Thanks. Should be interesting given the issue Re: his recent military background.
Everyone is willing to take a principled stand against the nomination of a black nominee by a Democratic President, but it was totally fine when Trump nominated Mattis. The double standard is staggering, he deserves a swift and speedy nomination, his experience and relationships will help to rebuild the DoD.
Tom Cotton, 6/2020: "Send in the troops! (domestically)"
Tom Cotton, 1/2021: "We need to restore civ-mil relations"
@LoneBear, while there is definitely an element of race (and a heaping dose of hypocrisy) in some of the opposition against Gen. Austin's confirmation, the SecDef job is so dramatically different than what the good general has experience doing. Mattis' time in the role only reinforced this -- and laid bare why the 10-year waiver is a sound policy. SecDef is a political job and most generals (thankfully) make lousy politicians. After the past four years, we need a policy wonk in that seat. Gen. Austin may be a great leader and have a brilliant military mind (which, by all accounts, he does), but it was clear from the hearing the other day that he is no policy wonk and didn't seem to have a solid grasp on appropriations or personnel issues -- arguably the two biggest responsibilities of a SecDef.