Ever since president-elect Donald Trump named retired Marine Corps General James ‘Mad-Dog’ Mattis to be his secretary of defense, there’s been an online rush to the fainting couch by Marines who are THRILLED with his nomination.
Ken O’Brien Breiter told Independent Journal Review that Mattis is a Marine’s Marine:
“I remember one particular time about 4 years ago, General Mattis called me from Afghanistan around the holidays. I asked him if he was coming home for Christmas. He replied…’HELL NO, If My Marines are still here fighting and unable to go home then I sure as hell am not leaving them behind.’”
That’s why Marines are posting fan pics with the general. And who can blame them?
One Marine put as his Facebook status:
“Yay, The Mad Dog Mattis walks amongst us still!”
When asked by a non-Marine:
“Is he that well respected and liked among the Marines?”
A Marine chimed in:
“He is our lord and savior.”
Yes, that is how well loved General Mattis is among those who served under him as CentCom Commander.
But under U.S. Code, Title 10, Subtitle A, Part I, Chapter 2, § 113 General Mattis is precluded from becoming the Secretary of Defense:
A person may not be appointed as Secretary of Defense within seven years after relief from active duty as a commissioned officer of a regular component of an armed force.
That’s a problem.
At the Reagan National Defense Forum on Saturday, the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford was asked if he was concerned about Mattis becoming Secretary of Defense.
Former Governor and Senator Pete Wilson moderated the question, and when it was Dunford’s turn to answer, he did it without hesitation:
It wasn’t even a question for the Obama-named chairman. That wry smile, though:
His staccato-like answer spoke volumes to the Pentagon-friendly crowd at the event. They broke out in applause after his answer.
Both former Secretaries of Defense present, Leon Panetta and Dick Cheney, agreed that Mattis was the right choice at the right time.
The U.S. House of Representatives would have to confer a waiver for Mattis to serve.