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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Making war great again

The God-Emperor Ascendant chooses Mad Dog Mattis for Defense:
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis to be secretary of defense, nominating a former senior military officer who led operations across the Middle East to run the Pentagon less than four years after he hung up his uniform, according to people familiar with the decision.

To take the job, Mattis will need Congress to pass new legislation to bypass a federal law that states secretaries of defense must not have been on active duty in the previous seven years. Congress has granted a similar exception just once, when Gen. George C. Marshall was appointed to the job in 1950.

An announcement is likely by early next week, according to the people familiar with the decision. Mattis declined to comment. Spokespersons for Trump’s transition team did not respond to requests for comment.

Mattis, 66, retired as the chief of U.S. Central Command in spring 2013 after serving more than four decades in the Marine Corps. He is known as one of the most influential military leaders of his generation, serving as a strategic thinker while occasionally drawing rebukes for his aggressive talk. Since retiring, he has served as a consultant and as a visiting fellow with the Hoover Institution, a think tank at Stanford University.
Once more, Donald Trump exceeds expectations. It will be good to see a genuine strategist who understands war and is capable of riding herd on the neocons and their insane, ignorant fantasies in a position of overseeing the military.

One hopes this will bring an end to the lunacy that has pervaded the Pentagon since 2001.

The best thing about Trump's selections is that he clearly has a penchant for self-confident men who are not inclined to be influenced by the vagaries and narratives of the media.

To gain some insight into Mattis's thinking, it's worth reading A New American Grand Strategy, a piece he wrote for the Hoover Institute:
The world is awash in change. The international order, so painstakingly put together by the greatest generation coming home from mankind’s bloodiest conflict, is under increasing stress. It was created with elements we take for granted: the United Nations, NATO, the Marshall Plan, Bretton Woods and more. The constructed order reflected the wisdom of those who recognized no nation lived as an island and we needed new ways to deal with challenges that for better or worse impacted all nations. Like it or not, today we are part of this larger world and must carry out our part. We cannot wait for problems to arrive here or it will be too late; rather we must remain strongly engaged in this complex world.

The international order built on the state system is not self-sustaining. It demands tending by an America that leads wisely, standing unapologetically for the freedoms each of us in this room have enjoyed. The hearing today addresses the need for America to adapt to changing circumstances, to come out now from its reactive crouch and to take a firm strategic stance in defense of our values.

While we recognize that we owe future generations the same freedoms we enjoy, the challenge lies in how to carry out our responsibility. We have lived too long now in a strategy-free mode.

To do so America needs a refreshed national strategy.
Sure, some of the language he uses is enough to make one reflexively reach for one's pistol and scan for neocons. But the salient point is that what the USA has been doing since the end of the Cold War IS NOT VIABLE. And the fact that we "must remain strongly engaged in this complex world" is not a prescription, it is an accurate observation.

He doesn't say what the nature of that engagement is. And, more reassuringly, there are these comments:

  • We know that the “foreseeable future” is not foreseeable; our review must incorporate unpredictability, recognizing risk while avoiding gambling with our nation’s security.Incorporating the broadest issues in its assessments, Congress should consider what we must do if the national debt is assessed to be the biggest national security threat we face.
  • Strategy connects ends, ways and means. With less military available, we must reduce our appetite for using it. Absent growing our military, there must come a time when moral outrage, serious humanitarian plight, or lesser threats cannot be militarily addressed.  Prioritization is needed if we are to remain capable of the most critical mission for which we have a military: to fight on short notice and defend the country.

If nothing else, at least he's asking some of the right questions.

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93 Comments:

Blogger Sam Lively December 01, 2016 6:05 PM  

Isn't Mattis a neocon? The neocons universally love him. He's a Hoover Institution fellow along with VDH and Condi Rice.

It's not like being a sharp history buff who understands war hasn't prevented VDH from carrying water for neocon insanity.

Blogger Arborist (#0232) December 01, 2016 6:14 PM  

God bless.

Anonymous Battlefrog December 01, 2016 6:14 PM  

This one's great, but does anything have anything positive to say about Mnuchin? His pick has me feeling sick to my stomach. I'd like to be proven wrong, but I see nothing encouraging about that one.

