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in his own words Uncommon wisdom from the ‘most revered Marine in a generation’ “No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.�

He led Marines in two wars, is highly respected and reportedly convinced the president-elect to rethink the use of torture in less than an hour.

“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.�


etired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis is known as “Chaos,� “Warrior Monk� and “Mad Dog.� The names reflect his blunt way of speaking — and his ability to cut through bullsh–t to get results. A man whom many would like to see run for president himself, he is Donald Trump’s expected pick for secretary of defense. Mattis, who retired with four stars in 2013, met with Trump as a candidate on the short list to direct the Defense Department. Afterward, the presidentelect called the 66-year-old “impressive� in a tweet. The general led Task Force 58 into Afghanistan in 2001 — the first large U.S. ground force to enter the nation, as a one-star general based at Camp Pendleton. Mattis went on to lead San Diego County Marines in the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the bloody Fallujah campaign of 2004. He later had a hand in writing the counterinsurgency doctrine that helped turn around the deadly Al Anbar district after 2006 with Army Gen. David Petraeus — who is also being considered for a post in the new administration. The Marine icon — a legend, even — is known to speak truth to power, and has a few thoughts on how to make America great again.

“You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.�

“There is nothing better than getting shot at and missed. It’s really great.� “The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some a–holes in the world that just need to be shot.�

America is not an island

“Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.�

America now is built on the ideology of the post-WWII generation, meaning the institutions of this country, and its attitudes toward the rest of world, revolve around one idea: the world works best when countries work together to stop global threats. “The constructed order reflected the wisdom of those who recognized no nation lived as an island and we needed new ways to deal with challenges that for better or worse impacted all nations,� Mattis told Congress in 2015. “Like it or not, today we are part of this larger world and must carry out our part... The international order built on the state system is not self-sustaining.�

“The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.�

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Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich says the Taliban would have been defeated sooner had American forces blasted more tracks from the band’s album “St. Anger.�

to your ad in the “Recycler� that was seeking people to jam with. What were the other ads you placed in that issue? Were you selling an Atari? LU: I did not have anything of that status at the time. I can tell you what I wasn’t selling, which was soap, because Hetfield’s standard story when he describes our first meeting in the wake of the ad was that he thought I smelled very European and hadn’t washed in years.

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IF MCGREGOR CAN’T DEFEND MULTIPLE UFC TITLES, WHO CAN? Irishman forced to give up featherweight belt

More than a decade ago, when the UFC only had five weight classes and far fewer total fighters, B.J. Penn would speak frequently about holding belts in multiple divisions simultaneously. And at the same time, UFC president Dana White would shudder and say he wouldn’t allow it to happen. Who didn’t love to see the small man dream, to shoot for a seemingly unattainable star? This is a guy who easily made lightweight moving up to light heavyweight to face future UFC champion Lyoto Machida. When Conor McGregor said he wanted to move up to lightweight to challenge then-champion Rafael dos Anjos for that belt after knocking out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194, it evoked memories of Penn. McGregor ultimately did move up and gain the lightweight title, resoundingly stopping Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 to become the first fighter in the company’s history to hold two belts simultaneously. But he never defended the featherweight belt, as he said he would, and on Nov. 26 was stripped of his 145-pound title

The UFC stripped Connor McGregor of his featherweight title Nov. 26 because he didn’t defend it.

by the UFC. If McGregor, who fights as regularly as any high-level star in the UFC’s history, couldn’t do it, who can? White, it turns out, was correct all those many years ago when he repeatedly shot

down Penn’s request to challenge for multiple titles. The UFC has become a big business in the last decade-plus since Penn dreamed of holding multiple belts simultaneously. That was evidenced loudly and clearly in

July, when a company that was purchased off the scrap heap for $2 million in 2001 sold for $4.2 billion 15 years later. With big money comes more people looking to get a piece of it. And from top to bottom, the talent at the highest level of mixed martial arts is better than it’s ever been. A higher level of athlete is coming to the sport. There is better coaching, better training techniques, better understanding of nutrition and supplementation and better preparation. Look at the lightweight division, which McGregor now rules, and consider how many fighters are good enough to win the belt. Alvarez and dos Anjos have already held it. Contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson are clearly good enough. So, too, is Nate Diaz and Edson Barboza and so many others. Will any of them ever hold the title? That remains to be seen. Odds are, most of them won’t. But there are so many talented enough to do so that it’s like running a gauntlet of executioners just to try to retain the title. One bad night — even a good night with one little mistake — could cost a champion his or her belt in the modern UFC. The level of competition is that good. To go one step beyond what McGregor did and not only win a second belt but then defend both at least once is mindbogglingly difficult.

