James Mattis

(James Norman "Jim" Mattis | Mad Dog)

James Mattis
James Mattis
  • Born: September 8, 1950
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Military, Marine, US Secretary of Defense









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James Norman "Jim" Mattis is the 26th and current United States Secretary of Defense, serving in the Trump administration, and a retired United States Marine Corps general. He previously served as the 11th Commander of United States Central Command, the Unified Combatant Command responsible for American military operations in the Middle East, Northeast Africa, and Central Asia, from August 11, 2010, to March 22, 2013. Mattis was confirmed 98–1 by the United States Senate on January 20, 2017, the first member of President Trump's cabinet to be confirmed.

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Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet. War & Peace ;Military & Veterans
History will show you not all the answers, but it’ll tell you a lot of the questions to ask. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;History
I don’t care for ideological people. It’s like those people just want to stop thinking. Ideology
I get very very concerned when I hear people start characterizing their opponents as stupid. I still understand that because politics is a little rough and tumble at times, but I don’t buy it and when they start calling each other either crazy or evil. You and I, we don’t compromise with crazy people or evil people. And so, I don’t think that’s helpful. Generally speaking, just because someone disagrees with you doesn’t make them crazy or evil. Relationships ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I’ve always tried to help students because I think we owe it to you young folks to pass on what we learned going down the road so that you can make your own mistakes, not the same ones we made. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
If you don't fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition ultimately. So I think it's a cost-benefit ratio. The more that we put into the State Department's diplomacy, hopefully the less we have to put into a military budget as we deal with the outcome of an apparent American withdrawal from the international scene. Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Budgets & Budgeting ;Defense & National Security
PowerPoint makes us stupid. Leaders & Leadership ;Military & Veterans
The way that you get your diplomats listened to in an imperfect world is you make certain you back them up with hard power. The reason I say that is, as much as I’d like to live in a world where people who are out to do others harm would be willing to listen to rational thought, not everyone is. Diplomacy & Diplomats
There’s a carrying capacity in any society for how much change it can incorporate at any one time. Society ;Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
We in the Defense Department want to know what we are talking about when we provide information so it will take some time longer for us to get all the information. Management & Managing Government
Your military is hard-wired to approach everything with a can do attitude. Therefore reviewing and questioning us is helpful. Military & Veterans