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Trump Chooses Mattis for Defense Secretary

The New York Times reports that “President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Thursday he had chosen James N. Mattis, a hard-charging retired general who led a Marine division to Baghdad during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, to serve as his secretary of defense.”

“Mr. Trump made the announcement at a rally in Cincinnati, calling General Mattis ‘the closest thing we have to Gen. George Patton.’”

“General Mattis, 66, led the United States Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East and Southwest Asia, from 2010 to 2013. His tour there was cut short by the Obama administration, which believed he was too hawkish on Iran.”

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