High school newspaper lands interview with Mattis

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 11, 2017

A short time later, Mattis called him back and agreed to talk.

He didn't leave a message but told a friend in journalism class. That's a remarkably candid and revealing statement that any professional journalist would be proud to have elicited from such a tight-lipped senior administration official - and Mattis gave it to a high school newspaper reporter. And afterward, he called the secretary, but Mattis did not pick up the phone.

"I speak the same to high schoolers, college grads, or congressmen.I've found high schoolers to be plenty bright", Mr Mattis said.

He added: "You're from Washington state". "You're from Washington state; I grew up in Washington state". "Generally speaking, just because someone disagrees with you doesn't make them insane or evil", responded Mattis. The answer? Because he tries to help students, and because Fischer and he have something in common.

"I never really thought it would work", Fischer said.

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General James Mattis during Senate confirmation hearings, 2010.

TEDDY: You were quoted recently in the The New Yorker as saying that what anxious you most in your new position as secretary of defense was "The lack of political unity in America". "I think ideologies can be countered by showing people a better education and hope for the future by learning how to get along with one another". That's politics there's nothing wrong with that.

"I don't care for ideological people. I still understand that because politics is a little rough and tumble at times, but I don't buy it and when they start calling each other either insane or evil". You and I, we don't compromise with insane people or evil people. There's no reason to get all worked up as if someone is evil or insane. "It's like those people just want to stop thinking", Mattis said. They know what they think, they don't read anything but one newspaper that agrees with them or they watch only one television news show because it reinforces them, instead of listening to the ones that don't agree with them. "You won't get all caught up in your own problems if you're out helping others overcome theirs".

The biggest advice Mattis offered Fischer during the interview was to remain a student of history.

"I wonder what would happen if we turned around and we helped pay for high school students, a boy and girl at each high school in that country to come to America for one year and don't do it just once, but do it 10 years in a row".

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