I trust that you all know already that the Fuhrer has appointed Mad Dog Mattis to serve as Secretary of Defense, and that Mattis has not yet been separated from the military for the seven years required to hold that post. My gut instinct is to oppose the appointment, but I wonder. Is Mad Dog such a bad dog?
Several Democratic lawmakers are raising concerns about Congress passing legislation to allow retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis to be secretary of defense so soon after taking off his military uniform. But President Obama’s former defense secretary Leon Panetta believes Mattis should get the waiver and the job, he told me in an interview.
“It’s important that the Congress in the process of providing that waiver makes sure that Jim Mattis understands that he has to play a role not just on the military side but also on the civilian side. I think he does,” Panetta told me on the sidelines of the Reagan National Defense Forum on Saturday.
Panetta also said the 1947 law mandating that a defense secretary be out of uniform for 10 years — later changed to seven — was “arbitrary” and was crafted in a different era when generals had a singular role as war fighters, whereas today’s generals have more diverse roles…
From <Washington Post>
I agree with Phyllis Bennis about the importance of the principle of civilian control of the media. I agree with Jeremy Bash that Mattis is a well-qualified military manager. He is also opposed to Trump on torture, Syria, and Russia.
If as waiver for Mattis is to be approved, it needs to be approved to be done openly with congressional hearings and debate. Sneaking it through in a continuing resolution is sleazy! In other words, it’s Republican.
In addition, given the Fuhrer’s penchant for ignoring and breaking rules, caving-in to it sets a bad precedent. On the other hand, while I don’t like Mattis at all, he is the most qualified and least objectionable of all the Fuhrer’s appointees to date. He would oppose Flynn, aka General Ripper, by representing at least some honor and decency. If he is rejected, God only knows what the Fuhrer might appoint next.
I’m still undecided on this one, but I hope this helps clarify the issues.