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Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis to be secretary of defense, according to people familiar with the decision, nominating a former senior military officer who led operations across the Middle East to run the Pentagon less than four years after he hung up his uniform.

To take the job, Mattis will need Congress to pass new legislation to bypass a federal law stating that defense secretaries must not have been on active duty in the previous seven years. Congress has granted a similar exception just once, when Gen. George C. Marshall was appointed to the job in 1950.

Murdoc thinks this is a pretty solid selection. Obviously, we need to wait and see. But it looks good to me.

Here is some discussion from 2005 on MO about the ‘Fun to shoot people’ remark.

And here’s a quote of his Murdoc posted in 2007:

“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.”

–Marine General James Mattis

Meanwhile, in 2010, Mattis still supported a turboprop COIN aircraft.

“Kind of scared”

Ohio State attack: Terrorism eyed as police seek more info

August:

Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern, ran an interview in August with a student named Abdul Razak Artan, who identified himself as a Muslim and a third-year logistics management student who had just transferred from Columbus State in the fall.

He said he was looking for a place to pray openly and worried about how he would be received.

“I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what media portrays me to be,” he told the newspaper. “If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen. But I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads.”

November:

The attacker, identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, plowed his car into a group of pedestrians on campus shortly before 10 a.m. Monday, and then got out and began stabbing people with a butcher knife before he was shot to death by a campus police officer, authorities said.

A motive was not immediately known, but police said they were investigating whether it was a terrorist attack.

Somali-born immigrant. If you are unwilling to even discuss more-stringent controls on immigration from certain countries, some might wonder if you might be in favor of knife attacks on college students.

Tom Hanks Hopes Trump Succeeds as President

Tom Hanks Breaks from Hollywood Pack and Says He Hopes Trump Does Well

In what is certainly sure to draw ire from some, if not many, in the Hollywood community, two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks opted for grace and class when speaking about President-elect Donald Trump. After a week of hysteria-laden open letters and Twitter rants from entertainment industry liberals like Aaron Sorkin and Joss Whedon, Hanks’ calm demeanor and response really stood out.

“This is the United States of America. We’ll go on. There’s great like-minded people out there who are Americans first and Republicans or Democrats second,” Hanks told THR. “I hope the president-elect does such a great job that I vote for his re-election in four years.”

Here is an image of Hanks in Hollywood hoping Trump does well:

saving private ryan beach

Link via Stephen Green at Instapundit.

Obama announces that he will not withdraw the troops he said he would

Obama says troop levels in Afghanistan won’t be cut as he once pledged

President Obama will leave 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan through the end of his presidency, he said Wednesday, an admission that he will fall short of a more significant reduction that was a cornerstone of his pledge to extract the U.S. from foreign ground wars.

Obama had announced in 2014 that he would cut the current level of just under 10,000 troops to 5,500 by the end of this year, but he was forced to back off from that goal as Taliban fighters run roughshod over impaired Afghan forces, launching attacks on civilian and NATO-coalition military targets and seizing land.

Leaving more troops than planned is probably the right move for now.

It’s hard to know what the right course is in Afghanistan. When we didn’t pack up in 2002-2003, Murdoc wondered what the upside was. Even if everything in Afghanistan went swimmingly, and there was no reason to think that it would, the end result would be Afghanistan. Other than bad guys that need knocking down once in a while, there’s nothing there.

Very few things that Obama promised have been accomplished. The two biggest accomplishments of his Presidency currently seem to be Obamacare and total withdrawal from Iraq. Seeing how those turned out, Murdoc thinks its safe to say that everyone should be glad he didn’t get much more done.

AQ Wants Their War To Be Taken Seriously

Al Qaeda urges lone wolves to target whites, to avoid ‘hate crime’ label

Lone wolf jihadists should target white Americans so no one mistakes their terror attacks for hate crimes unrelated to the cause of radical Islam, Al Qaeda writes in the latest edition of its online magazine.

