A week ago, President Donald Trump reacted to the chemical weapons assault in Syria, that left almost 100 individuals dead, by propelling an airstrike on a Syrian airbase. Trump followed up that attack by stating that he won’t send troops into Syria, and that the airstrike was meant to put Syria on notice, as it went too far by utilizing chemical weapons.
When Defense Secretary Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis spoke about the air strike, he reiterated Trump’s announcement, and said America won’t be pushed around the way it was under Barack Obama’s administration. A correspondent then attempted to humiliate Mattis by inferring he was frightened of Russia. Well, “Mad Dog” wasn’t having any of it.
According to an article on Mr. Conservative, the snarky reporter said to Secretary Mattis, “The Russians have been very clear in their rhetoric. They’re saying that another response like you launched on April 6 would be (crossing) the red line for them. How are you so confident that this isn’t going to spiral out of control?”
Mr. Mattis then explained, curtly, “I’m confident the Russians will act in their own best interests, and there’s nothing in their best interest if this situation spirals out of control.”
More About “Mad Dog”
According to CNN, General Mattis received his “Mad Dog” nickname by the press, after the hard-fought Battle of Fallujah in Iraq, and due to some of his more chilling quotes, such as: “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet,” and, “a good soldier follows orders, but a true warrior wears his enemy’s skin like a poncho.” Whoa. I don’t know that I would want to question someone who thinks, much less says, those things.
That snarky reporter was lucky that Secretary Mattis is also known to be a wonderful person, well liked by his soldiers. He is also greatly respected by other generals, as well as many who are in power, particularly our President who, at one point said, “I don’t [always] agree [with General Mattis], but I would tell you that he will override because I’m giving him that power. He is an expert. He is the general’s general.”