U.S. President-elect Donald Trump stands with retired Marine Gen. James Mattis following their meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Eli Lake, Bloomberg: Why Trump's Washington Loves 'Mad Dog' Mattis
It says something about Donald Trump that a retired Marine general nicknamed "Mad Dog" is uniting the divided swamp the next president has promised to drain.
It's true. Democrats and Republicans, NeverTrump and NeverHillary, the alt-right and the wonky cucks of the GOP all agree: James Mattis for Secretary of Defense. So far, the swamp looks like it will get its wish. Mattis visited Trump Saturday in New Jersey and Republican sources are chattering that he is now the front-runner to be the civilian leader of the world's greatest military.
This news was greeted with bipartisan relief here at the Halifax International Security Forum, an annual conference in Nova Scotia that brings together foreign policy elites from Western democracies. For the most part, this is not Trump country. It is however, Mattis country.
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WNU Editor: This blog has been covering General Mattis for years. (A list of posts on General is here and here). But being in the running for Secretary of Defense .... with bi-partisan support .... I never even imagined it. Will the warrior General be a good Defense Secretary .... I do not know .... but maybe that is exactly what the Pentagon needs.