New Pentagon chief an instant hit in Japan, South Korea

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  • military mom Herriman, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 7:28 a.m.

    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.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Feb. 4, 2017 4:43 p.m.

    "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?