And I want to close that gap today, to the degree I can. The opinions expressed are those of the writer. They were alone and Secretary Mattis was walking Admiral Mullen to his car. Hope GoodReads can put this concern to rest, otherwise these lists are worthless to me. A look a General Mattis' principles and approaches during his command of Task Force 58 2001 in Afghanistan and 1st Marine Division 2003 in Iraq. The army knows they've got to be the ones who train and bring the young lads and gals up to standard, but they've got to start with something. Cadet Joseph Phillips, class of 2019.
The title of Secretary of Defense may obscure a little the full importance in my view of this influential American. And I was out in the middle of nowhere a few years ago, again with my little team there, rolling down the road. We can find a way to work together with China. So spiritually, you have a shock absorber in you that will help carry the shocks of combat when your young troops underneath you face that for the first time. They knew how to call air support. Rumsfeld in 2006 and the honorable Robert M. However, they do not expect you to do exactly what they say each time.
You really want to learn stuff. And we haven't been perfect in anticipating things either. Secretary Mattis was very artful at finding a nuanced path forward that never quite broke with or contradicted the President directly, but over time this was increasingly challenging for him. And the way we do that in this imperfect world is through a deterrent that basically threatens the worst possible calamity on anyone who would try it. Each country has its own culture and we have to respect that. . Finally, we go into the war, in the last year and a half of the war, and we come in fresh.
This paper takes a look a General Mattis' principles and approaches during his command of Task Force 58 2001 in Afghanistan and 1st Marine Division 2003 in Iraq he has served at nearly all levels of command. And I can attest from personal experience that Secretary Mattis is appreciated for his work strategically at the highest end of the Defense spectrum, while at the same time understanding the tactics and need for modernization and readiness of ground, air and sea forces. It was a very difficult area that we were in. Early life and education Mattis was born in Pullman, Washington on September 8, 1950. And you don't have to learn some things that most people could learn by reading an old book. The ideal of a Renaissance man or the man in full has been abandoned for Hollywood action heroes and sitcom boy-men. So while we've written up a National Defense Strategy and we've answered the challenges as we've defined them -- the problems we've defined, and we've defined the problems pretty well -- with three lines of efforts.
Who else had a question. It's like, it's not a pain in the neck like it is in some of the classrooms, you know? And I would just tell you that it happened in my own unit. And it was probably, oh, somewhere around 40 to 50 kilometers from the nearest next outpost. I really didn't serve with Marcus Aurelius, I just look that old; okay? He rose through the ranks to head up U. Thank you very much, all of you.
Namely his marrying of a 6 year old and having sex with her when she was 9. But he also saw that he had the opportunity to build up other kind of alliances. He does not speculate as to whether a better-prepared America would have deterred North Korea from attacking the South, in 1950, or persuaded the Soviets to rein them in. When that happened he would have no choice but to resign. By the summer of 2017 I had changed my views.
And certainly in combat the reason I kept a tattered copy in my rucksack to pull out at times was it allowed me to look at things with a little distance. I was just wondering hypothetically, if you could have every American read one book, what would it be? And we're talking for a little bit. It was a tough life and yet the humility and the dignity with which he conducted his life-the commitment to his country, to his troops really comes through as you read those pages. At home, it is wonderful to see a warrior-scholar surprising and delighting America again. They had the same kit hanging on them. His leadership skills were evident, not just in all his encounters with out military men and women and their families, but in every international or political engagement.
Negotiating from strength is the Mattis way, whereas Obama preferred to lead from behind. And it is very clear that our capability is building up across all the western democracies. Certainly, Australia, I can go on. But what he did after the war is probably just as compelling, where he extended a hand to our allies who'd been flattened in the war. So I can't give you a good answer right now.