Although it’s been assumed for a while, the Senate has officially stated that retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis will be the next Secretary of Defense for the United States of America. This marks a critical change in this position since the majority of his predecessors have been civilians.
The major concern for democrats was voiced by New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. She expressed concerns about the fact that Mattis hadn’t been out of the military for the seven years that the law states. However, thanks to his jaw-dropping reputation and 44 years of service, the Senate made an exception.
The exception was made possible after Sen. John McCain learned of the possibility of Mattis. He then pushed a waiver to Congress which passed 81-17 and 268-151 in the House. Trump signed the legislation Friday. Mattis is now poised to lead the Department of Defense. The interesting part is Mattis had nothing to do with Trump and his campaign.
The Washington Post captured the General’s comments:
“I was not involved in the presidential campaign, and I was certainly not seeking or envisioning a position in any new administration. That said, it would be the highest honor if I am confirmed to lead those who volunteer to support and defend the constitution and to defend our people.”
The idea of placing a veteran in the position of Secretary of Defense makes much more sense than placing a civilian in the position. Wouldn’t it make sense to have a veteran making decisions over our war decisions? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!