Trump Picks 'Mad Dog' Mattis for Defense Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, who once bragged about how much he enjoyed killing people, for Secretary of Defense.

“It’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them,” Mattis said about Afghan men, when asked in 2005 about the people of Afghanistan. (Mattis led the Marines in the 2001 American invasion of Afghanistan.)

“Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know,” Mattis continued. “It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right upfront with you, I like brawling.”

Mattis, who retired in 2013, today believes that “political Islam” is one of the greatest threats to the nation’s security, reports the Washington Post.

Trump announced his pick at a rally in Ohio on Thursday evening.

“We are going to appoint ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as our secretary of Defense,” Trump said. “But we’re not announcing until Monday, so don’t tell anybody.”

The Constitution prohibits military officials from holding the position of Defense Secretary unless they’ve been retired for seven years, and so Congress will have to pass a waiver to allow an exception for Mattis. (At least one senator—Sen. Kristin Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)—has promised to vote against such a waiver.)

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