DOD/Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
Dexter Filkins, New Yorker: James Mattis, A Warrior in Washington
The former Marine Corps general spent four decades on the front lines. How will he lead the Department of Defense?
On January 22nd, two days after President Trump was inaugurated, he received a memo from his new Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, recommending that the United States launch a military strike in Yemen. In a forty-year career, Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general and a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, had cultivated a reputation for being both deeply thoughtful and extremely aggressive. By law and by custom, the position of Defense Secretary is reserved for civilians, but Mattis was still a marine at heart. He had been out of the military for only three years (the rule is seven), and his appointment required Congress to pass a waiver. For the first time in his professional life, he was going to the Pentagon in a suit and tie.
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WNU Editor: This is a must read. Here is a good review on this New Yorker profile of James Mattis .... 10 Things We Learned About Mattis From That ‘New Yorker’ Profile (Adam Weinstein, Task & Purpose).