I don’t know about you guys, but my news feeds were all filled with the buzz that retired Marine Corps General James Mattis was selected by Trump to be nominated for the position of Secretary of Defense. Every single veteran and current service member I know has been singing the praises of this particular choice – regardless of political views – and Mattis memes are dominating my social media page like I’ve never seen before.
As critical and doubtful I am of our President-elect, this was a stellar choice.
Mattis knows and understands the military.
His troops love and respect him – even now that he’s retired.
He is widely considered to have been one of the most competent, seasoned military officers in recent history.
He understands military strategy and tactics, and is able to effectively balance the mission with care for his troops.
And he understands military-civilian relations, which is critical in the position of Secretary of Defense, as he works with both civilian policy makers and military personnel to lead America’s defenses. Hell, he’s edited a book about this!
But of course, there’s at least one doofus who has gone full potato (and was stupid enough to publicly admit it) about the suggestion that James Mattis become Trump’s Secretary of Defense.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) came out against Donald Trump’s selection of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for secretary of Defense, saying she would not support a necessary congressional waiver to allow him to take on the role.Gillibrand is the first lawmaker to oppose waiving the prohibition on former military officers heading the Pentagon less than seven years after retiring.
“While I deeply respect General Mattis’s service, I will oppose a waiver,” she said in a statement. “Civilian control of our military is a fundamental principle of American democracy, and I will not vote for an exception to this rule.”
This is where I have to laugh at this daft bint and challenge her claim that she’s opposing Mattis’ selection for the sake of any kind of fundamental principles, especially not ones of American democracy.
First – we already have civilian control of the U.S. military. He’s called the President of the United States, or… you know… the Commander-in-Chief of the US military.
Second – it’s not like we haven’t had veterans serve as Secretaries of Defense! Over the last 64 years, there have been numerous SecDefs who have served – seven have come from the Navy, with seven from the Army, and one from the Air Force.
Who better to care for our armed forces, participate in decision making that impacts the military, and represent us in military alliances than a man who has spent a lifetime as a warrior, who is known for caring for the troops, and is a known intellectual?
Gillibrand’s excuse for opposing Mattis doesn’t pass muster. It is more likely that she’s already positioning herself to be the anti-Trump in the 2020 election, and what better way to do that than to oppose his nominees?
Of course, if that’s the case, she has not picked her battles wisely. Mattis is widely respected by a vast number of people in Washington, and chances are, he will not just get the Congressional go-ahead and be confirmed as the Secretary of Defense, but it will likely happen with overwhelming support from both sides of the political aisle, leaving her as one of the few doofuses who screeched for attention in the wrong arena.
But hey, if she wants to squander her political capital on a cause as stupid as opposing a supremely qualified candidate to head the Pentagon, so be it. All it will do is mar any credibility she may have had as a potential Commander-in-Chief.
Hey, did you hear Kirsten Gillibrand is running for President?
Isn’t she the moron who opposed the nomination of Jim Mattis as SECDEF?
Yeah, and now she wants to be the Commander-in-Chief!
*gigglesnort* Yeah, that’s sure to emphasize her understanding of the military she wants to be elected to lead!