General Jim Mattis brings insight and clarity to the nature of war



In this episode, Uncommon Knowledge is honored to have retired four-star General James Mattis. General Mattis retired from the Marine Corps as a full general in 2013, where he served as the eleventh commander of the United States Central Command. He also served as the commander for NATO supreme allied transformation, and as commander of the United States Joint Forces Command. Mattis is now an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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42 thoughts on “General Jim Mattis brings insight and clarity to the nature of war

  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    Too bad all this fantastic generalship does not directly translate into skills as head bean counter for the DoD.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    He is advocating wars and more wars. Wars are not the solutions for worlds disparity, and exploitation.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    Just look at what he does with his eyes when Peter refers to his 'fellow military man, John McCain' at 3.48. 🙂

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    Probably would have made a great president, another Eisenhower. Unfortunate he didn't want to take on that role.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    Civilians failed to provide objectives?! Civilians didn't want any part of those wars, and those who did only did because of active propaganda campaigns to indoctrinate them to think so. If civilians had any part in major foreign policy planning, we wouldn't be an imperialist power conquering the globe and overextending our own resources while the majority of the country struggles to put food on the table and retain healthcare and shelter.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    This changes the way I think about modern war.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    Service is a privilege in it's own right. Thank you Sir, for explaining it perfectly.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    Thank God we have someone who understands clearly defined goals and objectives and why effective successful strategy is entirely dependent upon their being provided.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    Wow. "General Mattis is now a fellow at the Hoover Institute." They scoop em up at the Hoover Institute. General Mattis brings unique and invaluable insight to the table.

    Edit: "i'll shine your shoes." lol. Do his homework, nerd!

    The area where i disagree with the General is regarding ISIS prisoners. We've gotta kill em all no matter what. They're gonna surrender and then become a political football, and they know that. Wipe em clean, have to… no choice. ya know, if we're gonna "go hard" we should go harder than anyone has ever gone before. Especially on ISIS.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    Do not mention Valdemort; Why is the US in the middle east/Why do we support Saudi Arabia. Do you think radical islam is due to this idea that the US is trying to occupy the middle east? What would the middle east be if the US pulled out?

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    Enlightening. God bless the good people with good intentions of the world.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    So…we are at war in Afghanistan because the Taliban think that 'girls don't go to school' (14:44). A feminist war for women's liberation. I hope that the troops fighting over there know what it is that they are fighting for.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    To those who disliked this video, please explain in the comments so that you can show how ignorant you are.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    I like the music at the very beginning of these videos, makes me feel like I'm the club discussing the nature of war with Peter Robinson and General Jim Mattis

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    Nothing mad about this dog. Formidable analytical powers and crystal clear views on freedoms, morality and purpose.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    Everybody thank our New President. I haven't watched the program in years. Used to love it, I need to get back into it. Forgot how good of a program it is.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    One could readily make the case that the interviewer was too deferential to the now 'waivered' SecDef but compared to the experts, panels, time constraints, advertisements, propagandists leading to talking points and mental gymnastics in almost all current msm broadcasting, his demeanor and thoughtfulness allowed for a candid discussion and responses as thoughtful and insightful as the questions posed. Regardless of one's political views etc. a viewer was able to see the character of the man and a sliver of the depth of life experience that has shaped him without tearing him down as was evident in a simple expression or paradigm shift, not for all, but as an opportunity for pstg rather than pstd. I begrudge no person the medals they are awarded but clearly MD possesses accumulated wisdom and is motivated by flexible practicality that is value bases without being overly judgmental. There are Think Tanks & Tanks…

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    Despite an impressive resume, Peter Robinson wasted much of this interview with an inappropriate (imo) conversational style, non-sequitur questions, poor research and limited subjects. The General is so knowledgeable, interesting and experienced a man at the highest levels, it would have been interesting to hear his thoughts on modern weaponry, the role of the military as peace-keepers and the limitations of military intervention. Mr Robinson, in the meantime, asked questions as if the surface of the world was a blank canvas for US military forces to land on at any time of day or night and do as they wish; despite being told point blank by the General that America has lost 4 of the 5 wars its been involved in since WW2.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    Jim seems like a very thoughtful man with unshakeable loyalty to his Men.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    People that send the military into battle without clear goals and objectives have no business sending them anywhere because they do not consider the sacrifice sacred.

    It is this reason why I think people who join the military should have their heads examined. I certainly won't be made into fodder. My life is my own. I have nothing to prove that would entice me to make today's soldiering my life's work.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    There is no moderate or radical Islam, just Islam and to win the war on jihad we need to kick out as many Muslims as possible, not let any Muslims in, and buy our oil from as many non-Muslim sources as possible

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    The only concern I have about Mattis is he looks a bit old and frail, he may not be able to serve the nation another 50 years as the nation desperately need him to serve

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