There’s finally something I can proudly say that I support Trump for…his pick as the 26th Secretary of Defense. [Trivia fact, SecDef is 6th in line of Presidential succession].
Most by now at least know of Gen. Mattis (ret), from the glossy, tweet sized headlines on cable news, but there’s much, much more to know about the man….and why modern Marines (and lowly Soldiers like myself) revere him like no other [sorry Chesty Puller]. There are several articles to choose from, but this offering posted at The Federalist is pretty good. The 800+ comments are pretty good too….
America knows Gen. James Mattis as a character, Mad Dog Mattis, the font of funny quotes and Chuck Norris-caliber memes. Those of us who served with him know that he is a caring, erudite, warfighting general. We also know that there is a reason he uses the call-sign Chaos: he is a lifelong student of his profession, a devotee of maneuver warfare and Sun Tzu, the sort of guy who wants to win without fighting—to cause chaos among those he would oppose.To Marines, he is the finest of our tribal elders. The rest of the world, very soon, will know how truly gifted he is. Our friends and allies will be happy he is our new secretary of war; our enemies will soon wish he weren’t.