“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
That unforgettable phrase has been popular on t-shirts and internet memes, but not everyone knows who first said it. However, after today, these and other sayings by a great American hero will be known far and wide.
Yesterday, to the wild cheers of his massive rally audience, Donald Trump revealed his choice for Secretary of Defense: Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis.
Mattis is a hero to many of his fellow Marines, and others in the armed forces.
And from the sounds of it, ISIS should be panicking right about now:
To take the job, Mattis will need Congress to pass new legislation to bypass a federal law stating that defense secretaries must not have been on active duty in the previous seven years. Congress has granted a similar exception just once, when Gen. George C. Marshall was appointed to the job in 1950.
Mattis, 66, retired as the chief of U.S. Central Command in spring 2013 after serving more than four decades in the Marine Corps. He is known as one of the most influential military leaders of his generation, serving as a strategic thinker while occasionally drawing rebukes for his aggressive talk. Since retiring, he has served as a consultant and as a visiting fellow with the Hoover Institution, a think tank at Stanford University.
That “aggressive talk” earned Mattis his nickname. It’s just what is needed right now after eight years of Obama’s dithering over the Middle East. If one thing is certain, Mattis isn’t known for “dithering.”
Credit: Right Wing News