Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Panetta: Dems should give Mattis waiver to head Defense
At The Hill by Mark Hench --
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Democrats should approve a waiver allowing retired Marine Corps. Gen. James Mattis to serve as President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of Defense.
President Obama's former Defense secretary called a 1947 law requiring military officials be out of uniform for at least seven years before being allowed to lead the Pentagon "arbitrary." Mattis retired in 2013 after leading U.S. Central Command.
“It’s important that the Congress in the process of providing that waiver makes sure that Jim Mattis understands that he has to play a role not just on the military side but also the civilian side,” Panetta said in a Washington Post interview published Tuesday. "I think he does."