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US Secretary of Defense James Mattis waits for Indonesia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi during an honor cordon at the Pentagon March 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

James Mattis Is an Ancient Roman Action Hero

In dealing with President Trump, the defense secretary seems to have done his reading on Emperor Nero.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, UNITED STATES:  The crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery (front row) Payload Specialist Chiaki Mukai and Mission Commander Curt Brown; Payload Specialist John Glenn; (C) and Mission Specialist Pedro Duque depart the Operations & Checkout building and head to the Space Shuttle Discovery to begin their mission into space from the Kennedy Space Center, FL 29 October 1998. Glenn, 77, a Payload specialist on Discovery was the first American to orbit the earth in 1962. Discoverys crew will conduct a variety of science experiments in the pressurized SPACEHAB module and deployment and retrieval of the Spartan free-flyer payload.  AFP PHOTO Tony Ranze (Photo credit should read TONY RANZE/AFP/Getty Images)

Godspeed, John Glenn. God Help Us, America.

The passing of a hero reminds us of a time when America’s leaders and aspirations inspired us.

BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, NJ - NOVEMBER 19:  (L to R) President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with retired United States Marine Corps general James Mattis after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A General to Be Secretary of Defense? A Good Choice For Civil-Military Relations

Appointing Mattis to a post that requires a congressional waiver is one civil-military issue I will not lose any sleep over.

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