Anonymous Mark Auld December 01, 2016 6:17 PM  

I'll trust a true warhorse and not worry about neo labels.

Blogger Unknown December 01, 2016 6:17 PM  

I don't know much about him, but I like people named Mad Dog.

Anonymous BGKB December 01, 2016 6:19 PM  

How much of a fight will it be to get Mattis an exception?

We might get war sooner than we expect. Voter fraud central Philly is going thru with its recount even though the rest of the state won't. http://www.newsobserver.com/news/technology/article118189003.html
Philadelphia OKs targeted recount, rejects software analysis

Blogger Derrick Bonsell December 01, 2016 6:19 PM  

He's at Treasury. Worry more about the Federal Reserve, who does the real monetary policy in our economy.

Also he isn't Dimon, be fortunate for small mercies.

Blogger Derrick Bonsell December 01, 2016 6:20 PM  

The Democratic Secretary of State says the election is over. Philly can't change the results.

Blogger 1101doc December 01, 2016 6:27 PM  

Monday morning quarterbacking is one thing, but let's not be telling Coach who he should and shouldn't start before the game.

Blogger TheLiberatorOfBados December 01, 2016 6:38 PM  

No I am not tired of winning, and he's not even been inaugurated yet. Oh my God 2017 is going to be the best year ever.

Blogger ChickenChicken Sweep December 01, 2016 6:39 PM  

Treasury Sec gets to sign FRNs. The Fed chair decides how many FRNs there are.

Besides, could Mnuchin be any worse than Paulson? That motherfucker's desiccated corpse should still be hanging from a K Street lamp post.

Blogger Cail Corishev December 01, 2016 6:42 PM  

It's fun to watch as Trump makes picks which, in general, would have been a conservative or libertarian's wet dream a couple years ago, and people still try to find nits to pick.

Blogger Resident Moron™ December 01, 2016 6:44 PM  

OT: All-women expedition to Antarctica.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-38139925

But I'll wager the plumber is a man.

Anonymous rzg December 01, 2016 6:48 PM  

TOO MUCH WINNING
STAHP

Blogger joc December 01, 2016 6:54 PM  

A friend of mine who is a retired Marine posted this on Facebook a few days ago:

At about 4 a.m., General Krulak would drive himself to every Marine guard post in the Washington-Annapolis-Baltimore area and deliver a small package of Christmas cookies to whatever Marines were pulling guard duty that day. He said that one year, he had gone down to Quantico as one of his stops to deliver Christmas cookies to the Marines on guard duty. He went to the command center and gave a package to the lance corporal who was on duty.

He asked, “Who’s the officer of the day?” The lance corporal said, “Sir, it’s Brigadier General Mattis.” And General Krulak said, “No, no, no. I know who General Mattis is. I mean, who’s the officer of the day today, Christmas day?” The lance corporal, feeling a little anxious, said, “Sir, it is Brigadier General Mattis.”

General Krulak said that, about that time, he spotted in the back room a cot, or a daybed. He said, “No, Lance Corporal. Who slept in that bed last night?” The lance corporal said, “Sir, it was Brigadier General Mattis.”

About that time, General Krulak said that General Mattis came in, in a duty uniform with a sword, and General Krulak said, “Jim, what are you doing here on Christmas day? Why do you have duty?” General Mattis told him that the young officer who was scheduled to have duty on Christmas day had a family, and General Mattis decided it was better for the young officer to spend Christmas Day with his family, and so he chose to have duty on Christmas Day.

General Krulak said, “That’s the kind of officer that Jim Mattis is.”

Awesome if true (I hope it's not one of those BS internet stories that make the rounds).

Anonymous Cinco December 01, 2016 6:57 PM  

Quietly waiting for the announcement of Napolitano to the SCOTUS.

Blogger Sithicus December 01, 2016 6:59 PM  

So God-Emperor has called his Warmaster.

Soon time will come for the Great Crusade.

DEUS VULT!

Blogger Leo Littlebook in Shenzhen December 01, 2016 6:59 PM  

This and the Hillary voter defriending is enough to make a man consider repatriating.

Blogger Nate December 01, 2016 7:02 PM  

I will beg you all to forgive the all caps... but...

