran is the biggest threat to peace in the Middle East, said retired Gen. Jim Mattis, the legendary Marine who's being courted as a possible presidential candidate. Mattis, a former U.S. Central Commander, called Iran foremost among the many challenges in the region in remarks at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event in Washington. The event was highly anticipated, since a group of GOP donors is attempting to draft him for a presidential run. The Iranian regime in my mind is the single most enduring threat to stability and peace in the Middle East. Despite repeated mentions of the Islamic State and al Qaeda by others... Nothing I believe is as serious in the long term in enduring ramifications in terms of stability, and prosperity and some hope for a better future for the young people out there than Iran. In his 30 minutes of prepared remarks, Mattis made the case that Iran's actions have not changed since the Iranian revolution of the 1970s. It remains the single most belligerent actor in the Middle East... Their consistent behavior since 1979 through today shows no sign of changing.

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