In Gen. Jim Mattis, Trump chooses a ‘warrior monk’ as secretary of defense

In Gen. Jim Mattis, Trump chooses a ‘warrior monk’ as secretary of defenseDonald Trump was expecting a very different answer when he asked retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, at a meeting last month, for his views on the use of waterboarding. Mattis, who served in the Marines from 1969 until his retirement in 2013, represents a big change from the current secretary of defense, the bookish Ashton Carter, a former Harvard professor who was trained as a physicist.

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