I HAVE THE BIGGEST HARDON RIGHT NOW

Blogger Salt December 01, 2016 7:03 PM  

I expect the Left, and NeoCons (who haven't already jumped ship) initially, to oppose this vigorously. The Donald's Trump Card is the up coming midterm elections. He'll get the NeoCons corralled.

Blogger Fifty Seven December 01, 2016 7:05 PM  

The Warmaster betrayed the Emperor...


OT. Waaaaay OT. But holy hell. HuffPo writer checks himself into psych ward on election night:
https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/250600/#respond

Can't tell if it's the most epic troll in history or we've actually hit Peak Pajama.

Blogger Nate December 01, 2016 7:06 PM  

"Besides, could Mnuchin be any worse than Paulson? That motherfucker's desiccated corpse should still be hanging from a K Street lamp post."

the Goldman cries have always been over-blown... from Heidi Cruz to this cat. She was a glorified sales girl... and he used Goldman as a stepping stone.

Judge by what he does. Not where he's worked.

OpenID b1bae96e-6447-11e3-b6bb-000f20980440 December 01, 2016 7:06 PM  

Mnuchin has been on Trump's campaign though. So it isn't all that shocking that he end up with an important post out of it. Plus of all the places for Trump to stick a Trump loyalist its the Treasury. Have to be more than a few IRS agents looking to stick it to him.

Also, I like the word Mnuchin on my money.

Blogger Cail Corishev December 01, 2016 7:24 PM  

Judge by what he does. Not where he's worked.

I worked for the post office for several months about 20 years ago. It doesn't make me pro-government; just the opposite.

While I'd be glad to see a Goldman-free administration, Trump does have to pick people who know what they're going to be dealing with. One way companies like that get and stay so powerful is to make sure as many people as possible go through their doors and have connections to them. There probably aren't many top financial people who don't have close links there.

Also, I've already seen one article about how Mnuchin wants to blow away Freddie and Fannie, so he may not be as conventional as he looks. I'll wait and see.

Anonymous John VI December 01, 2016 7:27 PM  

No. But evidence of fraud will be used to hammer Democrats who next try to block voter ID laws all across the US.

It will be particularly useful if, shockingly, the fraud is found to consistently favor Democrats.

Blogger Unknown December 01, 2016 7:28 PM  

If Mattis does nothing else but fire SJW SecNav Maebus for cause _before_ he can quit, I would be happy.

Anonymous 11b December 01, 2016 7:32 PM  

I would hope the new admin will eliminate women in the infantry and other combat arms.

Blogger pyrrhus December 01, 2016 7:34 PM  

Mattis's job is to clean house, if that's even possible, and use the savings wisely. As for increasing the military budget, that seems absurd for a country teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and already spending more than the rest of the world.

Blogger Alexandros December 01, 2016 7:36 PM  

Nate wrote:
Judge by what he does. Not where he's worked.


Exactly; Trump's already stated in tons of speeches that he will get the best people. They may not be good, nice, or morally upstanding people, but they will be the best people.

Blogger Fifty Seven December 01, 2016 7:42 PM  

11b--

Here's hoping.

My brother graduated USMC boot camp last month. Said some of the instructors for the field portions up on Pendleton were females, and they were a raging pain in the ass to deal with. I asked him, chips on their shoulders? He said "Chips on BOTH shoulders".

Anonymous 11B December 01, 2016 7:47 PM  

@30 - I think the women in the infantry was created by presidential directive, not congressional authorization. I may be wrong. But I imagine Trump and Mattis can spend the first week just revoking BS directives without permission for anyone. This would be a great signal Trump could send to the base, especially the military part of it which is huugee.

Blogger Fifty Seven December 01, 2016 7:54 PM  

Could he sign an executive order that just says, "All executive orders signed by the individual calling himself Barack Hussein Obama are hereby declared null and void"?

And, better yet, could he do it at the podium, during his inaugural speech?

Blogger Johnny December 01, 2016 7:57 PM  

Fifty Seven wrote:Could he sign an executive order that just says, "All executive orders signed by the individual calling himself Barack Hussein Obama are hereby declared null and void"?

