Mattis Addresses NATO and Warns of “Arc of Insecurity”

Mattis Highlights U.S. Commitment to NATO, Warns of ‘Arc of Insecurity’

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis meets with members of the U.S. mission at NATO headquarters in Brussels

By Lisa Ferdinando
Press Release February 15, 2017

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to Belgium and Germany to meet with NATO counterparts and discuss efforts to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Mattis also plans to meet with international partners while attending the Munich Security Conference.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis talked with Britain’s Defense Secretary Michael Fallon during the North Atlantic Council meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels. He  highlighted the U.S. commitment to NATO, stressing the alliance’s importance in regional and global security while calling on nations to meet their military funding commitments.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis talks with Britain's Defense Secretary Michael Fallon during a North Atlantic Council meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Feb. 15, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley

Secretaries Fallon and Mattis – DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley

“For seven decades the world has watched NATO become the most successful and powerful military alliance in modern history,” Mattis said in prepared remarks to a NATO  defense ministerial meeting in Brussels.

He told the assembled defense leaders that NATO, with its members’ shared commitment, will remain what President Dwight D. Eisenhower described as a “valuable, necessary, and constructive force.”

Evolving Security Challenges

Appearing with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ahead of the closed meeting, Mattis underscored the importance of the bloc. “The alliance remains a fundamental bedrock for the United States and for all the transatlantic community, bonded as we are together,” Mattis said.

NATO faces challenges that are the “most complex and demanding in a generation,” according to Stoltenberg. Those challenges, he said, cannot be tackled alone by either Europe or the United States. “A strong NATO is good for Europe; a strong NATO is good for North America,” Stoltenberg said, adding he welcomes the “U.S. commitment to the transatlantic bond.”

The defense ministers, he said, will also be discussing the “course of the alliance and the future.” “The year 2014 awakened us to a new reality: Russia used force to alter the borders of one of its sovereign neighbors, and on Turkey’s border ISIS emerged and introduced a ruthless breed of terror, intent on seizing territory and establishing a caliphate,” he said. While some in the 28-member alliance “have looked away in denial of what is happening,” he said, NATO needs to adapt to meet the changing security situations.

“For despite the threats from the east and south, we have failed to fill gaps in our NATO Response Force or to adapt to modem threats, or increase the readiness of much of our force structure,” he said.

NATO, he said, must tighten its decision cycle both in determining the actions of the alliance and in resourcing those decisions with robust and interoperable capabilities, he said.

Meeting Two Percent Defense Target

Mattis called on alliance members to meet the goal of spending two percent of their respective country’s GDP on defense. Only Britain, Estonia, Greece, Poland and the United States have done so, the defense secretary said. It is a fair demand, Mattis said, that all who benefit from the best defense in the world carry their proportionate share of the necessary cost to defend freedom.

The American taxpayer must not continue to carry a “disproportionate share of the defense of Western values,” Mattis said.

“Americans cannot care more for your children’s future security than you do.”

“We should never forget ultimately it is freedom that we defend here at NATO,” he said. The defense secretary said he plans to have an “open conversation among friends and allies about where we’re going and our shared level of commitment.”

“Disregard for military readiness demonstrates a lack of respect for ourselves, for the alliance, and for the freedoms we inherited, which are now clearly threatened.” he said. Immediate and steady progress toward the goal of meeting the two-percent target must become a reality, if NATO is to remain a credible alliance and able to adequately defend itself.

(Source was exerpts of  both DoD press releases Arc of Insecurity and  Brussels).


Not only did Mattis send a clear message that NATO is an important European Defense but that ALL countries in the alliance have to start carrying their weight. While some here see NATO as something we should not be involved in, there is some strong reasoning for continuing its existence.  We shouldn’t confuse NATO with the United Nation’s goals and agenda.  Cutting off all ties is just as harmful as the US carrying most of the financial and personnel burden. Isolationism as the world reaches epic tension and stress levels over a multitude of issues would be a terrible idea now.

Trump is sending a strong message, as is Mattis, that NATO is failing its prime directive and purpose.  They are also living up to the campaign promise to force greater involvement by NATO members and less financial burden on our country. He is the first to live up to his campaign agenda and promises to voters in a very long time. 

Liberals and Democrats are being shown up as more outrageous and egregious every day, especially considering the things he has accomplished in less than one month in office despite their flagrant,  seditious actions. If they can’t sit quietly and act like reasonable adults, then we should be seeing a few prominent names being tried on sedition charges. But will we? I won’t hold my breath waiting for this to happen.




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  2. Hardnox says:

    Prosecuted for Sedition? Maybe, but that would play into the left’s fascist narrative. The media would make a big deal out of it. Ditto with the Lefties in Congress like Chuck U. Schumer.

    It’s time for President Trump to use his bully pulpit and expose these leftists and their agenda before this gets out of hand.

    • Uriel says:

      It may already be nearly too late. With those he picked who are backing down for whatever reason, the worries about leaks, the push by Obama and crew – I could see a weaker POTUS already succumbing to fear and uncertainty as trust is shaken. All we can do is exactly what we are doing and pray Trump has more self-reliance and confidence than that.

    • Schumer should probably be one of the people prosecuted for sedition! He is more concerned with crippling the President than he is with running the country. The left in this country may cry about fascism but with all the Soros funds they have accepted can at least be charged with aiding sedition if not committing it themselves. I am truly afraid for this country for the first time in my life. I mean afraid as in upset that I cannot start storing arms, ammunition and emergency food storage. I have never been concerned to the level I am today. I pray this country will somehow survive.

      • Uriel says:

        Welcom To Hardnox Mark. You are not alone. We have agonized and stressed for quite awhile over this. However I don’t believe even Hardnox, and definitely not I, realized just how deadly and dangerous life was turning. At no time since I was born even with the Cuba Crisis, Vietnam, and the Cold War have I witnessed the extent of infiltration and near loss of all we hold dear. None of us believe this is over by a long shot. All believe more trials are ahead.

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