In a recent interview, General Mattis commented on ongoing combat operations.
“As the secretary of defense, I have to wake up every day and answer this question, what is it all for? All the death and the destruction, is it really worth it?…. Hold on I need to confirm these drones strikes… We are fighting against murderers and oppressors. The world’s huddled masses look to one force, the US Military, to bring good to the world. These drones strikes are for the rights of trans people. They uphold the values of America and creating a safe place for trans people to exist. I am going to have cut this short we have to deploy some more troops to Afghanistan, to protect the rights of the blacks.”