Secretary of Defense James Mattis has a reputation for being very blunt as well be willing to do whatever is necessary to protect America’s security.
How Mattis responded to a question from John Dickerson on CBS’ “Face the Nation” is a reminder of exactly why he’s known as “Mad Dog Mattis.”
“What keeps you awake at night?” Dickerson asked Mattis, undoubtedly expecting a reply about America’s enemies and how vulnerable we are.
Instead, a stone-faced Mattis gave what may be his greatest response of all time.
“Nothing. I keep other people awake at night,” Mattis said, presumably referring to those who wish America harm.
Watch the exchange below:
If this line doesn’t perfectly sum up just the type of military leader America needs right now, then I don’t know what does. Mattis is just the type of hardened warrior that America needs in this chaotic time.
It’s nice to know that Mattis has a hand in our military, especially at a time when Iran is developing nuclear weapons, Russia is making aggressive moves all over the globe and North Korea is becoming a serious threat.
Mattis also showed his concern for America’s internal affairs during the CBS News interview, pointing out that some of the America’s very identity is slipping away and being replaced by vile rhetoric on both sides — something he hopes will stop.
“And I — I just hope we can find our way back to engaging with one another, arguing strongly with one another, and then going down and having a root beer together or something and — and having a good laugh about it as we work together for the best interests of the next generation of Americans who are going to inherit this country,” he said.
You can watch the full interview here:
I think all of us can sleep better knowing there is a warrior like Mattis on the front lines — a warrior who isn’t afraid to do what is necessary to keep this country safe, but one who is also concerned about the internal direction the country is heading.
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