There’s no one as straightforward and no nonsense as Defense Secretary James Mattis. He is one of the only people associated with the Trump administration that I respect. I somehow wish he could have been president. (that may be the Marine Infantryman in me fan-girling though)
Bret Baier interviewed him last week, some diaries have popped up regarding some of his comments but i wanted to highlight something that struck me as awesome.
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) December 1, 2018
Secretary Mattis during his discussion with @BretBaier: “I’m not paid to be optimistic or pessimistic. I maintain a military that is second to none with the fervent hope that we won’t have to employ it, but I have no doubt about the outcome if we must.” pic.twitter.com/mUydtucGDf
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) December 2, 2018
At one point, Baier asked Mattis if he had any plans to leave the administration, and Mattis’ response was BRUTALLY honest.
“Well, if I did, Bret, you wouldn’t be the one to know.”
“But, you know, we’ve got to get back to the point where service in this country is something you do,” he continued. “I mean, to tell you the truth, the only reason I’m back in this low-paying outfit — (Laughter.) — is because I love the troops, because I learned to hate mine fields at age 21, but I love guys so valiant they would go through looking for something they didn’t want to find, because they didn’t want their buddy behind them to step on it, and the other reason is I’ve got a love affair of the U.S. Constitution. I’ll just leave it at that.”
I went looking for this because i had recently approached Secretary/General Mattis about appearing on a radio show I produce and co-host. He agreed to appear in January. That was until last week, our mutual friend reached out and informed me that he, Mattis, needed to reschedule for the Spring when he would have more “flexibility” in his schedule. Made me wonder.
Hope some readers here can also appreciate his sentiment and his character. I love it and wrote this just to throw my guy a little love.
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