- General Mattis’ performance at a New York benefit dinner where he humorously took down the President with such one liner’s as: I earned my spurs on the battlefield while Trump earned his spurs from a letter from a doctor, made me curious about the former Secretary of Defense. Mattis wrote a letter of resignation, which questioned the President’s policies. However, the President’s spin was: You’re fired.
My curiosity was peaked. Who is this General Mattis? A college graduate from Central Washington University who rose through the ranks of the Marine Corps during the Gulf War, War in Afghanistan, Iraq War, and the two battles of Fallujah. He’s described as intellectual, urbane, and polished. (A DC rarity). He trained all of his Marines in cultural sensitivity to Mid-Eastern ways. In fact, as his troops were monitoring Iraqi protests, he insisted they give Iraqi citizens bottles of ice water–hard to throw a rock at someone’s who’s given you a cold drink on a 120-degree day.
According to some who served with him, he forsook his plush quarters and spent nights in the trenches with his men. (Hmm. No comment.) Further, General Mattis, a bachelor, is described as a devout Catholic and chooses not to talk about it.
Finally, he advocates for international foreign policy. He’s stated that his own troops have been affected by climate change, not to mention the ravages of terrorist groups, whom prey on innocent citizens.
America has had 12 Generals elected President from Washington through Eisenhower, so this is not a new idea. Yet, let us pause to imagine a culturally-sensitive, humble, urbane, intellectual President. Could he heal our fractured America? Unless, you can sell me on someone else, I’m voting Mattis in 2020! (I just wish I had enough money to convince others.)