“I keep other people awake at night,” said Secretary of Defense James Mattis in a Sunday-aired Face the Nation interview with CBS’ John Dickerson.
Asked what keeps him awake at night, Dickerson replied, “Nothing.”
Describing Islamic State (ISIS) as a threat to all civilized nations, Mattis described a shift in military posture toward the Islamic terrorist organization from “attrition” to “annihilation:”
Our strategy right now is to accelerate the campaign against ISIS. It is a threat to all civilized nations.
And the bottom line is, we are going to move in an accelerated and reinforced manner, throw them on their back foot. We have already shifted from attrition tactics, where we shove them from one position to another in Iraq and Syria, to annihilation tactics, where we surround them.
Our intention is that the foreign fighters do not survive the fight to return home to North Africa, to Europe, to America, to Asia, to Africa. We are not going to allow them to do so. We are going to stop them there and take apart the caliphate.