Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan showed up to Afghanistan on Monday wearing an outfit befitting the most evil of Bond villains.
Here's how the Task & Purpose team reacted to this amazing outfit:
Paul Szoldra [9:21 AM] what in the fuck is he wearing
jared [9:21 AM] Shanahan Arrives In Afghanistan Ready For A Cocktail Party
Paul Szoldra [9:21 AM] he looks like dr evil
jared [9:22 AM] he looks like alec baldwin in the hunt for red october
Shanahan's Afghanistan outfit: better than Kushner's body armor, but not by much
jameswhuclark [9:22 AM] Shanahan has a plan to defeat ISIS/Taliban and it involves sharks with frigg'n lazer beams (edited)
Paul Szoldra [9:23 AM] The acting Defense Secretary just showed up to Afghanistan dressed like Dr. Evil
jared [9:23 AM] Shanahan's launched all-out fashion assault on Taliban peace process
Officially, Shanahan is "meeting with President Ashraf Ghani to discuss a broad range of defense issues" and mingling with coalition troops still fighting in the 17-year-old war, according to a Pentagon statement.
But unofficially, he could be preparing to knock off Dr. Evil or his favorite henchman, Number 2, for worldwide domination, or he may even be preparing to conduct his own all-black-ops alongside Gen. Austin Miller, who, it should be noted, is a
former member of Delta Force.
Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan, left, arrives in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday morning, Feb. 11, 2019, to consult with Army Gen. Scott Miller, right, commander of U.S. and coalition forces, and senior Afghan government leaders.
AP Photo/Robert Burns
Still, given the dark ensemble, our one hope is that Shanahan will at a minimum entertain the troops with a rendition of a
Johnny Cash classic.
There's also a good detention facility at Bagram he can rock, in case he wants to take the
Folsom Prison route.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur.)
Defense officials will brief President Donald Trump's national security team on a plan that involves sending 5,000 more troops to the Middle East to deter Iran, Task & Purpose has learned.
So far, no decisions have been made about whether to send the reinforcements to the region, unnamed U.S. officials told CNN's Barbara Starr.
"The military capabilities being discussed include sending additional ballistic missile defense systems, Tomahawk cruise missiles on submarines, and surface ships with land attack capabilities for striking at a long range," CNN reports. "Specific weapons systems and units have not been identified."
The thousands of sailors, Coasties and Marines who descend on New York City every year for Fleet Week are an awesome sight to behold on their own, but this year's confab of U.S. service members includes a uniquely powerful homecoming as well.
When an Air Force major called J.J. completed a solo flight in the U-2 in late August 2016 — 60 years after the high-flying aircraft was introduced — he became the 1,000th pilot to do so.
J.J., whose name was withheld by the U.S. Air Force for security reasons, earned his solo patch a few days after pilots No. 998 and No. 999. Those three pilots are in distinguished company, two fellow pilots said this month.
"We have a pretty small, elite team of folks. We're between about 60 and 70 active-duty pilots at any given time," Maj. Matt "Top" Nauman said during an Air Force event at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City.
"We're about 1,050 [pilots] right now. So to put that in context, there are more people with Super Bowl rings than there are people with U-2 patches," Nauman added. "It's a pretty small group of people that we've hired over the last 60 to 65 years."
In what appear to be his first public remarks on U.S. national security since his resignation as Secretary of Defense, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis offered a word of caution to President Donald Trump amid escalating tensions with Iran on Tuesday.
"The United States should buy time to keep peace and stability and allow diplomats to work diplomacy on how to keep peace for one more hour, one more day, one more week, a month or a year," Mattis said during remarks in the United Arab Emirates.
"Iran's behavior must change," Mattis added, "[but] the military must work to buy time for diplomats to work their magic."