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The Latest: Pence says Mattis to be with Trump at NC rally

The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST): 7:44 a.m. Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary will be with him at a Tuesday night rally in North Carolina. That's … Click to Continue »

Stephen Colbert Skewers Donald Trump's Defense Secretary Pick

3 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

Stephen Colbert gave Donald Trump some alternative suggestions Monday as to who should be his secretary of defense. The president-elect has nominated retired Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis to head up the Defense Department, but the...Show More Summary

U.S. military to return some land in Okinawa by year end

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States military plans to return some land in Okinawa to the Japanese government by the end of the year, the largest transfer since 1972, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday.

Cartoons: Motley Mittens

Motley Mittens by Clay Jones Am I the only one who thinks that Trump might have picked retired Marine general James “Mad Dog” Mattis as his secretary of defense because of his masculine nickname? Macho Man is dead but Balls Mahoney is still available for Donald Trump’s services. In a speech during the presidential campaign [...]Show More Summary

Democrats from Mattis’ home state uncertain they’ll support him for defense chief

Like many Democrats on Capitol Hill, Washington state Rep. Adam Smith is trying to decide whether to back retired Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis as the next U.S. secretary … Click to Continue »

Arizona Rep. Gallego takes up fight for civilian control of military: 'I cannot support a waiver'

17 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Campaign Action Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego on Monday joined Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in opposing Donald Trump's Secretary of Defense nominee, former Marine Gen. James Mattis, who only resigned from the military two years ago. Gallego, an Iraq War veteran, said he respected Mattis's service but added, “I cannot support a waiver. Show More Summary

Does Gen. Mattis have a strategy for shaping the ‘media battle space’?

Donald Rumsfeld served his second tour of duty as Secretary of Defense from Jan. 20, 2001, to Dec. 18, 2006. He is one of America’s most accomplished public servants. And he was arguably the best prepared secretary of defense, having not only served in that job before, from Nov. Show More Summary

George C. Marshall: Statesman, Not a Warrior

Paul R. Pillar U.S. Military, United States Useful perspective on issues surrounding the nomination of the retired Marine Corps general James Mattis to be secretary of defense, including the issue of civilian control of the military, can come from reflecting on the career of the one other general ever to be U.S. Show More Summary

MATTIS: The Iraq war was a 'strategic mistake'

President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Defense Secretary called the invasion of Iraq a "strategic mistake" at a conference last year, in an audio recording obtained by The Intercept. In a wide-ranging speech at an ASIS International...Show More Summary

How Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis Will Remake The Pentagon

General James Mattis isn't just a gifted warfighter and intellectual, he actually enjoys combat. So putting him in charge of the Pentagon portends big changes.

Here’s why Ash Carter should stop saying we have the best military in the world

Ash Carter, the current secretary of defense, has been beginning his recent speeches with the statement that today’s American military is the best the world has ever seen.

Trump's Defense Secretary Presided Over Civilian Slaughter In Fallujah

President-elect Donald Trump has selected retired Marine General James Mattis to exercise civilian control over the Department of Defense. Originally known as the Department of War, it was renamed Department of Defense in 1949. But war...Show More Summary

US Marine who Served Under New Defense Secretary James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Supports His Nomination

From The Federalist contributor Stanton S. Coerr: America knows Gen. James Mattis as a character, Mad Dog Mattis, the font of funny quotes and Chuck Norris-caliber memes. Those of us who served with him know that he is a caring, erudite, warfighting general. We also know that there is a reason he uses the call-sign […]

Who Is General Jim ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis?

General Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis is President-elect Donald Trump’s announced choice to lead the Pentagon as the United States Secretary of Defense. His military career was a complicated blend of tactical prowess, intellectually provocative...Show More Summary

General Appointed By Obama Gives Epic One-Word Response On ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis

Trump has chosen General “Mad Dog” Mattis as his Secretary of Defense. His fellow Marines are rejoicing. But the Left is in a tizzy. They are running for their safe

Snowflakes Unite!

OEMC story: Too funny not to share: Last night my friend got a call at the station. The caller was very distraught that Trump would pick a guy named Mad Dog for Secretary of defense. Dead serious. The officer had to explain that it was a nick name, not his real name. This woman from Hyde Park actually called the police! Lol Anyone have the event number on this call?

Why Trump & his Cabinet’s Jihad against “Political Islam” will Fail

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – Several members of Donald Trump’s new team, including National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and proposed Secretary of Defense Mike Mattis have expressed themselves…

Trump Needs a Congressional Waiver to Appoint Mattis as Defense Secretary

Politically, it would be very foolish for Democrats to fight President-elect Trump’s selection of retired Marine General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense. General Mattis’s reputation as an erudite warrior is well earned, and he is highly thought of by policymakers, fellow commanders, and grunts. Show More Summary

In 2013, Gen. James Mattis Compared Israeli Occupation to Apartheid

2 days agoNews : Truthdig

By Juan Cole / Informed Comment Gen. James Mattis, who has been tapped for Secretary of Defense by president-elect Trump, also expressed that he was against getting involved in Syria, and warned that military action couldn’t resolve the issue of Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.

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