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WASHINGTON — Troops still have a chance in December to receive their highest pay raise in years, even if Congress goes ahead with plans to put off a vote on 2017 defense spending for months to accommodate President-elect Donald Trump. The House and Senate are hashing out the details of the National Defense Authorization Act, a sprawling military policy bill, and could wrap up early December. House lawmakers have proposed a version of the annual bill that includes a 2.1-percent pay hike instead of the 1.6 percent increase ordered by President Barack Obama to take effect in January. If the House proposal prevails in the final NDAA — the Senate went with the lower raise — it could become law in December and the Defense Department would be required to begin doling out the biggest military pay raise in five years, according to congressional staff involved with the legislation. Obama used an executive order to set the 2016 pay raise at 1.3 percent. Congress has already abandoned plans

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to pass a 2017 defense appropriations bill before the end of the year, which could leave other new policies in the NDAA unfunded for now. But the pay raise could go into effect even as other spending increases are delayed, staff members said. Republican leaders announced they will pursue a stop-gap budget measure to maintain current federal and military funding levels through the end of March so Trump can have input after being sworn in Jan. 20 as president. The Defense Department has repeatedly warned

against such moves, contending it will cause a budgetary complication and thwart good planning. But it remains uncertain how the closed-door NDAA negotiations will pan out in the coming days. The armed services committees in the House and Senate are wrangling over whether to risk Obama’s veto of the NDAA by boosting base spending with $18 billion to buy new hardware such as ships and aircraft, increase troops and boost pay that has been lagging behind the private sector for years.

Military pay raises have been kept below 2 percent since 2011 while troops and families have been stressed by deployments, aging equipment and shrinking overall defense spending. The National Military Family Association has said troops are being “nickeland-dimed� and that a higher pay raise is among its top priorities. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, chairman of the House committee, has been leading the charge for higher military spending — including the 2.1-percent raise — and warning of a readiness crisis due to a dip in spending since the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His Senate counterpart, John McCain, R-Ariz., advocated for a spending boost as well but ended up sponsoring an NDAA that hewed to the lower spending levels requested by the Obama administration. Some budget analysts believe Thornberry and McCain might feel emboldened to push for bigger boosts to the military in the final NDAA following the election of Trump. Congress must still approve any final version of the bill. Democrats have demanded increases for the military be matched dollar for dollar by more domestic spending but now might be more willing to cut a deal as they face a Republican president and Republican-controlled Congress next year.


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The CIA’s failed attempts to kill Castro Fidel Castro survived no fewer than 634 attempts on his life, according to his former secret service chief. Whether that figure is accurate or not, Cuba’s iconic dictator provided an almost-mythical adversary for what became an obsessive, errorprone assassination campaign by the CIA. Many of agency’s attempts to kill Castro were detailed by the Church Committee, a special Senate subcommittee headed by Decomcratic Sen. Frank Church in 1975. Following Castro’s death — ironically on the capitalist Black Friday — here are seven of the most remarkable.

The exploding cigar

Perhaps the most famous attempt to kill Castro came in 1960 when the CIA poisoned a box of his favorite cigars — strong enough to kill anybody who put one in their mouth. The cigars were delivered to an “unidentified person� in 1961, according to the subcommittee, but it’s unclear what happened to them after that. Needless to say, they were never chewed by “El Comandante.�

with Castro’s removal. The agency was willing to pay $150,000 (at least $1.2 million in today’s money). These mobsters were Sam Giancana, the boss of the Chicago mob, and Santos Trafficant, the head of the mob’s Cuban operations. Both of them were members of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list. The CIA provided six pills of “high lethal content� to a cash-strapped Cuban official who had access to Castro. However, the Cuban got cold feet and the plan was abandoned.

The painted seashell

Undeterred, the CIA tried an even more elaborate plan in 1963. Intelligence officials thought they could use Castro’s love of scuba-diving to topple him. They planned to hide explosives inside a large seashell and paint it with exotic colors to lure the attention of the ocean-loving communist. Like many others, this idea was “discarded as impractical.�

The contaminated diving suit

The same year, the CIA planned to contaminate one of Castro’s diving suits with a fungus that would produce a chronic and The reluctant Cuban Months earlier the CIA used a series of debilitating skin disease. The diving suit, as middlemen to enlist two gangsters to help well as an infected breathing apparatus, was

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Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro was the target of an error-prone assassination campaign by the CIA.

