DoD/U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith

President Donald Trump has thrown the U.S. military and defense establishment into disarray in the span of just two weeks with the dual humiliating oustings. But at least one of Trump’s vaulted generals is sitting (relatively) pretty and with an approval rating only a touch under the Prez: Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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US Army / Sgt. Amber I. Smith

Defense Secretary James Mattis has scoffed at a New York Times story that claims the National Security Council does not feel the Pentagon has provided President Trump with robust military options to counter North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

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The Trump administration is debating a "bloody nose" attack on North Korea, recent reports say, with the president's inner circle split and apparently teetering between endorsing a strike and holding out hope for diplomacy.

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Last March, in his first public testimony after being confirmed as secretary of defense, retired Marine general James Mattis delivered a strong message to lawmakers tasked with overseeing the Pentagon’s budget: The future of America’s forever wars rests in your hands.

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Is there an end in sight for the Global War on Terror? Don’t count on it.

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