Mattis, in addition to having an excellent reputation as a military commander,
is a voracious reader and while in uniform, developed an extensive reading list
for his subordinates including works by Marcus Aurelius, Erwin Rommel, John
Keegan, and a host of others. Consequently, he understands history, tactics,
culture, and how to apply lessons learned from ancient and modern warfare. Would
that our president, who has said he doesn't have time to read but has time
to watch SNL, should follow the example set by his Secretary of Defense.
"Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was effusive in his endorsement as the
two shook hands Friday "That's called D i p l o m a c
y.The Japanese and the South Koreans were nice to him, huh? But it
doesn't necessarily mean that he was an "instant hit," just because
they told him what he wanted to hear.It doesn't even mean they
like him.What did you expect them to do?