meant to be given to Castro by the Ameri- victim would not notice its insertion.�. can lawyer James Donovan, who had been The needle was to be rigged with poiinvolved in hostage negotiations with the son and injected into Castro by a “highly Cuban leader. This plan was abandoned af- placed Cuban official.� ter Donovan gave Castro a different suit. However, the official “did not think much of the device� and complained that surely the CIA could “come up with someThe deadly lover If many of these attempts have the air of thing more sophisticated than that?� The official also suffered bad timing. He a hammy “James Bond� film, Marita Lowas offered the pen on Nov. 22, 1963, the renz was Castro’s femme fatale. Lorenz told Vanity Fair in 1993 that, date of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The event saw the agency withdraw its while she was Castro’s lover in late 1959, she was recruited as a contract-agent for support of the attempt on Castro’s life and the CIA and tasked with assassinating the the official never took the pen to Cuba. Cuban leader. She was given two botulism-toxin pills The psychedelic speech to drop in Castro’s drink, so her story goes. Not all of the attempts were on Castro’s Just one would kill him in 30 seconds, but life: America’s intelligence services inishe got cold feet. tially tried other methods to undermine “I knew the minute I saw the outline of the leader’s public image as a charismatic Havana I couldn’t do it,� she told Vanity strongman. Fair, describing her emotions on landing In 1960, the CIA planned to sabotage in the Cuban capital. Castro’s speeches by spraying his broadEven if she had wanted to kill him, she casting studio with a chemical that would had botched the job. She said she stashed make him suffer similar hallucinations to the pills in a cold-cream jar that made LSD. Other plots included spiking the dicthem gunky and unusable. tator’s cigars with a chemical that would disorientate him, hoping he would smoke one before delivering one of his marathon The poisoned pen Another plot straight out of “James oratory performances. They also tried dusting his shoes with Bond� was its plan to kill Castro using a hypodermic needle concealed within a pen. thallium salts — which would have made The needle would be so fine that “the Castro’s iconic beard fall out.

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Who exactly is America fighting? Why? What exactly is America fighting, ideology-wise? These questions are unclear — and they need to be answered in order to best allocate resources, manpower and funding under the Trump administration. “Murky or quixotic political end states can condemn us to entering wars we don’t know how to end,� Mattis says. He called on the intelligence committee to “delineate and provide an initial prioritization� of all current threats to the U.S. in order to solve these questions, including “rigorously defining the problems� and creating a “more intelligent and focused use of resources.� The biggest physical threat Mattis identifies is the Middle East as a whole, where he notes “our influence is at its lowest point in four decades.� Because our influence is waning, Mattis urges the American military to take a relaxed leadership position where we “recognize that regional counterweights like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council can reinforce us if they un-


derstand our policies and if we clarify our foreign policy goals beyond Iran’s nuclear weapons program.� The biggest ideological threat Mattis identifies is defining Islam vs jihadists. “Violent terrorists cannot be permitted to take refuge behind false religious garb and leave us unwilling to define this threat with the clarity it deserves.� he states. That is a tall order for an issue that is political to its core in the post-9/11 era.

to the military over the next decade,� as part of the 2011 Budget Control Act. Gen. Mattis is not a fan — but his answer isn’t to bulk the military back up. “With less military available, we must reduce our appetite for using it,� he explains. “Tiered readiness with a smaller force must be closely scrutinized to ensure we aren’t merely hollowing out the force.� He continues with specific applications for the Army, Air Force, and Navy: “With the cutbacks to the Army and Air Force and fewer forces around the world, military aspects of our strategy will inevitably become naval in charac— Gen. James Mattis more ter... Are the Navy and our expeditionary forces Yet, he offers a few questions that will receiving the support they need in a world help the administration clarify its deal- where America’s naval role is more proings: “Is political Islam in our best inter- nounced because we have fewer forces est? If not what is our policy to support the posted overseas?� countervailing forces?� Most shocking of all, Mattis advises the Trump administration to do that without Stop cutting military budgets increasing the national debt. “If we refuse to reduce our debt or pay and refocus resources down our deficit, what is the impact on The biggest challenge to the U.S. mili- national security for future generations tary isn’t ISIS, according to Mattis: it’s se- who will inherit this irresponsible debt questration. Sequestration, or “spending and the taxes to service it?� Mattis said. limits on the federal government,� per The “No nation in history has maintained its Hill, “mandates $1.2 trillion in cuts across military power while failing to keep its fisfederal agencies to include $500 million cal house in order.�

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like to pitch you a few right now, if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s okay: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lack of light/lack of fight/full of piss/full of fright/I ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your seeker/I ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your lover/Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just your anger who likes to smotherâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;Ś LU: Um, â&#x20AC;&#x153;smotherâ&#x20AC;?? I would keep â&#x20AC;&#x153;smotherâ&#x20AC;? out of any attempted rhyming pattern. EW: If you were to do a documentary about the making of this new album, what would it be called? LU: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Throwing Darts at a Calendar: The Unpredictable and Completely Illogical Metallica Work Patterns.â&#x20AC;? EW: Metallica has had five consecutive studio albums debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200. What would you do to ensure that this one goes No. 1, too? Would you be willing to, say, give back the Grammy you won for â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. Anger?â&#x20AC;? LU: [Pause] Did we win a Grammy for â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. Anger?â&#x20AC;? EW: You actually did. LU: Winning a Grammy for â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. Angerâ&#x20AC;? just sounds wrong. EW: It does. LU: Since we have more Grammys than No. 1 albums, for the sense of balancing those out, yes, I would give the â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. Angerâ&#x20AC;? Grammy back, to get those numbers closer together. EW: You received a lot of flak for the sound of your snare in â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. Anger.â&#x20AC;? What was your favorite insult? LU: There were so many that I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember, but the one that I generally say was right there with the best of them, which was that I forgot to take the snare

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