“Mad Dog” As Secretary of Defense
When the news announced that Marine General James Mattis was a possibility for the role of Secretary of Defense, liberals were up in arms. The 44-year veteran had just left the military in 2013, so this meant the Senate would have to approve the decision as it’s normally required for there to be a seven year gap from service.
American service members love Mattis and he has earned nicknames such as “Mad Dog” and “Warrior Monk.” Thanks to the support of John McCain and Trump signing a document to allow for Mattis to take the role, the retired marine is now the new Secretary of Defense.
What does that mean for our enemies?
Fighting ISIS On Day One
Mattis has often been referred to as one of the best combat tacticians today, so it’s unlikely he’ll need any help stepping into the role or learning the lay of the land. In fact, the 66-year-old spent his first day fighting ISIS.
According to the Daily Caller, “Newly confirmed Secretary of Defense James Mattis celebrated his first full day at the Pentagon by presiding over 31 strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.”
This is an impressive 180 from the civilian controlled SecDef position that existed only a week ago.
“Warrior Monk” And Trump Prepare Attacks
For those worried about Mattis’ role in this endeavor, these types of events take weeks or months to plan out, so he was more of an overseer on the day in question rather than a coordinating planner.
That said, as SecDef, Mattis watched fighters, bombers, remotely piloted aircrafts, and the like attack ISIS with full force. This meant 25 strikes in Syria and another 6 in Iraq. Some of the ISIS areas under attack included units near Bab, along with those in Raqqa, and various underground units.
President Trump promised to destroy ISIS as quickly as possible and it doesn’t look like he’s wasting any time.
What do you think of Trump and Mattis’ swift actions on day one?