Radical Islamic jihadis the world over are likely shaking in their boots today as lawmakers — in both chambers of Congress — have now approved the waiver that will allow Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis to serve as secretary of defense.
Mattis, a superb general — and easily one of the most quotable military men on the planet — is hard as nails when it comes to keeping our nation safe. He’s made it plain on many occasions how he operates when it comes to matters of national security.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Lawmakers in both chambers of Congress have voted to pass legislation allowing retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to serve as secretary of defense in the administration of Donald Trump.
The House took up the Senate version of the bill on Friday, voting 268-151 to create an exception allowing Mattis to lead the Pentagon. The Senate overwhelmingly passed the legislation in a bipartisan 81-17 vote on Thursday, clearing a 60-vote threshold.
The legislation now heads to the White House for signature.
Military personnel are required by law to be separated from the armed forces for at least seven years in order to serve as secretary of defense; Mattis has been out of uniform for three years. Congress has only once before created an exemption to the law, voting for a waiver to allow Gen. George Marshall to lead the Defense Department in the 1950s.
Republicans and many Democrats have embraced Mattis as a formidable choice for secretary of defense, though some have expressed concerns about the implications that Mattis’ appointment might have on the constitutional principle of civilian control of the military.
In testimony before the Senate Committee on Armed Services on Thursday, Mattis outlined his priorities should he be confirmed as defense secretary, pledging to “strengthen military readiness, strengthen our alliances, and bring business reforms to the Department of Defense.” The retired four-star general also assured lawmakers that he would exercise “strong civilian leadership” of the Defense Department.
“Civilian control of the military is a fundamental tenet of the American military tradition,” Mattis said. “If the Senate consents and if the full Congress passes an exception to the seven-year requirement, I will provide strong civilian leadership of military plans and decisions and the Department of Defense.”
For the last eight years we’ve all witnessed the weak foreign policy of President Obama, and experienced its devastating impact on our national security, and reputation on the world stage.
Terrorists from ISIS, sensing the weakness of our current commander in chief, have attacked us on our soil numerous times, knowing there wouldn’t be much in the way of repercussions as long as Obama was at the wheel.
Those days are over.
With Trump and Mattis now in charge of national defense, we should see some drastic change in how we deal with groups like ISIS, meaning they’ll hopefully be completely destroyed.
It’s unfortunate, but it seems the only language these folks understand is sheer force. And, now we have someone in charge who isn’t afraid to use it.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]