2-3-17 12:00 PM EST: There are several new sheriffs in town and James Mattis in one of them. Back in 2000 when Bush and Gore were fighting to see who won the battle of the hanging chads, there was virtually zero response to the bombing of the USS Cole which is often seen as a count-down to 9-11.

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Today that same ship is on patrol off the coast of Yemen, and new sanctions against Iran are being rolled out. Secretary of Defense James Mattis also has a new strict warning for North Korea.

Yep, the USA is putting it's big boy pants back on. I wonder which country will test our resolve first? Step right up, suckers! These be long canvas pants with studded stress points, not crepe paper shorts.

Here's the newest report with some James Mattis included.

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