Secretary of Defense James Mattis is known for being blunt and telling it like it is.
On Saturday, Mattis spoke at the United States Military Academy in New York, where he explained to the graduates what America is really made of.
“Nothing better represents America’s awesome determination to defend herself than this graduating class,” he said. “You will drive home a salient point that free men and women will volunteer to fight, ethically and fiercely, to defend our experiment that you and I call, simply, ‘America.’
“We Americans are not made of cotton candy,” he said later in the speech, evoking loud applause from the graduating class of 2017.
“Manchester’s tragic loss underscores the purpose of your years of study and training at this elite school,” Mattis continued. “We must never permit murderers to define our time or warp our sense of normal. This is not normal.”
You can always rely on Mattis to speak his mind. He is absolutely right. Our country was founded on toughness, hard work, and the desire to be the best. So long as we stick to our core values, we will continue to be the most powerful country in the world.
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