Amotz Asa-El’s View from Jerusalem: Trump should not have picked a general as defense secretary

“The Hollywood image of the fire-breathing Marine commander” does not fit the “small, slight and bespectacled” Maj. Gen. James Mattis, the Armed Forces Journal wrote of Donald Trump’s lead candidate for secretary of defense.

Having arrived at the battlefields of Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq armed with Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius’s Stoic “Meditations,” the man Trump has reportedly chosen to be secretary of defense, is indeed unique among generals.

Civilians Flee Aleppo Amid Intense Bombardment


Hundreds of people fled their homes in Aleppo on Sunday as Syrian regime forces continued to advance into opposition-held areas amid intense bombardment, seizing key territory as they gained momentum against rebels in the war-torn city.

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