‘US President-elect Donald Trump has announced that retired Marine General James Mattis, an outspoken critic of the Iran nuclear agreement, will serve as his secretary of defense.

“We are going to appoint ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as our secretary of defense. But we’re not announcing it until Monday so don’t tell anybody,” Trump told a rally on Thursday in Cincinnati, the first stop on a post-election “thank-you tour.”

“They say he’s the closest thing to Gen. George Patton that we have and it’s about time,” he added…

…The retired general was considered very close to Israel and certain Arab regimes. And, according to his one confidant, Mattis made several trips to Israel and its Arab neighbors in a bid to build up an Israeli-Arab alliance against Iran.’

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