UPDATE: At the first stop of his “Thank You” tour in Cincinnati, President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed that he will indeed nominate General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as Secretary of Defense. The official announcement will happen on Monday.
The Washington Post reports that sources familiar with the decision have informed them that President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis to be Secretary of Defense. The official announcement could come as early as next week.
General Mattis retired less than four years ago. He was responsible for leading operations across the Middle East. In order for Mattis to assume the position, Congress will also have to pass new legislation. Current law requires any Secretary of Defense to not have been on active duty in the previous seven years. Passing such legislation is not expected to be a problem.
The resume and background of General Mattis is impressive, to say the least.
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.
Like Trump, Mattis favors a tougher stance against U.S. adversaries abroad, especially Iran. The general, speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in April, said that while security discussions often focus on terrorist groups such as the Islamic State or al-Qaeda, the Iranian regime is “the single most enduring threat to stability and peace in the Middle East.”
To learn more about General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, watch this excellent video. It is a 40-minute extensive interview of General Mattis by Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution.