People today don’t understand the importance of winning wars from generations past and how that success directly affects their freedom.
Following World War II the United States and its military might helped maintain peace, supported reconstruction and helped plan the alignment of the world’s nations.
That order kept the world stable, despite military conflicts and foreign economic instability, in a way that ushered in unparalleled prosperity in the US.
That world order could unravel if its enemies prosper, and the man pegged as the next secretary of defense warned of three specific threats. From Independent Journal Review:
“I think it’s under the biggest attack since World War II, and that’s from Russia, from terrorist groups and with what China is doing in the South China Sea,” said Retired U.S. Marine Corps General James Mattis.
He made his statement Thursday during his confirmation hearing for secretary of defense before the Senate Committee on Armed Services. Mattis was peppered by senators and showed he can more than stand his ground against opposition.
Mattis also said that “deterrence is critical” to keep those threats at bay, adding that he does not believe the military in its current form is capable of maintaining that deterrence.
The former U.S. Central Command leader stressed the US must recognize the reality of assessing Russian President Vladimir Putin and his incursions against interests of the US and its allies long-established since World War II.
“I think right now the most important [thing] is that we recognize … that he is trying to break the north Atlantic alliance,” Mattis said. “And that we take the steps – the integrated steps – diplomatic, economic, military and the alliance steps working with our allies to defend ourselves where we must.”
President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly said the US military is not up to its capabilities and should be rebuilt to a status bigger and more powerful than ever before.
Mattis, as a retired military officer, is in a unique situation where he must gain a Congressional waiver to serve as secretary of defense. He retired less than seven years ago, the minimum time allowed by law for a retired military person to serve in that position.
The waiver appears on track to clear both chambers before week’s end so it’s ready for Trump’s signature soon after he’s sworn into office next Friday.
Mattis’ waiver passed in the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, as well as the full Senate.
If confirmed, Mattis would be the first general since George Marshall was picked by President Harry Truman to lead the Pentagon.
American influence, whether economics or military, has suffered tremendously the last eight years. Trump is putting in place a team of successful business men to change the economics and a bad-ass group of military veterans to boost the military.
The US needs a little Mad Dog to deter its enemies from pushing further across lines drawn by the long-standing world order. Nations depend on the US, and the country depends on its military to maintain that support worldwide.
Source: Independent Journal Review