By Michael S. Schmidt –CNNWASHINGTON, DC — The new defense chief in President Donald Trump’s administration, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, is facing a dilemma that will test his relationship with the Iran nuclear deal and the Pentagon’s broader counterterrorism strategy.
Key players in the Obama administration are wary of the Iran deal, with some warning that it could lead to a war between the United States and Iran and that Mattis is seen as a hardliner who will seek to roll back those moves.
But Mattis, who has made clear he doesn’t believe in a preemptive strike, is seen by some Pentagon officials as an ideal candidate to make the case for the nuclear deal, particularly if he is seen in a positive light by his predecessors.
He is also a key player in the Iran diplomacy, one of the last areas where the Trump administration has sought to work with Iran and the international community to address regional issues.
Trump is expected to nominate Mattis as his defense secretary, setting up an unlikely partnership between the two sides that could shape the national security strategy of the Trump presidency.
The administration has been looking for a new defense leader for a while.
It has nominated retired Gen. Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign in August amid allegations of making racist comments.
The appointment of Mattis, a decorated Vietnam veteran and two-time Purple Heart recipient, could be viewed as a way to make sure Mattis is viewed as the leader of the United State in the face of the growing threats that the Iran agreement poses to the region and the United Nations Security Council.
Mattis has been on the Pentagon payroll for over 20 years, having been an officer in the U.S. Army.
He retired from the Marine Corps in 2016 and worked as a special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to his bio.
His career as a military officer has been a mixed bag, with his work as a brigadier general and as the top commander of the U.,D.C., Joint Special Operations Command, and the U,S.
Mattes is also seen as an ardent supporter of the deal, and a major critic of the Obama administrations decision to lift the sanctions on Iran in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions on North Korea.
The deal is considered a major breakthrough in the war against the Islamic State group and is helping the United Kingdom and its allies to fight the terror group.
Trump administration officials are eager to move forward with the deal and have signaled that they will not allow Iran to become a major player in world politics.
But the Iran accord has also been widely viewed by many in the military as a failure, with many generals, admirals and other top military leaders telling reporters that the deal did not work out as hoped.
Mattis is expected, if confirmed, to make clear that the administration has made it clear that it will not take any actions that will put Iran on a collision course with the United Nation Security Council, according the Washington Post.
The United States is currently the only major country in the Middle East that is not on the nuclear agreement.
But Trump has also signaled he may not agree with many aspects of the agreement, including the ability of U.N. member states to monitor Iran’s nuclear program, as well as the fact that Iran must dismantle its nuclear facilities, which would be a huge step toward dismantling the country.
The Trump administration is expected not to take any unilateral action in regards to the nuclear accord unless it has been negotiated with the Iranian government and the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully engaged in negotiating with the U-N.
and the International Atomic Energy Agency, according an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
The administration has also said it is not planning to unilaterally strike Iran if it continues to violate the agreement.
But Mattis is not just an ardent Trump supporter.
The president’s nominee also made a major speech at the White House on Thursday.
In his remarks, Mattis warned against allowing Iran to be a threat to the United Sates and called for “rethinking the nature of our relationship with Iran.”
“Iran is a rogue state, a regime that undermines the region, undermines America, and is a threat,” Mattis said.
“The United Nations should not be used to bully our allies, nor should we let Iran get away with undermining the world.
The United States will stand by Israel, America will stand for our allies in the region.
The U. N. Security Council should not have the power to impose sanctions.
The President will not stand for a deal that puts America in the position of choosing between America and Iran.
We will not accept Iran’s ability to destabilize the region or undermine American interests.”
The administration is also not expected to agree to any major changes to the Iran peace process, which is meant to end the decades-long U. S.-led campaign to force the Islamic republic to dismantle its uranium enrichment facilities.
This includes the lifting or easing of the international