SecDef Mattis


Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis to be secretary of defense, according to people familiar with the decision, nominating a former senior military officer who led operations across the Middle East to run the Pentagon less than four years after he hung up his uniform.

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.

Murdoc thinks this is a pretty solid selection. Obviously, we need to wait and see. But it looks good to me.

Here is some discussion from 2005 on MO about the ‘Fun to shoot people’ remark.

And here’s a quote of his Murdoc posted in 2007:

“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.”

–Marine General James Mattis

Meanwhile, in 2010, Mattis still supported a turboprop COIN aircraft.