I know you’re far from home, every one of ya, and I know you could all be going to college, you young people, or you could be back on the block. The only way this great big experiment you and I call America is going to survive is we got tough hombres like you.
We got two powers: the power of inspiration, and you’ll get the power of inspiration back; you have the power of intimidation, and that’s you, if someone wants to screw with our families, and our country, or our allies.
So thanks so much for being out here; you completely took me by surprise. That’s good; keep the old guys like me guessing. The only reason I came back, I flunked retirement, okay? The only reason I came back was to serve alongside young people like you who are so selfless, and frankly, so rambunctious. It’s a pleasure to be around you all.
He gives you the impression he'd still run in to combat with a knife clenched in his teeth.
The reason we celebrate Jim Mattis so passionately is simple: We had eight years of presidential leadership which galavanted about the globe apologizing for America's greatness. Therefore it's not only refreshing to see an American be an unapologetic patriot, it's affirming. Patriotic Americans know the American military is the best in the world. How wonderful it is to have such a man leading the American military. That's a statement. No question mark needed there, so hold your "TYPO" tweets.