James Mattis ‘s call sign was ‘Mad Dog’….
The US Marine earned commanded US Troops in combat….
Donald Trump knocking the guy who keep his butt out of trouble and had to0 leave for doing so is disingenuous….
“I’m not just an overrated general. I’m the world’s greatest overrated general,” joked Mattis, who received a standing ovation as he stepped to the dais. “I’m honored to be called that by Donald Trump, because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actor. So I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals.
Mattis had said in an interview in August that his silence about Trump was “not going to be forever.”
One of the general’s most biting jokes came in relation to Trump’s infamous deferment of military service in Vietnam over alleged bone spurs in his feet.
“I earned my spurs on the battlefield; Donald Trump earned his spurs in a letter from a doctor,” Mattis said.
Mattis, a retired Marine Corps four-star general, served as Trump‘s first defense secretary, but resigned in December 2018 over policy differences, particularly Trump’s plans to pull out American troops from Syria, writing in his resignation letter that Trump should have a defense secretary “whose views are better aligned” with his own.
He joked on Thursday that his work in combat zones overseas was easier than being in Trump’s Washington.
“I tried to bring some peace and order to the places with no organized government, chaotic and warring factions, irrational fears, and toxic hatred. It was hard work, but it wasn’t until I started working in Washington, D.C., that I realized how easy I had it overseas in the combat zone.”….