OORAH!!! Palin Doesn’t Deserve to Comment on James Mattis!


070527-N-3642E-261 Washington, D.C. (Sept 27, 2007) - Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis, testifies before the Committee on Armed Services during his confirmation hearing for appointment to Commander, United States Joint Forces Command and Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation.  U.S. Navy photo by MCC(AW) Shawn P. Eklund (RELEASED)

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Those four words were the total of the remarks Sarah Palin on Facebook regarding the confirmation of James Mattis.  She linked her post to a story on the SarahPalin.com web site that wasn’t written by Palin.  Anyone reading Palin’s remarks would assume the confirmation of Mattis was a hard-fought victory for Trump and/or Palin.  The reality is just the opposite.
“The biggest concern of Mattis’ detractors (people who oppose his confirmation as the Secretary of Defense) is the principle of civilian control of the military — which is why the law requires a cooling off period before active military officials can serve as the top defense official.”  Mattis retired from the military in 2013, but current federal law bars military from serving as Secretary of Defense unless they retired at least seven years before.  Thus before Mattis could be confirmed, the House had to pass a waiver of the rule for Mattis.  The House passed the waiver in a 268-151 vote.  There are currently 194 Democrats in the House, so 43 Democrats voted in favor of the waiver.  Of course Palin didn’t vote since she’s not a politician of any kind.  She’s also never served in the military, so for her to pass judgment on James Mattis is offensive,  presumptuous,and arrogant.
Mattis also demonstrated in his confirmation hearing that Donald Trump would not dictate his decisions.  For example Mattis is against using waterboarding as a form of torture, but Trump and Palin have both endorsed it.

 

Much of Mattis’ hearing focused on areas where Trump and Mattis might diverge in views.  John McCain asked Mattis about Trump’s friend Vladimir Putin.  Trump has repeatedly spoken favorably about Putin and for months denied Russia’s role in a hacking and misinformation campaign designed to influence the election.  McCain said:  “I’ve watched three presidents commit themselves to new relationships with Vladimir Putin. All three have been an abysmal failure.” McCain asked Mattis what he would do.
“I think right now the most important thing is that we recognize the reality of what we deal with (in) Mr. Putin,” Mattis said. “We recognize that he is trying to break the North Atlantic alliance, 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.”  Mattis identified Russian aggression, terrorism and Chinese actions in the South China Sea as the biggest security issues since WWII.
“I think deterrence is critical right now, sir, absolutely, and that requires a strong military,” Mattis said, arguing that the US military is not robust enough right now.
He answered similar questions about Moscow from the top Democrat on the committee, Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island.
“I’m all for engagement, but we also have to recognize reality and what Russia is up to,” Mattis said. “There’s a decreasing number of areas where we can engage cooperatively and an increasing number of areas where we’re going to have to confront Russia.”
The topic of NATO was also raised by multiple senators. On the campaign trail, Trump indicated he may reconsider aspects of the US alliance with NATO, alarming lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Mattis, a former supreme allied commander of NATO, voiced unequivocal support for the alliance and said he had said as much to Trump.
“NATO, from my perspective ... is the most successful military alliance certainly in modern world history, probably ever,” Mattis said. “I have had discussions with him on this issue. He has shown himself open, even to the point of asking more questions and going deeper into the issue about why I feel so strongly.”
Some the Democrats in the House indicated during the confirmation hearing that they backed Mattis as defense secretary precisely as a check on Trump’s use of military force.  Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal said:  “Let me say very bluntly: If there were ever a case for a waiver of that principle, it is you at this moment in our history.” “Your appreciation for the costs of war in blood, treasure and lives, and the impact on veterans afterward, will enable you to be a check on rash and potentially ill-considered use of military force by a President-elect who perhaps lacks that same appreciation.”
Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren seemed pleased when she asked Mattis under what circumstances he would be forceful in expressing his views, even when they diverged with the President.
“On every circumstance, Senator,” Mattis said.
Here are some of the more famous quotes of Mattis:
“Whenever you show anger or disgust toward civilians, it’s a victory for al-Qaeda and other insurgents.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Find the enemy that wants to end this experiment (in American democracy) and kill every one of them until they’re so sick of the killing that they leave us and our freedoms intact.”
“Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.”
“The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”  
It is refreshing that Mattis seems to be the tough, experienced, soldier who understands and appreciates the importance of diplomacy and strength.  He is the real deal.  Sarah Palin is not!  Ooraah!
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6 thoughts on “OORAH!!! Palin Doesn’t Deserve to Comment on James Mattis!

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  1. Maybe this one time Trump made a decent choice. Sure old Putin doesn’t like this choice. Palin is fraudulent, whacked out white trash that keeps inserting herself into situations she has no business being in. Shut up already!

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  2. Everybody and their dog knows that $arah is no military expert, no energy expert, no expert on anything except running her mouth all word salady-like to “appear” intelligent (HAH!) for $$ and even THAT is drying up.

    I had to cow laugh at her big unveiling of the web page. How unprofessional can you get? But that’s $arah, for you. No self-awareness whatsoever that the more she spews, the deeper hole she digs herself.

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