Known to prefer his wartime call sign, “Chaos”, over his common nickname of Mad Dog, James Mattis will be America’s next Secretary of Defense. For regular followers of this blog, you are well versed in the happenings and goings of General Mattis as I have long been a proponent for the man to be President of the United States. Well, I guess 6th in line for the Presidency will have to do and that’s just fine by me. You see, if you are a civilian you might not be familiar with the man as much as we in the Veteran community would think. But if you are so apt to give us a plate of free chicken strips on Veterans Day or your standard “Thanks for your service” type line, then might I ask you to dig deep and consider what has the entire bi-partisan Veteran community doing this right now.
The Warrior Monk will be in the room during Trump’s most pivotal decisions as President and whether you supported or loathed Trump you have ample reason to sleep well tonight. Civilians, let me introduce you to your new Secretary of Defense General James Mattis. Chaos is in the White House.
The Quotable Mattis
Detractors will point out that James Mattis has a track record for saying some pretty controversial things the civilian world might not understand, so let’s get that out of the way first. Yes, while talking to Iraqi Tribal elders he said, “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.” You could point out that such words are less than diplomatic, or you could point out the man who is an avid student of history knew how to set the tone with a culture who only respected strength. How many lives did that quote save? Your guess is as good as mine, but I’d hedge my bets it did just that.
Yes, he said that men who slap around women because they didn’t wear a veil “don’t have any manhood left in them anyway.” He then went on to claim it was a hoot to shoot such men. Civilian world, what would you do if a man slapped your wife or daughter around with impunity for having the audacity to show her face? He went on to say, “I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”
And yes, he told Marines returning home from war that they might encounter protestors. Did he equally advise the same level of violence? No, he said this. “When you men get home and face an anti-war protester, look him in the eyes and shake his hand. Then, wink at his girlfriend, because she knows she’s dating a p*&@y.” How many Marines did he save from pointless conflict by utilizing that quote? You see, General Mattis was most certainly concerned with mission accomplishment, but his heart was never far from the “lads on the front lines” as he routinely called them. Just ask the Marine with a family for whom he, as a General, voluntarily stood watch so that the man could go home and spend time with his family. His words were spoken with the utmost commitment towards inspiring the “lads” and you will find a SECDEF Mattis at no loss of words to inspire a nation.
The Warrior Monk
For this portion, I’m going to just share once again a video I have offered up at many times. Is the man smart? Yes, and his intellect is only matched by his willingness to fight. It’s 30 minutes, but if you don’t have 30 minutes to better understand your country then might I remind you that I’m sure there is an hour long episode of the Kardashians calling your name. Here you go friends:
Tell me when the phone rings at 3AM, when the fate of the world is in the balance that this is not the man you want a phone call away from our President. There is nothing more I can tell you than what you can glean from that video.
This is a Big Deal
Finally, I will just tell you that this is a big deal and that is coming from this avid #NeverTrump guy. Nothing would please me more than to flog myself daily for being wrong about Trump and this nomination goes a long way to the purchase of a cat of nine tails for that purpose. This is a big deal folks. It’s true that because the man has not been retired for the required amount of time he will require a waiver from Congress much as was given to General George C. Marshall after WW2. But should Congress fail in this endeavor, flames, flames, flames, in my brain…
This is good news America, it really is. Intellect, braun, and the respect of every man to wear the uniform is over the Department of Defense. In this politically divisive season, surely we can all high five and respond to this news with a resounding and unequivocal…
General Mattis will Knife Hand You if You Don’t Like Unprecedented Mediocrity Below