In an article first reported by The Foreign Desk, Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) called for more self-directed Muslim terrorists to kill in America. But the article, titled “Inspire guide: Orlando operation,” tells terrorists to “avoid targeting places and crowds where minorities are generally found” because if gays or Latinos appear to be the targets, “the federal government will be the one taking full responsibility.”

Murdoc thought it would take someone specifically stating on the record during the crime that he was pledging his action to the war against enemies of Islam, but even that isn’t good enough.

Although Al Qaeda does not take credit for Mateen’s attack in the online article, it urges more “lone wolves” to take up arms. Jihadists should target “areas where the Anglo-Saxon community is generally concentrated,” it states. “This class of the American community is the majority and it is the one that is in the American leadership.”

Murdoc’s not sure. No matter who attacks who, no matter how loudly they declare their war, American the politicians and their media lapdogs will rush to blame conservative U.S. citizens who don’t conform to politically-correct dogma and those who want to own personal arms.

Via Instapundit.

Remember: The Orlando Shooter was a Democrat

The killer was a registered Democrat who swore allegiance to ISIS. I know! Let’s make a banner about how Republicans are evil.

(x-post to GunPundit)

I thought all online petitions were pranks

Brexit ‘2nd Referendum Petition’ A 4 Chan Prank: BBC Report It As Real

Murdoc thinks it’s safe to assume that any online petition for a controversial subject that garners more than 100 signatures suffers from at least some fraudulence, but it appears that the big petition to reconsider the result of the Brexit referendum is really getting hammered by bots. Yet the BBC and others were touting the numbers as meaningful yesterday as MO had noted.

By Sunday afternoon in the UK, the national broadcaster deigned to report that Parliament was investigating the petition for fraud.

Other liberal media scions also pounced on the petition.

But 4Chan’s posters had set up scripts and bots to add fake names to the petition at an impossible rate, spamming it with unlikely addresses in ‘Ghana’ and elsewhere.

Though this appears to show that hackers are responsible for many of the signatures, Murdoc has little doubt that many Britons who truly wish for a re-vote signed as well. But their honest wishes will be lost in the noise of a massive spamming. That’s too bad (honestly) but maybe it will help bring an end to the online petition silliness.

People act like petitions at WhiteHouse.gov and MoveOn.org and wherever matter. They don’t. Elections matter.

Murdoc would be more concerned about the Brexit result (especially short-term) if it weren’t for the cast of politicians speaking out so loudly against it. The fact that they are so strongly opposed tells Murdoc that it must be a fairly decent idea.

You Cannot Underestimate the Harm These People Are Doing

Let Murdoc get this straight…Citizens of another nation in a city controlled by our enemy have a “right” to the internet but American citizens on American soil should have actual Constitutionally-guaranteed rights curtailed because terrorists might be able to get guns if the FBI does a bad job of FBIing:

U.S. Won’t Block Internet in ISIS Stronghold Raqqa; Says Citizens Have Right to Internet

Rep. Martha McSally, a retired fighter pilot, posed the question to the assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security, Thomas Atkin: “We have known cells in Raqqa that are directing training, that are directing operations very specifically targeting against Americans,” McSally said. “Why is the Internet not shut down in Raqqa?”

Atkin noted that he would give a more detailed answer during the closed-door hearing in the afternoon, but answered in general terms. “Certainly going after specific nodes to hamper and stop the use of the Internet by ISIS is important, but we also have to respect the rights of citizens to have access to the Internet,” he said. “So it’s a careful balance, even in Raqqa.”

Honestly, that’s the stupidest bullshit Murdoc has heard this week. And this week has been a doozy.

The problem seems to be that cyber operation must follow the same rules of engagement as kinetic operations and attempts to take out internet service for the IS would have “collateral damage” by taking out non-IS civilian internet.

Are the adults ever going to be put back in charge?