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Marine tried to impress his crush by hacking Jim Mattis’ computer and sending praising email

An infatuated young Marine once tried to impress his crush by ‘hacking’ into Maj. Gen. Jim Mattis’s computer and sending a praising email to the fellow service member, the former defense secretary revealed last week. 

‘By the way, Private First Class so-and-so is the greatest Marine in the entire division,’ the young man wrote, according to Mattis.  

The Tri-City Herald reports that Mattis was the guest at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s monthly membership luncheon and shared the story in front of nearly 1,000 attendees. 

Jim Mattis (center) revealed that a young Marine once ‘hacked’ into his computer and sent a praising email to a fellow service member he had a crush on

Mattis, a famed Marine who once led the 1st Division, spent the event speaking about leadership and his time in the military. 

While Mattis was surprised by the email, he admitted that it exemplified traits, like initiative and aggressiveness, that the organization wanted to foster within its ranks. 

‘Great initiative, not the best judgment. A private first class does not want to see a two-star general,’ he said.

Mattis said such a move would have serious consequences at a higher rank, but it’s important to recognize the difference between a mistake and a lack of discipline. 

‘He was young enough to make a mistake like that, which would have been an ethical mistake up above… he got punished by being assigned to my personal staff,’ the 69-year-old joked. 

Mattis: 'He was young enough to make a mistake like that, which would have been an ethical mistake up above... he got punished by being assigned to my personal staff'

Mattis: ‘He was young enough to make a mistake like that, which would have been an ethical mistake up above… he got punished by being assigned to my personal staff’ 

He went on to describe the type of environment the Marines inspire among soldiers. 

‘It’s like all organizations in the world, the leadership of the Marine Corps gets the behavior they reward,’ he said. 

‘Whatever your leadership rewards in your organization, that’s the behavior you’re going to get….eventually an organization reflects the personality of whoever is given the responsibility of being up at the top. ‘

Mattis (left), who spent more than four decades in the Marines, was brought on as secretary of defense of the Trump administration

Mattis (left), who spent more than four decades in the Marines, was brought on as secretary of defense of the Trump administration 

Mattis’, who earned the nickname Mad Dog for his military prowess, spent more than four decades in the Marine’s before he resigned under President Donald Trump’s administration. 

Mattis served as Trump’s defense secretary until he resigned in December 2018 because of his incompatibility with the commander-in-chief, specifically the decision to withdraw troops from Syria. 

Chief among them is that Mattis believes Trump hasn’t tended the diplomatic garden of international alliances, leaving the United States unable to defend its interests overseas.  

Mattis (center) resigned from his position in December 2018 after he objected to the Trump administration's decision to withdraw troops from Syria

Mattis (center) resigned from his position in December 2018 after he objected to the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria 

‘Because you have the right to a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects. I believe it is right for me to step down from my position,’ Mattis wrote in his resignation letter.  

‘While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies.’

Mattis also declared that America ‘must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours.’ 

Although the Trump administration maintained that the two men had a good relationship, Trump would later refer to Mattis as ‘the world’s most overrated general’ during a contentious White House meeting with members of Congress. 

Trump also said Mattis ‘wasn’t tough enough’ and later said, ‘I captured ISIS.’

The retired Marine General hit back at the president just one day later while speaking at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York in October. 

He jokingly referred to himself as the ‘Meryl Streep of generals.’

‘I’m not just an overrated general. I’m the most overrated general,’ Mattis said.

‘I’m honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress. 

Mattis (pictured) pushed back at Trump's claim that he is 'the world's most overrated general' at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York

Mattis (pictured) pushed back at Trump’s claim that he is ‘the world’s most overrated general’ at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York

Mattis (right): 'I'm honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress. So I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals, and frankly that sounds pretty good to me'

Mattis (right): ‘I’m honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress. So I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals, and frankly that sounds pretty good to me’ 

‘So I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals, and frankly that sounds pretty good to me.

‘You do have to admit that between me and Meryl, at least we’ve had some victories.’ 

Trump slammed Streep as ‘one of the most overrated’ actresses in Hollywood when she criticized him during a Golden Globes speech. 

He went on to say the ‘underrated’ label from Trump didn’t bother him. 

