Trump’s Pick For Secretary of Defense – In His Own Words.
It used to be when you thought of the American military, men like Patton, Eisenhower, MacArthur, Washington and Grant would come to mind. Today’s military conjures images of Bowe Bergdahl, Chelsea Manning, Eric Fanning and Ash Carter. The latter are a list of folks who were either brought up on charges of desertion and espionage or are best known for their fixation with sexual identity/orientation and the military. One of them, believe it or not, manages to fit several of these obscure categories. For the last eight years the priorities of our military have been downright absurd, but not anymore.
Now comes Trump and his selection for Secretary of Defense – James “Mad Dog” Mattis, a Marines’ Marine – who doesn’t bother to sugarcoat the purpose of the military behind a flowery political rhetoric. No, good old Mad Dog gets what the military is about – killing things and breaking stuff. I could work through a long list of accomplishments and a resume that clearly indicates the man is fit for the job at hand, but I would rather provide a list of quotes that seem to tell the tale of the man in a way that is more relevant. This is not an apologist. This is not a politician. This is a warrior.
“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
“There are some people who think you have to hate them in order to shoot them. I don’t think you do. It’s just business.”
“There is nothing better than getting shot at and missed. It’s really great.”
“You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually, it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people.”
“The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some a**holes in the world that just need to be shot.”
“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f*** with me, I’ll kill you all.”
“PowerPoint makes us stupid.”
Now I am sure that there are some out there that would be flabbergasted that a neanderthal like this would be considered for Secretary of Defense. After all, the post has been turned into a political bureaucracy tasked with nonsense like nation building and global policing. Within that context, it would seem counterproductive to appoint a man like Mattis but the military should never be expected to handle such matters. Diplomats should handle nation building. You should never have the people responsible for the ass-kicking oversee the reconciliation – wounds run too deep. Isn’t the United Nations always telling us that they’re the peacekeepers? Let them and nations with a stake in regional stability have a hand in the work required AFTER an enemy has been put down. Maintain a presence, but do so apart from the people that want to kill our men and women in uniform. Make it so that our forces can strike quickly against an insurgency but aren’t bogged down right next to it, wondering which of the people around them is looking to dish a little payback. This should all be Common Sense 101 – and in Mattis, I hope to see a lot of it!