And, better yet, could he do it at the podium, during his inaugural speech?


If not that something close to it. If he rescinds them one at a time the press will nit pick endlessly over the particulars.

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey December 01, 2016 7:58 PM  

Starbucks CEO Resigns.

I CANT STAND ALL THIS WINNING

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother December 01, 2016 8:01 PM  

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Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother December 01, 2016 8:02 PM  

My granddaddy was a horse Marine
Everything he wore was Marine Corps green
Ate his steaks eight inches thick
Picked his teeth with the guidon stick

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 01, 2016 8:03 PM  

My brother graduated USMC boot camp last month. Said some of the instructors for the field portions up on Pendleton were females, and they were a raging pain in the ass to deal with. I asked him, chips on their shoulders? He said "Chips on BOTH shoulders".

They've had WM PMIs for decades. That probably isn't changing.

I was however amazed that the Marine Corps was able to hang on to segregated by sex basic. I can only assume Obama never heard of it.

Although that useless little tit Mabus did try to integrate it this year. At least he is definitely gone in two months

Blogger Deplorable Gaiseric December 01, 2016 8:03 PM  

Mattis is the bomb. http://freebeacon.com/national-security/the-best-from-mad-dog-mattis/

Of course, if he truly believes No. 4 then there's got a be a lot of killing in DC.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother December 01, 2016 8:06 PM  

All of you nasty fat bodies and life takers Heartbreakers can get your fill of Mattis lore here:

http://www.duffelblog.com/tag/james-mattis/

Blogger Elkanah Haon December 01, 2016 8:10 PM  

Absolutely delighted with the pick - and no doubt all US servicemen are as well. Will make a nice change to have someone competent, a serious veteran, and who genuinely cares about maintaining the US Military and the welfare if the men and women who make up the military.

Perhaps it also paves the way for a potential Mattis Presidential run in 2024, although he'll be 74 by then.

Anonymous Dave December 01, 2016 8:14 PM  

Trump is on fire mocking the dishonest press in his Thank You Tour Ohio speech. At one point he was channeling Christopher Walken pointing out "some guy" in the audience. MAGA

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother December 01, 2016 8:15 PM  

Elkanah,

You have no idea. Every Marine Corps page on Facebook is going crazy. Especially the ones actually dedicated to Mattis.

Look up F'N KNIFE HANDS V16.7.

Anonymous Dave December 01, 2016 8:21 PM  

Trump just told everyone in the room not to let it out but on Monday he will announce the selection of Mad Dog Mattis.

Blogger Fifty Seven December 01, 2016 8:26 PM  

@37 "I was however amazed that the Marine Corps was able to hang on to segregated by sex basic. I can only assume Obama never heard of it."


"Um, Mr. President, they said no."

"Who did? About what?"

"The Marines, sir. They said no."

"They're not allowed to do that! Get me the... the... Gottedammerung or Commissary or whatever he's called! Now!"

"Sir, I'm afraid their exact words were, 'That fucking pogue is welcome to come down here and make us.'"

"THEY CAN'T SAY THAT! Er... Can they?"

"It's frowned upon, sir, but the ball is rather in your court now. Shall I call the Rainbow Coalition?"

"Will that work?"

"It might make a good Buzzfeed headline, sir."

"Well... The hell with it, then. Get lost, I need to finish my waffle."

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey December 01, 2016 8:29 PM  

Now is the time for a White American baby boom.

Blogger Michael O'Duibhir December 01, 2016 8:33 PM  

You got it, Laguna Beach Fogey!




































Blogger SemiSpook37 December 01, 2016 8:40 PM  

Praying for competence to flow through the DoD upon hearing this news. It's sorely missing in a lot of places.

Blogger Resident Moron™ December 01, 2016 8:43 PM  

Re "reach for your gun and scan for neocons": that was exactly my thought on first reading.

But as you point out, he is at least capable of considering that there's other ways to look at these questions.

In particular, his being willing to single out the national debt is a huge leap forward. The Pentagon had previously identified "global warming" as the primary strategic threat (which is plainly nonsense but that's almost beside the point (and that was under Bush, iirc, too)), whereas the debt has been off limits.

@Laguna Beach Fogey:

Not American, but I'm up to six! How're you doing?

