The latest episode in this ongoing comedy surrounds the proposed appointment of retired General Mattis as Secretary of Defense.
AP comes out firing blanks.
His selection raises questions about increased military influence in a job designed to insure(sic) civilian control of the armed forces. The concerns revolve around whether a recently retired service member would rely more on military solutions to international problems, rather than take a broader, more diplomatic approach.
Notice the smarmy and unsubstantiated reference to 'questions about increased military influence.'
AP needs reminding that the Defense Secretary is expected to 'rely on military solutions.'
'As John Hinderaker of Powerline points out, AP seem to confuse the role of Defense Secretary with that of Secretary of State. The Sec of State is a predominantly diplomatic role while the Sec of Defense job is to make sure the military can actually win a war when it is called upon to fight.
Of course, the left try to tell you that Mattiss has no diplomatic experience but they conveniently ignore the fact that this fellow commanded American and Coalition forces in the Middle East and Afghanistan. A significant part of his role involved negotiating daily with host country governments and the commanders of coalition partners' forces. If that ain't diplomacy, I don't know what is.
The dopey media don't realise Trump is playing them for the fools they are, every day. In a tweet, he described his appointee as 'Mad Dog Matiss' and like mad dogs, the media took the bait, and the line and the sinker. Great stuff.
So far so good.