While the nation has been rocked by a National Football League scandal this week, General James Mattis had important work to do abroad.
As Secretary of Defense, Mattis was visiting war-torn Afghanistan today on an unannounced trip. Somehow, the Taliban caught wind of the dignitary’s arrival and planned a dastardly and cowardly rocket and mortar attack on the airpot receiving Mattis. One Afghan civilian was killed when these terroristic assailants mistimed the General’s arrival, allowing Mattis to continue on as scheduled.
Later in the day, Mattis was obviously questioned about the incident when he finally met with the press. His response says volumes about the character of Mad Dog.
“At a press conference after the airport attack, a perpetually calm Mattis took questions.
“The first question asked was concerning the attack on his life. Mattis shrugged off his own personal safety, never once mentioning he might have been in danger. Instead, the Defense secretary indicated the attack on an international airport is a ‘criminal act by terrorists.’
“’This is a classic definition of what the Taliban are up to right now. It defines their approach to how they see their role here. If in fact this is what they have done, they will find the Afghan security forces continuing on the offensive against them in every district of the country right now.’
“Then, Mattis paused for a moment, pondered the attack on his own life and said bluntly, ‘It is what it is.'”
It is what it is.
If that doesn’t perfectly epitomize the attitude of an experienced and knowledgable military mind, then I don’t know what does.
Oddly, both ISIS and the Taliban have attempted to officially claim the attack as their own, leading to doubts over the true efficacy of either organization.