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 01, 2016 8:47 PM  

To take the job, Mattis will need Congress to pass new legislation to bypass a federal law that states secretaries of defense must not have been on active duty in the previous seven years.

I suspect the waiver will be granted. Even the Democrats know that the DOD is in shambles although they will avoid like the fucking plague admitting why.

Blogger Ken Prescott December 01, 2016 8:48 PM  

Sure, some of the language he uses is enough to make one reflexively reach for one's pistol and scan for neocons. But the salient point is that what the USA has been doing since the end of the Cold War IS NOT VIABLE. And the fact that we "must remain strongly engaged in this complex world" is not a prescription, it is an accurate observation.

America is going to be the 800-pound gorilla in geopolitics no matter what, particularly if Trump succeeds in revitalizing our economy. An economic titan with a foot in both of the major oceanic basins of the Western Hemisphere is going to have YUGE global impact, even when it's doing nothing.

The problem is that we've been drifting without an actual strategy since 1989. Even a Presidential bias to inaction on the world stage--as good as that may be for America in general--is not a strategy, it's a preference. There are a very few situations where we would need to go to war, either to prevent the worst case, or because that worst case is immanent. Knowing when we would need to intervene would be a great help in designing policies to help avoid and/or deter those situations from coming to pass.

Blogger Deplorable Gaiseric December 01, 2016 8:52 PM  

Best thing Mattis could do is recognize Mexico as our worst geopolitical rival, and put the military on the wall with orders to shoot anything that comes across the border, even if it's just a turkey vulture or a jackrabbit.

Then when troops are on leave, they can moonlight as bounty hunters rounding up Mexicans, Muslims and Indian H1-B workers and dump into Tijuana.

I'm not quite sure what military action can be taken against the debt, unless we can browbeat China into forgiving a big chunk of it in return for us letting them take over some dumb uninhabited rocks in the South China sea without contest.

Blogger Thucydides December 01, 2016 8:57 PM  

Time for a bit of 4GW action: Kelloggs is pulling their advertising from Breitbart News. Let them know just who needs whom in this commercial relationship:

https://www.kelloggs.com/en_US/home.html

That would be a fabulous trophy for the Alt-Right to bring home to the Supreme Dark Lord.....

Blogger Resident Moron™ December 01, 2016 9:02 PM  

@50

The Africans have a saying:

Even when the Elephants make love, the Grass trembles.

It will be good to have someone in charge who understands that even the best-intentioned acts of the powerful can have far-reaching effects for those less so.

Blogger Subversive Saint December 01, 2016 9:04 PM  

Some of his statements reflect The Nine Laws...

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr December 01, 2016 9:17 PM  

Mattis has a rep for being very Pattonesque....boiling rhetoric on the outside, a serious intellectual underneath. The sort of man who spurns management books for Caesar's "Commentaries", or Chandler's "The Campaigns of Napoleon".

This is going to be very interesting...even though I'd love that post myself.

Blogger YIH December 01, 2016 9:35 PM  

If the Vikings can't beat the Cowboys ( (and I don't think they can), it's over for them.

Anonymous Just another commenter December 01, 2016 9:39 PM  

Anyone got a mash-up of "Dicks out for The Mad Dog..." ?

We are now up to eight seas, the latest newly created by the floods of lefty tears. Gonna need the Ark of the Noah if the God Emperor keeps up at this rate.

Blogger Ghost of Nathan Bedford Forrest December 01, 2016 10:00 PM  

Excellent pick by the God-Emperor. Finally someone will balls and a brain leading the Pentagon. For glimpse of his mindset, here are some of my favorite quotes from Mad Dog... “I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.” And...“You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”

Anonymous An Extremely Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than A Basket Of Twenty Deplorable Cents December 01, 2016 10:05 PM  

@34
Starbucks CEO Resigns.

Rumor has it that some people have been ordering drinks there giving "Trump" as their last name, so "Americano for TRUMP!" has to be shouted over a crowded room. Suddenly I feel like doing that. If we all do it on the same day, are we Trumping Together?

Blogger Pteronarcyd December 01, 2016 10:24 PM  

"To take the job, Mattis will need Congress to pass new legislation to bypass a federal law that states secretaries of defense must not have been on active duty in the previous seven years."

