US Secretary of Defense James Mattis pleaded with senators not to vote for pulling troops out of the Saudi-led war in Yemen, following the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Below are some of James Mattis’s quotes on the matter.
“The suffering in Yemen grieves me, but if the United States of America was not involved in Yemen, it would be a hell of a lot worse.” – James Mattis, Times Free Press, 29 November 2018
“We must maintain our twin requirements of holding those responsible for the murder to account while recognizing the reality of Saudi Arabia as a necessary strategic partner.” – James Mattis, Time, 29 November 2018
“We cannot be deflected from using all our influence to end this war for the good of innocent people in trouble, and ultimately the safety of our own people, and this includes our military engagement.” – James Mattis, Time, 29 November 2018