'Mad dog' was never a good pick
General Mattis got along great with John McCain during his Senate confirmation hearing:
Under questioning from Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., about Russia and other threats, Mattis said the U.S. should “recognize the reality” of dealing with Vladimir Putin’s government and that he’s trying to “break” the North Atlantic alliance.
Citing Russia’s aggressions and other concerns, he said: “I think [the world order is] under the biggest attack since World War II … from Russia, from terrorist groups and with what China is doing in the South China Sea.”
“I think [the world order is] under the biggest attack since World War II … from Russia, from terrorist groups and with what China is doing in the South China Sea.”
Russia is one of the actors in the biggest attack on the world order since World War II.
He also claimed Russia was trying to break up NATO, had hacked the DNC and was engaging in "information warfare against the US. All of this makes Russia the "principal threat" to US interests and US should be "ready to confront Russia".
He poured cold water on the idea talking to Russia could be useful or desirable:
"I'm all for engagement but we also have to recognize reality in what Russia is up to," Mattis said, adding there were a "decreasing number of areas" where the United States might cooperate with Moscow.
Mattis could have easily been appointed by Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush. He is a run of the mill warmonger -- a basic requirement to reach the general's rank in the US military.