Those laws are unconstitutional. Congress has no role in selecting Cabinet Secretaries other than the Senate's role of advice and consent. Irrelevant, because a law granting an exemption to the unconstitutional law will be passed swiftly. I look forward to Senate confirmation hearings featuring Democrats virtue signaling his use of vibrant language.

Anonymous Susan December 01, 2016 10:28 PM  

Schultz is still with Starbucks according to what I read elsewhere today. He just got promoted out of the way to Chairman of the Board.
Remember George Zimmerman and Men's Wearhouse? This is a version of that.

Once again, Leftists devouring their favorite cuisine, each other.

Blogger Brian H December 01, 2016 10:29 PM  

My day old son was so excited about the coming Trumpenreich, he exited his mother's womb 2.5 weeks early.

Spending some time now in the NICU, but can't blame him for his enthusiasm, the little 6lb fart.

Blogger Brian H December 01, 2016 10:33 PM  

My day old son was so excited about the coming Trumpenreich, he exited his mother's womb 2.5 weeks early.

Spending some time now in the NICU, but can't blame him for his enthusiasm, the little 6lb fart.

Blogger YIH December 01, 2016 10:43 PM  

They might be able to, 14:11 4Q 9-7 Vikes!
If they can win, they stay in playoff contention.

Anonymous BGKB December 01, 2016 10:50 PM  

All-women expedition to Antarctica. Who will carry the bags.

""They're much bigger vessels that operate out of South America.

"The Antarctic peninsula is the main tourist route — though this certainly is not a tourist voyage." Yea they are going to see the effects of global warming.

Blogger LES December 01, 2016 11:16 PM  

"The international order built on the state system is not self-sustaining."

What does this mean. The US reserves the right to tell other countries what they can do. Are we still spreading democracy at the point of a gun. Is the US going to bomb the Aryan Persians in Iran for Israel?

We should only use our military to defend our country. No more blood and treasure for Israel.

Blogger YIH December 01, 2016 11:32 PM  

It's time to say ''maybe next year'' for the Vikes.
They gave it a good try against the Cowboys, better than I was expecting, but no dice.
They managed to get it to a 2 point convertion to tie...

Blogger Nate Winchester December 01, 2016 11:34 PM  

Terminal Lance has done the due diligence in capturing the moment of selection.
http://terminallance.com/2016/11/22/terminal-lance-lord-mattis-iii/

Blogger Bosefus December 02, 2016 12:03 AM  

Evil is on menu boys... shoot at will... but sisters... keep your lamps trimmed and burning...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLyPH4fLt-w

Blogger Bosefus December 02, 2016 12:09 AM  

Ok sisters... stand down...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEtgGSeGtwI

Anonymous Luke December 02, 2016 12:32 AM  

Bill Lind would have been a better choice.

Blogger John Williams December 02, 2016 1:12 AM  

@62, Congratulations! The kid has good instincts.

Blogger cheddarman December 02, 2016 2:05 AM  

In a perfect world, Tom Kratman would be Defense Undersecretary for Crucifixions

Blogger IreneAthena December 02, 2016 3:33 AM  

*He's not a neocon! sis boom bah! does 21 back-flips in a row across comment section stage, and leaves quietly*

Blogger EscapeVelocity December 02, 2016 3:50 AM  

Mattis is balls deep in standard US military Counter Insurgency bullshit aka COIN.

But it seems that Frank Gaffney and that crowd are having influence over the Administration with regards to policy on Islam...which is great news.

Hopefully Andrew McCarthy will be tapped for a Deputy or Assistant position as well.

Anonymous The Kulak December 02, 2016 3:56 AM  

And to think, if Americans had elected the war hag, we might have had Evelyn Farkas as Secretary of Defense trying to call the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and talk him out of retaliating after the humanitarian 'no fly zone' bombing of combined Russian/Syrian forces started. With Mattis, our country will be putting forward a leader of men again who has also seen the price of war, unlike these neolibcontard/GCC firster/'muh moderate Syrian jihadis' airheads. Hail Trump indeed.

