I’m sure most of my readers know that retired US Marine General James N. Mattis is being considered for the post of Secretary of Defense by President-elect Donald Trump. His uncompromising stance and sometimes . . . ah . . . expressive rhetoric have raised a few eyebrows (not to mention concerns). I’d have to say he seems like a modern version of Chesty Puller, from all I’ve heard – a “Marine’s Marine” – and I can’t think that’s a bad thing. If he’s appointed SecDef, I expect at least two-thirds of the Marine Corps to be heavily hung-over the morning after the announcement, and the entire Marine Corps to be under the weather the morning after he’s sworn in!
Be that as it may. Gorges’ Grouse has a heartwarming story about him back when he was a Brigadier-General. Go read it for yourself. It shows the more human side of the man – and a background that, sadly, few Secretaries of Defense have had, for far too long.
EDITED TO ADD: The original link seems to have gone down, so here’s another link to the same story.