General James “Maddog” Mattis became our secretary of defense on January 20, 2017 as President Donald Trump was sworn in. That date will go down as a pivot point in American history, as people who truly care about America took the reigns .
While at the international terrorism conference in Aqaba, Jordan, Mattis reminded us exactly why we are in good hands with him as our SOD.
Breitbart reporter Kristina Wong was asked to pass on a message from a U.S. Marine, to General Mattis.
The Marine said, “Ask him if he has coins,” then he jokingly said, “They’re probably blocks of granite!”
The Marine also said, “Tell him his Marines love him.”
Upon getting with Mattis, Wong relayed the message, and questioned the General on whether or not he had any challenge coins, which are coins carries by defense leaders and given to military members as a token of appreciation.
When she asked him about the coins, our good defense secretary simply smiled and told her that he did not have any coins.
His reason why is absolutely excellent. Mattis said, “I’m saving money for bombs.”
The story encapsulates how Mattis has approached his first year as Defense Secretary: laser-focused on combat-effectiveness, fiscal responsibility, and maintaining a low-profile.
“Mattis sees his job as carrying out the president’s military priorities and that’s it. He doesn’t see his job as making policy or ‘fixing’ President Trump’s agenda,” said Rebeccah L. Heinrichs, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.
“Mattis and Trump seem to have, at their core, the same guiding principle. Mattis’s ‘taking our own side in the fight’ is Trump’s ‘putting America first.’ How can we carry out our military objectives as efficiently and successfully as possible?” she said.
So far, Mattis’s focus on combat-effectiveness appears to be working.
Tasked by President Trump, Mattis has overseen a U.S.-backed war that has decimated the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria. After the president ordered a 30-day review, the Pentagon rolled out its strategy on May 19, which has been credited with taking out ISIS faster than most experts — and even commanders — expected.
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