By: Earnest Jones | 12-02-2016 | News
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Trump Transition: Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for Secretary Of Defense

General Mattis famously known a ‘Mad Dog’ has been known for his famous quote ‘‘Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet’’ that’s the blunt advice that General Mad Dog gave the Marines as they were heading to the war in Iraq back in 2003; General Mattis is a four-star General. The President-elect has chosen him for the position of the Defence Secretary.

General Mad Dog has been renowned for his uncompromising approach towards enemy forces and his memorable phrases that revealed a stunning character that means business.

The General is 66-years old but his legacy and famous quotes have been a source of inspiration to many in the military community. The veterans have respect his leadership and openness which was greatly used in the battle field.

Following his meeting with Donald Trump in November, the president-elect was certain that General Mad Dog who has had 44-years of service with the Marine Corps was the ideal man for the job; Trump branded him as the true General of General’s. The General was also nicknamed as ‘’Warrior Monk’’ as he rose through the ranks since he had no children and never married.

The General retired in the year 2013 after having served as the head of US Central Command (CENTCOM). Centcom is the American military’s wing that’s in charge of the operations conducted in the Middle East.

General Mad Dog was also renowned for critiquing President Barack Obama’s administration and his Middle East Policy and its approach on Iran. General Mad Dog has severally pointed out that Iran is the single most enduring threat that’s hindering peace and stability in Middle East.

Before he was promoted to lead Centcom in 2010, Gen Mattis was appointed as the head of US Joint Forces Command and Nato Supreme Allied Commander in 2007.

It’s been well known that the next president is going to inherit a mess from President Obama who has been very incompetent. This regards foreign policy as noted in the CSIS speech back in April, the US has been on strategy free mode by shifting focus from one region to another.

The requirements for a defense secretary state that a retired officer should be out of uniform for at least seven years before being considered for service as Defence Secretary.

However, with only 3 years after retirement, General Mattis will require a formal waiver from the Republican controlled congress for him to take up the role as Defense Secretary. Once confirmed as Defense Secretary, he’ll be the second General in the country to serve as Pentagon Chief.

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