He earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Central Washington University in 1971 and a Master of Arts in international security affairs from the National War College of National Defense University in 1994.  Mattis traveled to Afghanistan days later and met with government officials, explaining that the purpose of the trip was to allow him to state his recommendations for US strategy in the country.  Many senior officials served only because of Mattis and fought political battles with the White House regularly. , Mattis believes Iran is the principal threat to the stability of the Middle East, ahead of Al-Qaeda and ISIL. Simon & Shuster. The Marine Corps Times is calling Mattis the "most revered Marine in a generation. James Norman Mattis, né le 8 septembre 1950 à Pullman (Washington), est un général américain issu du corps des Marines, en service actif entre 1969 et 2013. , Then-president-elect Donald Trump met with Mattis for a little over one hour in Bedminster, New Jersey, on November 20, 2016.   In 2017 Mattis said that the world order is "under biggest attacks since World War Two, from Russia, terrorist groups, and China's actions in the South China Sea. , Mattis was nominated as secretary of defense by president-elect Donald Trump, and confirmed by the Senate on January 20, 2017. As a captain, he was assigned as the Naval Academy Preparatory School's Battalion Officer, commanded rifle and weapons companies in the 1st Marine Regiment, then served at Recruiting Station Portland, Oregon, as a major.  On December 20, 2018, after failing to convince Trump to reconsider his decision to withdraw all American troops from Syria, Mattis announced his resignation effective the end of February 2019, but after Mattis’s resignation generated significant media coverage, Trump abruptly accelerated Mattis departure date to January 1, stating that he had essentially fired Mattis. , While serving in Afghanistan as a brigadier general, Mattis was known[by whom?] , The departure of several of Mattis's senior deputies in the fall of 2018 caused concern in foreign policy circles. He constantly toured the battlefield to tell stories of Marines who were able to show "discretion in moments of high pressure". Mattis says: "I consider ISIS nothing more than an excuse for Iran to continue its mischief. NOW I'D VOTE FOR HIM IN A HEARTBEAT !!! General Mattis told recruiters that, “I’ve been to hell twice boys, in Nasariyah and Fallujah, and both times I saw those tough sons of bitches fighting alongside me. On September 28, 2007, the United States Senate confirmed Mattis's nomination, and he relinquished command of the I MEF on November 5, 2007, to Lieutenant General Samuel Helland. Présentation; Organigramme; Lois et Règlements. His mother immigrated to the United States from Canada as an infant and had worked in Army Intelligence in South Africa during the Second World War.  On April 10 Mattis warned the Syrian government against using chemical weapons again. , From 2013 to January 2017, Mattis was a board member of Theranos, a health technology company that claimed to have devised revolutionary blood tests using very small amounts of blood. Dunford also favored Goldfein. Article 107 of the military’s Uniform Code of Military Justice covers “False Official Statements.” As our name implies, we are a satirical site, and you shouldn’t think anything we publish is real.  Trump responded by Twitter that evening that he "felt great" he had previously asked Mattis to resign, and he didn't like much about Mattis or his "leadership style" and was "Glad he is gone! , He also was noted for a willingness to remove senior leaders under his command at a time when the US military seemed unable or unwilling to relieve underperforming or incompetent officers. Mattis's decorations, awards, and badges include, among others: His citation for the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross reads as follows: "While occupying key leadership positions within the United States Armed Forces and NATO between 2001 and 2012, General Mattis directly and repeatedly contributed to the Canadian Forces’ operational success in Afghanistan. He said Trump must be confused or mistaken, and that "Jim Mattis is an honorable man.  According to Leon Panetta, the Obama administration did not place much trust in Mattis because he was perceived as too eager for a military confrontation with Iran. ", Since his retirement, Mattis had been guarded when asked to reflect on Trump or military matters, saying he didn't want to detract from the troops.  In July he was recommended by Defense Secretary Robert Gates for nomination to replace David Petraeus as commander of United States Central Command (CENTCOM), and formally nominated by President Obama on July 21.  He graduated from Richland High School in 1968. If you’re looking for real news, check out our sister site The Havok Journal.  As a colonel, Mattis commanded the 7th Marine Regiment from 28 June 1994 to 14 June 1996. It's the only NATO country with an active insurgency inside its borders. ", Mattis popularized the 1st Marine Division's motto "no better friend, no worse enemy", a paraphrase of the epitaph the Roman dictator Lucius Cornelius Sulla wrote for himself, in his open letter to all men within the division for their return to Iraq. Mattis was commissioned in the Marine Corps through the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps after graduating from Central Washington University.  Mattis occasionally voiced his disagreement with certain Trump administration policies such as the withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, withdrawals of troops from Syria and Afghanistan, and budget cuts hampering the ability to monitor the impacts of climate change. " A young Marine officer, Nathaniel Fick, said he witnessed Mattis in a fighting hole talking with a sergeant and lance corporal: "No one would have questioned Mattis if he'd slept eight hours each night in a private room, to be woken each morning by an aide who ironed his uniforms and heated his MREs. It was such a rare occurrence in the modern military that it made the front page of newspapers. , Mattis voiced support for a Saudi Arabian-led military campaign against Yemen's Shiite rebels. Il sert notamment lors de la guerre du Golfe, de la guerre dAfghanistan et de la guerre d'Irak où il commande la 1re division des Marines et la I Marine Expeditionary Force. Instead, he tries to divide us. ", Following a Department of Defense survey that showed only 55% of US soldiers and 40% of Marines would report a colleague for abusing civilians, Mattis told Marines in May 2007 that "whenever you show anger or disgust toward civilians, it's a victory for al-Qaeda and other insurgents."  Previously, in mid-2012, a Department of Defense official evaluating Theranos's blood-testing technology for the military initiated a formal inquiry with the Food and Drug Administration about the company's intent to distribute its tests without FDA clearance. General Mattis’s tattoos didn’t fool anyone. ", On June 3, 2020, Mattis issued a statement to The Atlantic in which he criticized Trump and his policies during the George Floyd protests.  Mattis also dissuaded Trump from attempting to assasinate Bashar al-Assad, the President of Syria. A true General's General! Second, that what we achieved is a nuclear pause, not a nuclear halt". ", US Marine Corps general in retirement and former US secretary of defense, "Woodward, Bob. , Speaking at a conference sponsored by The Heritage Foundation in Washington in 2015, Mattis said he believed that Russian President Vladimir Putin's intent is "to break NATO apart.  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was the sole "no" vote, stating that she was opposed to the waiver on principle. Il occupe également plusieurs grands commandements au sein des Forces armées des États-Uni… "[clarification needed] He also was quoted as saying "be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.