Defense Secretary James Mattis has been referred to as a “warrior monk.”
He was renowned among Marines for his rigorous studies of military history.
So when China’s former Defense Minister posed a question to Mattis, he wasn’t expecting this answer.
A new report says that Defense Secretary Mattis took a swipe at the Chinese military in 2017 during the summit between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The Washington Times reports:
The defense secretary was asked by then-Defense Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan what kind of military he would prefer to face in conflict.
Mr. Mattis responded that his preference, if he had to choose whom to wage war against, would be a military that conducts lots of training but has very little experience in combat. The reason? Nothing can replace the experience of combat and the chaos of war, something that even the most rigorous training regimens often cannot prepare militaries to deal with.
The comment was a not-so-subtle dig at the PLA, which is known to conduct lots of training exercises with an array of new ships, tanks and missiles but has not faced ground combat since the three-week border war with Vietnam in 1979.
Defense Secretary Mattis seems to embody President Teddy Roosevelt’s motto, “speak softly and carry a big stick.”
Once in giving advice to Marines in Iraq, Mattis said, “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
It’s likely that as Defense Secretary James Mattis takes a similar approach to foreign policy.
He’s proven by his rout of ISIS that America is no longer leading from behind.
In his time serving in President Trump’s cabinet he’s clearly taken strides to revitalize the military that suffered under eight years of Barack Obama’s politically correct regulations.
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