Mad Dog Mattis would be an excellent choice for Secretary of Defense. Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis is a decorated war-time commander considered a deity by many troops and veterans. He is also on the short-list to run the Pentagon in the Trump administration, according to media reports. Mattis is meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday, the Associated Press is reporting. Bloomberg reported Friday that Trump is looking at Mattis and retired Army Gen. Jack Keane as possible nominees for Secretary of Defense. Both are good choices by Trump and would be massively respected as leaders for that position.
Mattis spent 44 years in the Marine Corps and retired in 2013 after leading US Central Command. Now a fellow at the Hoover Institution in California, Mattis has launched a research project into how Americans view the military and he has spoken out about how little civilians understand about what the military does. Isn’t that the truth? This man is a legend, but I’m not sure he will want to take on Secretary of Defense. We’ll see.
From The Washington Examiner:
President-elect Trump is set to meet with retired Marine Gen. Jim Mattis Saturday amid speculation that Trump could tap him to serve as secretary of defense.
According to a pool report from the Trump transition team, Mattis is among eight people slated to meet with Trump on Saturday, including 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, who is being discussed as a potential nominee for secretary of state.
Bloomberg reported Friday that Mattis and retired Gen. Jack Keane are in the running for secretary of defense.
Mattis, a retired Marine general who served as head of U.S. Central Command, is widely revered throughout the Marine Corps and is known for his colorful statements over the years.
He commanded the 1st Marine Division in Iraq, followed by tours at Marine Corps Combat Development Command, commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force and chief of Joint Forces Command.
Mattis retired in 2013, so he would need a waiver from Congress to be confirmed as defense secretary since he would not have reached the “cooling-off period” required by law.
In September, Mattis told the Military Times that he is particularly concerned about civilian policy-makers making changes to the military to advance social policies. “We are liable to find ourselves paying the cost on a battlefield that we do not want to pay,” Mattis said. “There is no God-given right to victory on the battlefield. You win that through the skill and the devotion, the valor and the ferocity of your troops. You have to be very, very careful, I think, if this gap grows, and it surely will. We have to be very careful that we do not undercut the military battlefield effectiveness with shortsighted social programs.”
This man would undo everything Obama has foisted on the military. It would be glorious. So far, I’m impressed with most of Trump’s picks for his cabinet. Looks like he’s going to have a winning team. Good times.