As the smoke clears and the protests subside — well, there’s no end to the protests in sight quite yet — we will have to ask the very crucial question: will Donald Trump deliver the goods to the American people or will he simply push American elitism and white supremacy to new heights?
Whatever the future holds, no one truly knows, but based on his first executive decisions — his cabinet picks — it’s clear that the US may be in for a bumpy, thumpy, Trumpy ride. Rhyming and rhetoric aside, let’s dig into one of the worst cabinet picks for Secretary of Defense: the bullet-dodging, Vietnam-dodging, combatless, Retired General James “Mad Dog” Mattis.
James “Mad Dog” Mattis: The Person
Now here’s a guy that embodies everything “military.” He lives and breathes the culture of the military — at least the part that doesn’t require him to actually participate in active combat. He has openly admitted that he enjoys killing people – more specifically, he enjoys killing Muslims and brown-skinned people from the Middle-East. Here are a few quotes from General Mattis that give a brief overview of his mindset:
You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.
I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f*** with me, I’ll kill you all.
And my personal favorite:
The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some a**holes in the world that just need to be shot.
I don’t completely disagree with this last one, but this is a guy that clearly professes his love for killing other human beings and is capable of doing so with little to no remorse. This is a fantastic quality to have for those on the ground, and in the heat of battle, but at some point we have to acknowledge that those without humanity will act inhumanely. Mattis is a perfect example of the inhumanity of our military culture and military itself. Let’s look at his career to form the foundation for his military indoctrination.
James “Mad Dog” Mattis: The Career
General Mattis, born September 8th, 1950, joined the marines in 1969 under Central Washington University’s ROTC program. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and was placed as a Second Lieutenant upon its completion. Because of his college years, Mattis wouldn’t be sent to Vietnam, nor would he actually see “combat” for more than 20 years.
Between graduating college and his first “combat” experience, he commanded various centers of the military, ranking up steadily, and once promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel, he commanded the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines in the Persian Gulf War. It is here where his disdain for Middle-Easterners and Muslims was solidified.
Since joining the military in 1969, the only combat Mattis ever experienced has been in the Middle-Eastern wars: The Persian Gulf, the Invasion of Afghanistan, and the Iraq War. Even though Mattis was eligible to be drafted to Vietname in ’68, he avoided the war by joining ROTC. Because his only participation was within Middle-Eastern wars, it is easy to see why he perceives Muslims and Middle-Easterners as enemies since those are the only people he’s ever met on the Battlefield (and even using that phraseology is being disingenuous to soldiers who actually fight on the battlefield).
James “Mad Dog” Mattis: The Lunatic
When Mattis finally saw combat, his blunders were numerous. In 2001, almost immediately after being deployed to Afghanistan, a group of green berets were pinned down while transporting the US puppet, and the then Afghan President Hamid Karzai to safety. But these berets weren’t put in this spot because of the enemy. They were attacked by US troops “accidentally” while under the command of Mattis. When asking for assistance to get the troops out of the area, who were now taking enemy fire, they were promptly told “no.” Mattis didn’t know what the situation was and wasn’t willing to send in troops to rescue those who were being killed while being sitting ducks. Some claim the decision was a good decision, others disagree. The fact that another unit had to rescue these troops seems to point to a miscalculation on the part of Mattis.
They would eventually be saved due to the quick actions taken by the Air Force SOCOM, no thanks to General Mattis who would rather them all die (probably to avoid the friendly fire news). But his blunders didn’t end there. He then, years later, made a decision to conduct airstrikes against a wedding ceremony.
There was a wedding underway in the deserts of Iraq. Mattis decided, based on circumstantial evidence at best, that there was no possible way a legitimate wedding could be taking place in the middle of the desert (even though there are thousands of families that live in the deserts of Iraq). Based on this decision, he fired upon them, killing many of the people attending the wedding.
When it was later confirmed that a wedding was taking place, Mattis was quoted as saying this:
Ten miles from the Syrian border and 80 miles from the nearest city and a wedding party? Don’t be naïve. Plus they had 30 males of military age with them. How many people go to the middle of the desert to have a wedding party?
So, because there were 16-30 year-olds at this wedding, and it wasn’t in a major city, it must be a terrorist plot — according to General Mattis. The same guy who openly admits his love for killing Muslims, Middle-Easterners, and anyone else he deems to have no “manhood.”
To top all of this off, Barack Obama forced him to retire early due to his extreme views against Iran. Where did his hatred of Iran come? From the need for vengeance. Back in 1983, an Iranian-trained suicide truck bomber killed 220 Marines. This is tragic, sure, and who can blame him for being upset by the death of Marines? I certainly don’t blame him. But, just because a suicide bomber happens to be of a certain nationality, doesn’t mean he/she represents that nation’s view(s). That would be like saying we should have warred with all European-Americans after Timothy McVeigh bombed the Alfred P. Murrah building. It would also be similar to having a rogue group from the US blow up some German troops, then forever wanting war with the US for what a small group of people did.
James “Mad Dog” Mattis: The Warmonger
Mattis openly calls for war with Iran, blames Iran for ISIS and claims ISIS is an Iranian-created group, and Iran needs to be taken out. Everyone claims that Mattis is this intellectual who knows history and is a great strategist. Well, I’m going to have to call that into question given that Iran hasn’t invaded another country in over 200 years. In fact, Iran has been one of the, if not THE, least aggressive nations in the Middle-East.
The fact that Mattis openly calls for the invasion and/or destruction of Iran means we should all question his judgment and we should be wary of his militaristic indoctrination. We should also understand, fully, that Mattis has never been an actual combat Marine. As they say: those that can, do. Those that can’t, teach. That’s what he did for 20 years and when he finally did see combat, it was while looking at a map, telling people where to go and denying attempts to save our troops.
As if Trump picking Mattis wasn’t a bad enough decision all on its own, he picked Mattis even when Mattis is ineligible for becoming Secretary of Defense. The law says that only someone who has been out of the military for 7 years is allowed to be Secretary of Defense. This policy was brought about to make sure the military would be run from the viewpoint of a civilian, rather than an indoctrinated, apathetic, blood-hungry warmonger.
Unfortunately for the rest of us, Trump and other Republicans love the rule of guns and love spilling the blood of anything that looks, talks, acts, or appears to be of Muslim descent or happens to be living in the Middle-East.
Given Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense – and other questionable picks (which I will write about later) – it’s clear that we are in for a very rough ride as a nation. I imagine Mattis will persuade Trump to do whatever he can to harm Iran and/or to start a war with Iran. Trump clearly doesn’t know what he’s doing, which means he’s going to listen to those he thinks knows what they’re doing, but given this draft-dodging, war-dodging, marine-killing man that Trump picked as SecDef, that may turn out to be a very disastrous decision.