DECEMBER 3, 2016 – General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, the famous ex-Marine and the hero of countless conflicts and wars, has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump as his Secretary of Defence.
And what an extraordinary man and colorful figure Mattis is. Here are some of the things that he has said over the years.
“I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.”
“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet. (Time Magazine).
“You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.” (In a letter Mattis wrote to his Marines the night before the March 2003 Iraq invasion).
“I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.” (San Diego Union Tribune).
“You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot.
It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.” (CNN)
“Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.” (Letter to First Marine Division)
“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.” (San Diego Union Tribune).
Mattis sounds like my type of man: a real warrior with the heart of a Viking. With him as Secretary of Defence I have no doubt that America, and indeed the world, will be a better and safer place.
Trump has done well by cultivating the courage to nominate him. The President-elect has done equally well by appointing Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his National Security Advisor.
This another interesting and colourful character who appears to understand the challenge that the world is facing today very well.
A well-experienced and exteemly tough military intelligence officer who served courageously and meritoriously in Iraq and Afghaniatan he is undoubtedly the quentissential “braveheart”.
In his 2016 book titled “The Field Of Fight” he characterised U.S. counter-intelligence as “a world war against a messianic mass movement of evil people”.
In a speech earlier this year, he called Islam “a cancer” and “a political ideology” that “hides behind this notion of being a religion.”
He went on to say that given what is happening in todays world “the fear of Muslims is rational”.
Permit me to share his exact words:
“We are facing another ‘ism,’ just like we faced Nazism, and fascism, and imperialism and communism,” Flynn said. “This is Islamism, it is a vicious cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people on this planet and it has to be excised.”
For the record let me be clear. I do not believe that Islam is a cancer but I do believe that radical islam most certainly is.
Again I disagree with his assertion that Islam is not a religion and I reject the notion that all of the 1.7 billion Muslims in the world today are violent extreemists and fundamentalists.
I believe that Islam is indeed a religion and that most Muslims are decent, God-fearing, law-abiding people. I do not believe that all Muslims are terrorists.
However this cannot be said of the Islamic fundamentalists and jihadists. I believe that Islamic fundamentalism is indeed a cruel, vicious and unrelenting political ideology.
As a matter of fact it is worst than that: it is not just a political ideology but also a deadly and violent tool of and vehicle for genocide, mass murder, tyranny, subjugation, political conquest and oppression.
It is the greatest evil that humanity has been confronted with since the slave trade, colonialism, fascism, communism and imperialism and it must be defeated and utterly crushed lest it consummes us all.
The truth is that it is worse than cancer. It is a cultural and political nuclear bomb that is preparing to explode and destroy the entire world.
In spite of his sweeping generalisations and his inability to make a clear distinction between radical Islam and Islam itself, I believe that Flynn will still make an excellent NSA because he understands the nature and mindset of the enemy very well.
He is also deeply courageous, utterly fearless and forthright: by all standards he is a profoundly good man and a loyal and patriotic American.
The truth is that Trump is assembling a great team of people that will make American foreign policy more virile, change the face of the world and crush terrorism and radical Islam.
That is what the world needs today and that is why I supported him right from the outset.
Finally it gives me great pleasure to note the fact that my old friend Adebayo Ogunlesi has been appointed as a member of Trump’s economic advisory team.
Where are those that said Trump hates Nigerians? Congratulations Bayo and keep the flag flying!