Can America afford to NOT appoint the most effective combat commander in a generation as Secretary of Defense? Is there a better way to restore morale to our armed forces? Three big thumbs up for Gen. “Mad Dog” Mattis.
Finally, we have a President who is making appointments to his Cabinet and Advisory Staff by merit and not because of political consideration. Thus we see the benefit of a President who is not beholden to anyone, who does not owe anyone anything. If this appointment goes through we will have a no-nonsense leader who will take the Liberal/Left shackles off our military and when we go to war we will now be able to use all the tools our great military possesses. There would be no combat hindrance of our military.
President-elect Donald Trump talks to the media as he stands with retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Looked upon by some as a modern day warrior monk, the General has seen combat in three different theaters of operation.
Known for his intellect as much as his martial prowess, Mattis was known to stuff a copy of the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in his ALICE pack when deployed.
But when it comes to putting his money where his mouth is, the retired Leatherneck has his share of backing up some of his more memorable quotes;
- “I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f**k with me, I’ll kill you all.”
- “Find the enemy that wants to end this experiment (in American democracy) and kill every one of them until they’re so sick of the killing that they leave us and our freedoms intact.”
- “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
- “There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.”
- “No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.”
- “I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.”
- “Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.”