Although Secretary of Defense James Mattis has mentioned that he is not particularly fond of the nickname “Mad Dog Mattis,” you’d have to admit that there is a very good reason for him earning such a nickname.
The keyword to that sentence…is EARNED.
After returning to the U.S. following a meeting with allies in the Middle East and Europe, it is Mattis who wasted no time once he touched down again, getting right back to work as soon as possible. According to reports the Secretary of Defense took only three hour before he himself was heading back to work at the Pentagon.
He wanted to waste no time, and with good reason…he wanted to handle business.
While he was away, the meetings he attended were mostly to discuss the topic that has the Trump administration frustrated right now. Mattis took time in the meeting to warn NATO defense ministers to increase their defense spending or else the U.S. would be sure to cut back on its own investment.
“America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to the alliance, each of your capitals needs to show its support for our common defense. No longer can the American taxpayer carry a disproportionate share of the defense of Western values. Americans cannot care more for your children’s security than you do. Disregard for military readiness demonstrates a lack of respect for ourselves, for the alliance and for the freedoms we inherited, which are now clearly threatened.”
Mattis was also sitting with leaders while visiting the Middle East when he alleviated Iraqis’ fears that the U.S was there to capture the country’s oil…no we’re not.
“We’re going to make certain we’ve got good shared situational awareness of what we face as we work together, fight alongside each other to destroy ISIS. That’s the point about going in there.”
Mattis attained the nickname “Mad Dog” after commanding combat troops into the Persian Gulf War in 1991, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq in the early 2000s. Also, because he’s an eager student of history, his other nickname is “The Warrior Monk.”
Mattis’s work ethic should fit just fine with Trumps:
For those few people knocking me for tweeting at three o’clock in the morning, at least you know I will be there, awake, to answer the call!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
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