Blogger wreckage December 02, 2016 4:29 AM  

The thing is, when this guy says he's not going to kick your arse, you're going to feel like it means something. Nobody like a bloody war-dog to make peace feel good.

Blogger rho December 02, 2016 4:32 AM  

Turns out Mattis has less than VD.

Blogger JWM in SD December 02, 2016 7:44 AM  

Not if the recount is run by Democrats. That fraud will be buried which is why they were only interested in states Trump won.

Blogger JWM in SD December 02, 2016 7:48 AM  

Where's the Mattis Warhammer meme?

Blogger Nick S December 02, 2016 8:17 AM  

Trump's announcement served another purpose. It was a huge FU to all the fake news media outlets that would have typically be given a press release and then convey the news to their audience. Trump said, "I don't need you. You need me." Now, all the media will follow him to his next stop on the tour and broadcast it live because Trump just might make another announcement of consequence.

There's a groundswell of support for Trump to once again leverage the agree and amplify principle by excluding the fake news outlets (NYT, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, etc.) from the White House press corps. Maybe they'll learn sooner or later...nah, probably not.

Blogger Deplorable Gaiseric December 02, 2016 8:23 AM  

JWM in SD wrote:Where's the Mattis Warhammer meme?
If Trump is the God-Emperor, then Mattis must be one of the Primarchs?

Blogger Cail Corishev December 02, 2016 8:36 AM  

@78, Yes. He told his audience in Ohio last night that he was telling them early, but not to let it get out to the fake news until he made it official on Monday. Complete rhetoric, of course -- he was announcing it, and it had leaked earlier in the day anyway. But they loved it, and it made the point that he doesn't need the fake news to get his message out.

Blogger Front toward enemy December 02, 2016 9:52 AM  

I will sleep better at night just knowing that the "Mad Dog" is watching over us. Thank God for our brave warrior class.

Blogger Nick S December 02, 2016 10:27 AM  

Laguna Beach Fogey wrote:Now is the time for a White American baby boom.

Careful! Last time someone said that, all the Ilk women ended up pregnant.

Blogger Ned December 02, 2016 12:06 PM  

Successful warriors are educated, understand the nature of war, and make every attempt to avoid it. The true warrior isn't the 350 lb barbarian with an ax who throws himself onto the spears of the phalanx, nor the polished neocon who has never seen combat and is all too eager to toss young lives at an alleged political cause.

I totally support this nomination. BTW - "Mad Dog" encouraged his troops to read the classics.

Blogger Anonymous-9 December 02, 2016 12:34 PM  

Is it just me? Or does the General have Pepe eyes... look at his pic. https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/12/01/trump-makes-it-unofficially-official-general-mattis-nominated-to-head-dept-of-defense/

Blogger Aeoli Pera December 02, 2016 12:37 PM  

That national debt dogwhistle tells me he can at least play politics.

Blogger Aeoli Pera December 02, 2016 12:39 PM  

What you call "Pepe eyes" comes from heavy fleshy lidding under the eyes, and is a phrenological indicator of a sadistic personality. Vox has it too.

Blogger Anonymous-9 December 03, 2016 12:10 AM  

#86 Nope. It's a light of wisdom and serenity behind the dark eye color. Vox a sadist? Surely you joke. Vox has the patience of a saint.

Blogger Michael Kingswood December 03, 2016 9:27 AM  

"If Mattis does nothing else but fire SJW SecNav Maebus for cause _before_ he can quit, I would be happy"

Fuckin A right.

No more rating system my ass...

And LCS too. But really, a Navy without Ratings? Fetch a rope.

Blogger Michael Kingswood December 03, 2016 9:29 AM  

"As for increasing the military budget, that seems absurd for a country teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and already spending more than the rest of the world."

Unnecessary. If there's one thing my Pentagon tour taught me, is that the DOD budget needs to be trimmed by a third to a half. Done right, we'd see massively increased readiness and combat capability.

Blogger Were-Puppy December 03, 2016 6:10 PM  

@19 Nate
I will beg you all to forgive the all caps... but...

I HAVE THE BIGGEST HARDON RIGHT NOW
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You'll have to go to the hospital when Trump sends Mad Dog to Iran to renegotiate that nuclear deal.

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