Transcript : Defense Secretary Mark Esper on « Face the Nation, » January 12, 2020


  • Le secrétaire à la Défense des États-Unis reconnaît n’a pas vu de « preuve » d’une attaque imminente contre des ambassades américaines, comme l’a affirmé Trump. Mais comme Trump l’a affirmé, cela suffit à ce brave homme.

    Transcript : Defense Secretary Mark Esper on "Face the Nation," January 12, 2020 - CBS News

    MARGARET BRENNAN: But, broadly, can you clarify though, was the specific threat that the president shared with Fox News about four U.S. embassies being under threat, also shared with Congress? Why was there a difference? 

    SEC. ESPER: Well, what the president said was he believed that it probably and could have been attacks against additional embassies. I shared that view. I know other members of national security team shared that view. That’s why I deployed thousands of American paratroopers to the Middle East to reinforce our embassy in Baghdad and other sites throughout the region.

    MARGARET BRENNAN: Probably and could have been. That is- that sounds more like an assessment than a specific, tangible threat with a- a decisive piece of intelligence.

    SEC. ESPER: Well, the president didn’t say there was a tangible- he didn’t cite a specific piece of evidence. What he said is he probably- he believed, could have been—

    MARGARET BRENNAN: Are you saying there wasn’t one?

    SEC. ESPER: I didn’t see one with regard to four embassies. What I’m saying is I share the president’s view that probably- my expectation was they were going to go after our embassies. The embassies are the most prominent display of American presence in a country.

    Brave homme dont la fiche Wikipédia est suffisamment succincte pour bien faire ressortir sa principale compétence professionnelle :

    Auparavant, il était vice-président en charge des relations gouvernementales de Raytheon.