The US defence secretary has remained focused on targeting chemical weapons
It was Jim Mattis who saved the day. The US defence secretary, Pentagon chief and retired Marine general has a reputation for toughness. His former nickname was “Mad Dog”. When push came to shove over Syria last week, it was Mattis – not the state department or Congress – who stood up to a Donald Trump baying for blood.
Mattis told Trump, in effect, that the third world war was not going to start on his watch.