General ‘Oorah’ Mattis: Confirmed

Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”  

These are difficult times for the U.S. military, under Obama’s administration the dominant view was that military expenditure was pillaged because liberals view conflict as a form of social work and wanted to bring to heel any indigenous source of authority outside themselves; threatened by authorities that aren’t controllable, team Obama has drawn even with the Pentagon.  Now with a new administration, Team Trump has rejoiced in the confirmation of General Mattis.  Here’s why.

Enlisted in 1969, this four star General with mission experience throughout Mesopotamia and CENTCOM knows a thing or two about both our alliance system, procurement and credible threat deterrence.  His candor speaks of strength and a deep personal willingness to talk tough about intractable subjects like Iran.  He’s also familiar with the crisis of morale that threatens our entire military.  He knows that pilots fly B-52’s built by their grandfathers and maintenance crews who dig up spare parts in museums.  General Mattis has been picked to fix a dysfunctional Pentagon.  His presence alone has raised confidence levels throughout the globe with reportage of wayward allies acknowledging leadership.  The view of using the military as a political or cultural bludgeon is over.

This is what he wrote in a recent letter:  ” ‘Winging it’ and filling body bags as we sort out what works reminds us of moral dictates, and the cost of competence in our profession.”  

Prepare the sons of Ishmael, for the Great Satan will unleash hell.  Let’s Roll. 1b1c


About William Holland

Systematic Theologian/International Relations
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