General Mattis Offer ApologyBy Brig. (r) Junaid Zaman • Dec 24th, 2011 • Category: Politics • 9 Comments
General James N. Mattis, the head of the US Central Command is a professional soldier and has seen it all from Iraq to Afghanistan. He is not only an experienced commander, he is also a skilled negotiator with tough guys in tough conditions, including insurgents.
As his career tells us that he commanded 1st Battalion 7th Marines, one of Task Force Ripper’s assault battalions in the Gulf War. As a colonel, he commanded 7th Marine Regiment, then 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Task Force 58 during Operation Enduring Freedom in southern Afghanistan as a brigadier general. As a major general, he commanded the 1st Marine Division during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and subsequent stability operations during the Iraq War. Mattis played a key role in the April 2004 battle of Fallujah, Operation Vigilant Resolve, by negotiating with the insurgent command inside of the city.
General Mattis is now willing to mediate between the strained Pakistan and United States. But like the biased and worthless investigation report by NATO, his visit to Pakistan and talks with the Pakistani leadership would accomplish nothing, but more disappointing endings. General Mattis should bring Joe Biden or John Kerry with him, meet with the Pakistani leadership, and then hold a press conference detailing the Salala incident and then offer a well-crafted apology, and that’s about it.
The General Mattis I know can do that with thorough professionalism without letting any side down. Come on Warrior Monk.