Trump Picks Retired Marine General James Mattis As Secretary Of Defence

By Ikenga Chronicles December 2, 2016

Trump Picks Retired Marine General James Mattis As Secretary Of Defence

US President-elect Donald Trump has picked retired marine Gen. James N. Mattis, to be U.S Secretary of Defense. According to reports, Mattis who retired four years ago served from November 2007 to August 2010 as the supreme allied commander of transformation for NATO. He retired as the chief of U.S. Central Command in spring 2013 after serving over four decades in the Marine Corps.

Mattis could be remembered for his tough stance on Iran nuclear weapon deal. He was quoted to have said. “The Iranian regime in my mind is the single most enduring threat to stability and peace in the Middle East.”

‘’Despite repeated mentions of the Islamic State and Al Qaeda by others… Nothing I believe is as serious in the long term in enduring ramifications in terms of stability, and prosperity and some hope for a better future for the young people out there than Iran.”

A former senior Pentagon official disclosed that Mattis was a two-edged sword, which mean he is tough and honest, but his strong views could lead to conflict with the White House:

‘’The President-elect is smart to think about putting someone as respected as Jim Mattis in this role. He’s a warrior, scholar, and straight shooter — literally and figuratively.”

‘’ He speaks truth to everyone and would certainly speak truth to this new Commander-in-Chief. If there’s any concern at all, it’s the principle of civilian control over the military.”

‘’This role was never intended to be a kind of Joint Chiefs of Staff on steroids, and that’s the biggest single risk tied to Mattis.”

‘’For Mattis, the biggest risk for him personally is that he’ll have a National Security Adviser in the form of Mike Flynn whose management style and extreme views may arc Mattis’ eyebrows and cause conflict over time. It’s no fun to be Secretary of Defense if you have to constantly feud with the White House.”

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