‘I earned my spurs on the battlefield; Donald Trump earned his spurs from the doctor,’ he said.  

Recently, NBC News reported that the Trump administration was considering  removing 4,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by November 2020. 

Pictured: Two U.S. soldiers stationed in Afghanistan looking over a hillside  in June 2019

Pictured: Two U.S. soldiers stationed in Afghanistan looking over a hillside  in June 2019 

An official confirmation from the Trump administration or the The White House has not yet been made. 

The U.S. currently has between 12,000 and 13,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan, and the withdrawal would leave behind between 8,000 to 9,000 troops .

Two U.S. officials told NBC News that the reduction would include a combination of troops re-deploying early and others not being replaced when they rotate out of the position. 

Officials also described the move as a staggered withdrawal that would occur over a few months. 

The rumored announcement came just days after Zalmay Khalilzad, the Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, rejoined diplomatic talks with the Taliban after the group broke down in September. 

Zalmay Khalilzad, the Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation. said the U.S. was taking a 'brief pause' from peace talks with the Taliban on Thursday

Zalmay Khalilzad, the Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation. said the U.S. was taking a ‘brief pause’ from peace talks with the Taliban on Thursday 

Khalilzad, who’s position entails securing peaceful resolutions to conflicts in Afghanistan, said on December 12 that the U.S. was ‘taking a brief pause’ in peace talks after an attack killed two Afghan civilians and wounded 70 others. 

Taliban fighters reportedly failed to breach the U.S. military base, Bagram Airbase, but a suicide bombing struck a nearby medical facility. 

As of now, a spokesman for the U.S. forces-Afghanistan said they have not received direct orders to remove troops. 

‘U.S. Forces-Afghanistan has not received orders to reduce troop levels in Afghanistan,’ the spokesman said. 

‘We remain fully committed to the Resolute Support mission and our Afghan partners, and focused on our key objective: ensuring Afghanistan is never again used as a safe haven for terrorists who threaten the United States, our allies or our interests.’

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told audience members at the Reagan National Defense Forum that the cutback on U.S. troops will happen regardless of whether the Taliban negotiates an agreement or not. 

Gen. Scott Miller, the commander in Afghanistan, assured that he can endure a reduction in troops. 

Esper said in October that the U.S. could decrease to 8,600 troops without negatively affecting their counterterror operations. 

‘The commander feels confident we can go down to a lower level without jeopardizing our ability to ensure that Afghanistan doesn’t become a safe haven for terrorism,’ he said. 

NBC News reported that the Trump administration was considering on removing 4,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by November 2020

NBC News reported that the Trump administration was considering on removing 4,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by November 2020 

Esper added that he hopes to relocate those troops from CENTCOM to the Asia Pacific region, which he refers to as his ‘priority theater.’ 

The withdrawal announcement is ‘part of trying to reset the talks with the Taliban,’ Esper said, and with this move Khalizad can propose to the Taliban that the two sides restart negotiations where they left off. 

Ideally, with the U.S. withdrawing troops and the Taliban agreeing to a ceasefire. 

‘This takes us to the minimum that you have to keep in the country to remain credible negotiating with the Taliban,’ Esper said. 

President Donald Trump has been vocal with his push to withdrawal U.S. troops from Afghanistan since his first presidential campaign run in 2016. 

President Donald Trump (pictured) has been vocal about his desire to remove U.S. troops from overseas since his 2016 presidential campaign

President Donald Trump (pictured) has been vocal about his desire to remove U.S. troops from overseas since his 2016 presidential campaign

He promised Americans to end wars like the one in Afghanistan and lower the number of U.S. troops deployed overseas. 

In 2018, The White House ordered the Pentagon to create plans to remove troops from Afghanistan as Trump looked over his options. 

At the time, The White House asked the Pentagon to consider several options, including complete withdrawal from the country. 

Over the past three years his advisers have persuaded him otherwise in regards to the ongoing Afghanistan mission, but he took a stance in October when he suddenly pulled troops out of Syria. 

Trump has reportedly made it clear to his advisers earlier this year that he wants all U.S. troops removed from Afghanistan in time for the 2020 presidential election. 

‘It’s all about talking points in 2020,’ a former official said. 

 

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