Mattis has broad appeal for Secretary of Defense job

Eli Lake:
Why Trump's Washington Loves 'Mad Dog' Mattis

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... When Mattis served in President Barack Obama's first term as the head of U.S. Central Command, he was frustrated the U.S. did not more robustly respond to an Iranian plot to murder the Saudi ambassador in Washington. This year, he said the Iran nuclear agreement was only a temporary delay to Iran's quest for a nuclear weapon, not the foundation for friendlier relations, as some of the deal's proponents argue.

Then there is the persona Mattis has cultivated as the ultimate warrior-Marine.

Just look up "Mattis quotes" on Google. One of my favorites: "I'm going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years."  (Emphasis added.)
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A man that eloquent deserves the Secretary of Defense job.  Marines who have worked under him love him.  He is a knowledgeable military man who would have the respect of the men and women who serve.

Another of his quotes which is relevant to the job he is being considered for:
“No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.”
This is similar to my contention that the way you end wars is by proving to the enemy that his cause is hopeless.  That pretty well sums up Obama's strategic blunders in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  He thought he could end the war by leaving and left an enemy to regroup and engage in genocide.

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