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Retired Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis for Secretary of Defense

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Robert Reich has summarized Trump's pick of retired Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis for Secretary of Defense. As per Reich's Facebook page:

    1. Mattis’s candor has often got him into trouble and signaled values that might be worrisome. He’s known for saying, “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.” In 2005 he described fighting in Afghanistan this way: “Actually, it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot... some people, I’ll be right up front with you. I like brawling . . . You go into Afghanistan, you’ve 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.”

    2. Obama fired Mattis, presumably because he was too eager for a military confrontation with Iran. Mattis believes Iran is a worse threat to stability in the Middle East than ISIS. "I consider ISIS nothing more than an excuse for Iran to continue its mischief. Iran is not an enemy of ISIS. They have a lot to gain from the turmoil in the region that ISIS creates."

    3. Mattis has criticized President Obama for being naive about Iran’s intentions and Congress for being “pretty much absent” on last year’s nuclear deal, and has argued that the nuclear inspections may fail to prevent Iran from seeking to develop nuclear weapons, but that "[i]f nothing else at least we will have better targeting data if it comes to a fight in the future."

    4. Mattis seems to be extraordinarily popular with the troops.

    A Secretary of Defense who shoots his mouth off and seems trigger happy would be less worrisome if his boss didn't share the same traits.

    So what do you think? Does Mattis fit with what America is becoming under the Trump presidency...crude and vulgar. I expect that the Republican controlled Congress will approve him without excuses. One of his prime attributes is he was fired by Obama, and that should move him to the top of the garbage heap of Trump nominations.

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Yes Schmidt; I guess with this and the other selections this will become the government of "billionaires" and the "military". Furthermore we will be in no time involved in another war; this time with Iran. With a new military "bill" on the table of more than 600 billion to expand the military and give them an "raise" as well and keep all our deployments all over the world in place, then I guess there will be no money left for anything "social". But this country elected what they deserve.

    My guess is the "deficit" will go through the "roof" and the war industry will get only richer. I hope they have reserved enough burial plots in Arlington.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Mattis appears to lack an understanding of ISIS.

    Yeah, Iran acts as the top state sponsor for terrorism. But the more the U.S. aggravates that neck of the woods, the more radicalized groups like ISIS will become.

    A war with Iran is precisely what leaders like Osama Bin Laden would want. He's gone on record saying that his intention was to bait the Bush administration into combat in order to drain the U.S. of its resources. And it worked.

    Now we're back at it again.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote: So what do you think? Does Mattis fit with what America is becoming under the Trump presidency...crude and vulgar. I expect that the Republican controlled Congress will approve him without excuses. One of his prime attributes is he was fired by Obama, and that should move him to the top of the garbage heap of Trump nominations.

    I am worried about his nomination for more than one reason, but I'm most worried about the prospect of a military officer leading what is supposed to be a civilian run DOD.

    Congress will have to pass legislation that will allow him to serve as Secretary of Defense since he hasn't been out of the armed services for more than seven years, but I have a feeling they will pass an exception just as they did back in 1950 when George Marshall was nominated to the same position.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    You have coaches and you have players. Trump is putting a gung-ho player in position as a coach. Terrible mismatch of talents.
  • Center Left
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    We are on the expressway to CHAOS
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    TJ Wrote: We are on the expressway to CHAOS
    Yes T.J. want to buy my house? Forget the "expressway' it will be an traffic jamb with guns blazing.
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    Iran does and will make hay from the chaos caused by daesh. That Mattis knows this and does not focus on removal of the cause of chaos points out his flaw. Iran isn't Iraq, a pseudo-country held together by a dictator that fell apart when the dictator was removed. We haven't managed to "win" in Iraq or afganistan but a half-wit like Mattis wants to invade Iran. How phucquing stupid are these people?