(photo credit: Staff Sgt. Jette Carr, Air Force)

Mad Dog Mattis is one of the most revered Generals in America, potentially in our history, and again he shows why.

When President Trump appointed General Mattis to be U.S. Secretary of Defense, the military cheered him on as the country grew to love and admire him. I, for one, had never heard of Mad Dog Mattis until the appointment, but I quickly jumped on board with the idea of having such a widely-respected man lead our military.

In case you need some more insight as to who General Mattis is, just take these few quotes into consideration:

“I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for the next 10,000 years.”

“I don’t lose sleep at night over the potential for failure. I can’t even spell the word.”

“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.”

While the rest of our country was dealing with the aftermath of the Charlottesville violence, General Mattis took a trip to the Middle East last week, visiting three countries and speaking to our soldiers in the area. And while our country was at war with each other, General Mattis spoke to unity and thanked the soldiers for their ongoing service.

“You just hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other.”

“We’ve got two powers: the power of inspiration, and we’ll get the power of inspiration back, and we’ve got the power of intimidation, and that’s you, if someone wants to screw with our families, our country, or our allies.”

Defense Secretary Mattis Impromptu speech

Watch Defense Secretary Mattis giving an impromptu speech to deployed soldiers: "As Americans we have two powers; the power of inspiration, and the power of intimidation."

Posted by U.S Army W.T.F! moments on Thursday, August 24, 2017

Mattis’ message: our military is fighting on our behalf, while we fight with each other. Our country needs to get back to the principles on which it was founded.

It’s important to point out that Mattis saw video cameras in the crowd of soldiers, but he wasn’t speaking for a video. This isn’t a promotion for himself or for the Trump administration, this was genuine.

As the General mentioned, we need to look at the United States Military as an example for the rest of the country to follow. This country was founded on working with one another in unity to provide a greater land for our children and grandchildren. Working against one another only fuels hatred and violence.

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