Brace yourselves: Secretary of Defense James Mattis and his death stare are headed to the southwest border on Wednesday.
Mattis will arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border on Nov. 14 to "receive an update from his forces," as Fox News reports.
Thousands of U.S. troops began arriving at the border earlier this month as part of the since-unnamed Operation Faithful Patriot to provide support to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol personnel.
Prohibited by U.S. law from participating in actual immigration enforcement activities, U.S. military personnel are effectively performing grunt work as part of the deployment: unspooling concertina, repairing infrastructure, and shoveling shit, among other things.
When asked by Military Times' Tara Copp about the cost of the deployment, Mattis replied: "We’ll update you on costs as they become known. Obviously the units executing the border mission have got to report them right up here. We are capturing the costs."
U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks at the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday he had not yet determined whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used.
President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval.
A pair of U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron VF-211 Fighting Checkmates in flight over Iraq in 2003/Department of Defense
Since the sequel to the 1986 action flick (and wildly successful Navy recruitment tool) Top Gun, was announced, there's been a lot of speculation on what Top Gun: Maverick will be about when it premieres in June 2020. While the plot is still relatively unclear, we know Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Naval aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and he'll be joined by a recognizable costar: The iconic F-14 Tomcat.
It looks like the old war plane will be coming out of retirement for more than just a cameo. A number of recently surfaced photos show an F-14 Tomcat aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, alongside Cruise and members of the film's production crew, the Drive's Tyler Rogoway first reported earlier this week.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.