Wednesday, November 23, 2016
A little story about our potential SecDef
I'm sure most of my readers know that retired US Marine General James N. Mattis is being considered for the post of Secretary of Defense by President-elect Donald Trump. His uncompromising stance and sometimes . . . ah . . . expressive rhetoric have raised a few eyebrows (not to mention concerns). I'd have to say he seems like a modern version of Chesty Puller, from all I've heard - a "Marine's Marine" - and I can't think that's a bad thing. If he's appointed SecDef, I expect at least two-thirds of the Marine Corps to be heavily hung-over the morning after the announcement, and the entire Marine Corps to be under the weather the morning after he's sworn in!
Be that as it may. Gorges' Grouse has a heartwarming story about him back when he was a Brigadier-General. Go read it for yourself. It shows the more human side of the man - and a background that, sadly, few Secretaries of Defense have had, for far too long.
EDITED TO ADD: The original link seems to have gone down, so here's another link to the same story.