General Mattis is the leading candidate for the Secretary of Defense in the incoming administration.
A combat Marine commander, once the wearer of Edson's Eagles (you look it up), and the head of CentCom for the Obama administration. You don't get to fake any of that.
If I had one complaint about his nomination, it would be the name of the office. Gen. Mattis should not be Secretary of Defense, he should be Secretary of War. We haven't won anything since we changed that after WWII and maybe we should change it back.
Semper Fidelis, General.