A former Army Special Forces official is accusing retired Marine General James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be defense secretary, of “leaving my men to die” as soon as they were hit by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2001.
Mattis has not commented publicly on the occurrence, that has been chronicled in an 2011 New York Times bestselling novel, “The Only Thing Worth Dying For,” by Eric Blehm. The novel portrays Mattis as reluctant to help the Green Berets.
His activities, that were not formally inquired at the time, are now likely to get a lot more scrutiny through the retired basic Senate confirmation process.
Trump’s transition group did not respond to request for comment from NBC News. Nor did Mattis, whose retirement in the military means he would need a waiver from Congress to serve as the civilian Pentagon chief.
Mattis is a highly decorated former wartime commander who became renowned for directing the 1st Marine Division’s super fast motion into Baghdad during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Although most of the people on the planet today were not alive yet when Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese navy 75 years ago, this is a historic moment that is taught to children today as part of the battles that took place during the Second World War. The men and women who were stationed there are remembered each year by troops and citizens alike.
You see, these folks knew that the situation in the Pacific Ocean was troubled at the time but the intent of the Japanese to bomb Pearl Harbor was unknown to those who were quietly carrying on with their lives that fateful morning. The resulting backlash led to more and more fighting until the war between the United States and Japan finally ended.
During that time, many men and women were lost on both sides of the battlefield. Citizens and soldiers alike died in the tragic war that continued on despite the remote location to the mainland of the United States. This was a strategic necessity for America to hold on to.
However, at the same time that all of the trouble was brewing in the Pacific, the troops from the US were also being pulled into the conflict that was happening in Europe. Hitler had been ravaging through the continent, taking over those areas that did not surrender peacefully by using extreme force.
Men and women were dying in droves on the other side of the Atlantic, and the soldiers of the US and the military leaders understood that it was our duty to help our allies in their time of need. This led to troops being spread very thinly for the United States of America military forces at the time.
Facts On Pearl Harbor
As history has recorded, the US and their allies were victorious on both fronts in the World War 2 timeline. The bombs used in Japan made it very clear that the American government was not going to tolerate attacks like the one that occurred at Pearl Harbor on that fateful day so many decades ago.
In fact, though it was tragic that men and women had to die, the close of the war meant that the deaths would cease and that people could start to rebuild again. After all, being mired in war is not good for a civilization as a sustained way of life.
In the subsequent decades, both sides of the conflict have worked on rebuilding and joining together in peace and global harmony. Although bumps have occurred in the road along the way and people have sometimes not found everything they wanted, the unified world view is becoming more of a reality each and every day.
However, that does not mean that the heroes of Pearl Harbor are gone. Those men and women who died so bravely serve as a reminder of what it is like for someone to sacrifice it all for the greater good. Although it is tragic that these soldiers, many of whom were in the prime of their lives, had their futures cut off so abruptly, they were Americans.
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
As a result, their sacrifice will never be forgotten. As a nation, the US remembers the troops who have lost their lives in every battle of the nations history. These soldiers deserve no less. With the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and Historic Sites opportunities, there is no doubt that current and future generations continue to know and learn about what happened 75 years ago in the Pearl Harbor attack. You can join in the remembrance celebrations that are taking place in your community.
If you have explored this site already you may have some idea of the work that Aid for Wounded Soldiers is doing and how we are honoring our remaining veterans who served in conflicts such as World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Through the ever-increasing programming that the Foundation offers to veterans, we hope to give back to our veterans the honor and gratitude that they so quietly deserve.
It’s a fact that over the next three years most of the World War II generation will fade away. According to recent U.S. Veterans Administration figures, every 90 seconds a memory of World War II – its sights and sounds, its terrors and triumphs – disappears. Yielding to the unalterable process of aging, the men and women who fought and won the great conflict are now in their late 80s and 90s.
We are losing what many call our greatest generation – the men and women who served this nation so selflessly during World War II – at the astounding rate of more than one thousand each day. Think about that for a moment. Before the sun sets today, we will have lost the equivalent of a regiment of veterans who helped confound Hitler’s plans for world domination and exposed the ugly reality of Nazi racial and religious genocide. We will have lost more than a thousand of the people who kept imperial Japan from world conquest following the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor. Another sad fact to contemplate in all this is that most of those who laid it all on the line for us in World War II will go to their final rest without ever having told their stories to a nation that desperately needs to hear them. They will have died without the closure that helps them make sense of their sacrifices.
To this end, The Aid for Wounded Soldiers has taken it upon itself to honor the sacrifices of those who have fought to protect the freedoms we enjoy today. Our programs are designed to preserve and perpetuate the legacies of our nation’s World War 2 heroes to the younger generations who will soon take on the responsibility of safeguarding the freedom for which they fought so long ago.
Finally, our support on the ground is growing strong. Aid for Wounded Soldiers is now making a positive difference in the lives of more than 180,000 veterans throughout the country, while impacting thousands of young Americans every day. Those of us who have worked tirelessly to honor our veterans of all conflicts by preserving the freedom for which they fought and the patriotism that they epitomize continues. To find out what part you can play in helping continue these veterans’ legacies, click on the “TAKE ACTION” button.
Thank you again for all your support. We encourage you to join us in this important and urgent cause, while remembering those who served.
We hope the war against terror will be over soon and all our brave sons and daughters, wives and husbands can return home safely. Until that time, and perhaps even long after, there will still be seriously ill servicemen and women undergoing treatment and rehabilitation at Walter Reed, Bethesda and elsewhere. We will not abandon them. We will not forget them. They are our heroes and we will stand with them in their suffering, pray for them in our private moments and provide for them to the utmost of our ability.