Defense Secretary James Mattis Visits Border, Is Awesome

Defense Secretary James Mattis Visits Border, Is Awesome

Defense Secretary James Mattis Visits Border, Is Awesome

Secretary of Defense James Mattis visited the United States border with Mexico. He allowed Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to travel with him. Mattis got an opportunity to get eyes on the situation, get briefed by the senior officers, and address the troops.

Warning before you continue reading. I am a General James Mattis fan girl. There may be a few over the top type squees in this post.

ABC.go.com posted an article titled “Mattis defends military’s border support mission while visiting troops in Texas”. From the article:

Defense Secretary James Mattis defended the deployment of thousands of active duty troops to the border with Mexico Wednesday, calling it “a moral and ethical mission to support our border patrolmen.”

While visiting with some of the soldiers deployed to the southern U.S. border, Mattis said “border security is part of national security” and stressed that the military mission is strictly to support U.S. Customs and Border Protection as it prepares for the arrival of four migrant caravans in the coming weeks.

Okay, I don’t know why in heck ABC thinks Mattis is defending the border support mission. Seems to me he was maybe just explaining it for the assembled reporters because the Defense Secretary knows that they have a bias, obvious to a chimpanzee, against the troops and any mission they undertake. Darn skippy that “border security is part of national security”. I may not be a genius but we don’t have an invading army in the “fashion of Ghengis Khan”. Our military is first and foremost charged with protecting our borders and our citizens. Defense of the nation is the military’s mission. Duh.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen speak with troops at Camp Donna outside of McAllen, Texas. Photo credit: Phil Stewart/Reuters

Mattis was curt and precise when he said:

Some military analysts have speculated that the deployment could end up costing as much as $200 million, but Mattis told reporters traveling with him that he was not able to provide a preliminary cost estimate because the information was still flowing into the Pentagon.

“So we can estimate costs all we want,” said Mattis. “I prefer to give you real costs.

Boom. Go, Mattis, go. Squee. There is more:

Four migrant caravans were making their way through Mexico to the U.S.

Several hundred migrants from the first caravan arrived in Tijuana on Tuesday where they are expected to rest and receive legal advice before approaching the border crossing at San Ysidro to request asylum.

I don’t give a fig what the elitists, Shepard Smith or Geraldo Rivera say. That sounds like an invading army to me.

Let us watch Secretary Mattis in action shall we:

What a thrill for those young soldiers. And did you see that knife hand action. Mattis would put his uniform on and join those kids in a nanosecond. So epic. The Daily Caller printed excerpts of Mattis’s speech to the troops:

“In the Army, we don’t care if you’re male or female, we don’t care where you go to church or if you go to church,” he said. “We just care when there’s trouble out there, will you keep the faith, will you ride for the brand, and when trouble looms, do you go toward the trouble to help your buddies.”

“Loyalty only matters when there’s a hundred reasons not to be loyal,” Mattis told the troops. “When it’s raining and you’re cold. It’s when you’re in a position where people are showing a lack of respect for each other elsewhere and you and your team are holding strong.”

“Nothing can shake you,” Mattis added.

I just have to say that I now have zero faith in Kirstjen Nielsen. She wore totally inappropriate footwear. Kitten heels, are you kidding me? I am a girly girl. Appropriate footwear for all occasions. I don’t trust women who wear inappropriate footwear. It’s a pet peeve.

As long as there are people like Secretary of Defense James Mattis, we can sleep peacefully in our beds. He is all about his men and his mission. Squee.

Feature photo credit: Phil Stewart/Reuters

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4 Comments
  • CaptDMO says:

    IMHO of course…..
    I’d LIKE to think that while “.. get briefed by the senior officers, and address the troops…” was on the official written agenda, he was actually addressing senior officers, and getting “briefed” by the troops.
    If it makes you feel any better, consider that Secretary Mattis may just have had Secretary Nielsen along for mentoring in “THIS is how it’s done!” , and why she should leave the fashion shoes, and “power broach”,
    on the plane.
    AGAIN iMHO, I don’t see him as someone who would bother with having her along if he knew it would be a waste of time.
    As always, I could be wrong.

    • SFC D says:

      Concur 100%, Capt! Secretary Mattis exemplifies the leadership traits that every branch of the military tries to instill, traits that transfer into the civilian world well. Now, if we could only get people in power to learn from him! A real leader is someone you WANT to follow, not somebody you have to follow.

  • GWB says:

    Why, given all the military on the border, were there “caravan migrants” successfully climbing the wall near Tijuana?
    And, why are we still talking about “support” as if we’re afraid of posse comitatus?
    *sigh*

  • Citizen Stan says:

    After a brief trial run I’m giving up on considering this site as being worthwhile other than its value as being entertaining in a slow train wreck journalistic writing sort of way. This article with its mediocre writing and “fan girl” attitude (squee!) sounds like it could have been written by a high school girl who is full of herself. I’ve read lots of articles in high school newspapers that were better written this this article. Unfortunately, this is typical of most of the articles I’ve read on this site. I decided to give this site a second try and keep an open mind, but the squees in this article were too much. Does anybody edit the writers’ contributions to this site? The one positive thing I can say about this article is that I agree with the writer that Secretary of Defense Mattis is an admirable person.

    For the writer of this piece, I have a non fan boy suggestion for you. Boom. Go girly girl, go. Go shoe shopping. Stop writing. Squee!

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