Once upon a time this nation had a cabinet position of Secretary of the War Department. Clearly misguided, the Founders thought things ought to be simple, plainly labelled, and obvious to citizens.
So we once had the War Department. Judging from its plain English meaning, it was in charge of managing war and all the aspect of that that the nation might be involved in. We fought an ugly Civil War with just a War Department. The Army and the Navy were part of it. It was the most destructive war on our soil and the largest percentage casualties of any war we have ever fought, including WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam
Then in 1947 we reorganized what had worked quite well in WWII – because the enemy of good is better. Now we had a Department of Defense.
?What exactly are we defending. ?Why do we have intercontinental missiles, B-52’s, Striker-based units that can be readily loaded onto littoral ships and taken to any “hot spot” in the world – in defense of what.
There isn’t much doubt we have national interests around the world. Yet I see none identified – and a strategy to support it/them pronounced. A War Department could be looked to to carry out such actions as may be necessary when something more than a diplomatic complaint is in order. Like when Iranian gunboats take a couple of our boats on the high seas. I fail to understand why a couple of their bases weren’t turned into nothing but pebbles. A War Department could do that; a Defense Department can’t, if English still is in effect.
So who gets to run that mess called the Pentagon is important. My choice is Gen. Mattis, a retired 4-star. Here we have a man who has “seen the elephant”, who has spent real time in foxholes and in the cold and heat. Here is a man who is concerned for his men. No wanton boondoggles like Libya. No Benghazis. An honest to goodness tough guy. Who reads Marcus Aurelius. The “warrior monk”.
May the Lord lead Trump’s hand to pick him for that position.