View Full Version : Trump Eyes Modern-Day Patton to Lead Pentagon

11-20-2016, 02:08 PM
Retired Marine Gen. James “Jim” Mattis has emerged as a strong candidate for secretary of defense, according to reports out of New York City.

The retired four-star general would need clearance from Congress beyond a normal confirmation hearing. He would also need a waiver from current Pentagon rules because has not been retired for seven years or more.

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

Federal law mandates that former military service members need to be retired from active service for seven years or more. Mattis retired in 2013