President-elect Donald Trump has officially nominated retired Marine Corps General James ‘Mad-Dog’ Mattis for the position of secretary of defense. The news has been uniformly celebrated by conservatives. How is the Mattis nomination sitting with those on the left?

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That question was put to one of Obama’s own advisors last week at the Reagan National Defense Forum. At a press conference on Saturday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford was asked if he was concerned about Mattis becoming Secretary of Defense.

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His response was swift, direct, and absolutely free of spin. “No,” Chairman Dunford responded. That was it. The immediate response was met with a moment of awkward silence as everyone in the room expected Chairman Dunford to elaborate on his position. He didn’t.

As the silence stretched out, he gave a wry smile that told everyone in the room that he had answered the question, and then a peel of laughter spread around the room.

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Trump’s choice of Mattis is popular with those who are looking for a serious and intellectual leader who will take a stand against the external threats facing our nation. Mattis, known as “The Warrior Monk,” is seen as a fierce fighter. Add to this his unending study of warfare, tactics, and tacticians and you can see why he might be a good compliment for President-elect Trump.

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In an interview with The Independent Journal, Ken O’Brien Breiter characterized Mattis as a Marine’s Marine:

“I remember one particular time about 4 years ago, General Mattis called me from Afghanistan around the holidays. I asked him if he was coming home for Christmas. He replied…’HELL NO, If My Marines are still here fighting and unable to go home then I sure as hell am not leaving them behind.’”

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As General Mattis is widely supported, it seems there’s only one thing standing in the way of his appointment . U.S. Code, Title 10, Subtitle A, Part I, Chapter 2, § 113 precludes recently retired service men and women from becoming the Secretary of Defense. After a period of 7 years, they become eligible.  The U.S. House of Representatives will have to waive that restriction.

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There is irony in Mattis’s appointment. General Mattis was removed by President Obama who thought General Mattis wasn’t capable of dealing with civilians.