July 8th, 2010
02:19 PM ET

New Centcom head announced

Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis has been chosen as the new head of the U.S. Central Command, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Thursday.

Mattis replaces Gen. David Petraeus, who was recently tapped by President Barack Obama to head the military campaign in Afghanistan.

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  1. jm


    July 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Syphon Filter

      I am sure this new appointee is a fine fellow, but truth be told, Centcom is just a propaganda machine for the U.S. government. I use to work in Centcom during the Iraqi war, and speaking from experience, GW Bush used it as a propaganda machine to exploit the media for his global domination agenda. I hope Centcom and it's new appointee can be straghtforward and honest with the American people.

      July 8, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • M

      No you didn't

      July 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim


    July 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Syphon Filter

      "no better friend, no worse enemy", one of Gen. Mattis famous sayings. Mattis is famous for telling his Marines, “Whenever you show anger or disgust toward civilians, it's a victory for Al Qaeda and other insurgents.” Reflecting an understanding of the need for restraint in war, restraint that is a key to defeating an insurgency, he added that, "Every time you wave at an Iraqi civilian, Al Qaeda rolls over in its grave..........

      July 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David Toms

    test... test

    July 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David Toms

    working now... i think this is a great idea....

    July 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Patrick

    The absolute best choice for the job. The true picture of a warrior poet and scholar. I'd follow the "King of Kandahar" to all ends of the earth.

    July 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slimmies

      yeah, but he was also the only 4-star available since he was getting ready to retire.

      July 8, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ira M. Lockhart

    Ohh Rah! Semper Fi General Mattis!

    July 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jj

    excellent choice! bravo!

    July 8, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chuck

    hoorah! devil dogs rule!

    July 8, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JohnO

    The Marines have landed! Get out of the way you idiot politicians!!!

    July 8, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. James

    "Mad Dog" Mattis is definitely the best choice for this job, many congratulations to him!

    July 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Luke

    Marines have proven time and again that they failures when it comes to leading other services. I hope Gen Mathis can change that perception.

    July 8, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigD

      Luke -who the hell are you talking about? Loser.

      July 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • M

      Help yourself to a history book Luke you're talking like a freakin idiot

      July 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ouch

      Luke, use the force and learn to spell: It's MATTIS, not MATHIS.

      July 8, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jacalder

    Kinda feel bad for Petraeus. Isn't it in a way like he got demoted?

    July 8, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • amf

      It is kind of like a demotion, he's been there and done that with the Iraq campaign. Being asked to leave CENTCOM for the Afghanistan campaign probably stung a little bit. But, what are you gonna do? You either do what the boss says, or you go packin right?

      July 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • tresa

      it's like it's the best of both worlds.....it's kind of a demotion...but the fact that he did such a great job establishing Iraq...means that he's now appointed to clean up a mess left behind Gen McC because of his great track record. it's kind of like the boss asking you to do something that u kno u're good at....so u just do it cause it's easy to you and just get it over with....then shine.

      July 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gunny

      Call it a demotion, but he gets paid the same amount of money as a 4 star, and gets more respect being in 'the sh**", vice sitting in a office back in the states. Hoo Rah on the Marines taking over though!!!

      July 8, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • MM

      If Petraeus "wins," he's a hero and probably President one day. If he loses (a heck of a lot more likely), he joins Westmoreland in the history books. I don't know if he's a Repub or Dem, but this seems like an all-or-nothing proposition for him politically.

      July 8, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ken Krieger

    Petraeus is demoted, but he is the only one who can win? Help me Jesus! How long has Obama been stupid? Ken Krieger 239-283 7385 Cape Coral, Florida

    July 8, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • LGilsig

      At the four star level, demotion is a relative term. Further, I think any four star would want a combat command rather than a theatre command...

      July 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Assuming command of Afghanistan would be considered a step down compared to his position at Central Command, but considering his success with the counter-insurgency strategy in Iraq I think it simply shows that the President has a lot of faith that Petraeus is the right man to get the job done. When all is said and done in Afghanistan I'm sure he'll be given a position even more prestigious than Central Command.

      July 8, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jarhed258

    Luke, what are you talking about. Marines have already served in lead positions and have never had issues leading the other services. Gen Mattis just left a two year stint at Joint Forces Command. Gen Jones was the Supreme Allied Commander for NATO and EUCOM, Gen Crist, Gen Hoar, Gen Zinni and now Gen Mattis have all served as Commanding General of CentCom, each time these general officers have been successful in leading of other services. I am not sure what skewed facts you have been privy to but you might want to do some research next time before you make uninformed comments.

    July 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gil

    Yes, Petraeus got demoted (at least in stature.) You can look at it from two sides. One is that the CIC and SECDEF wanted a good proven leader in Afhanastan, so they looked at what they had and pulled. The other is that the CIC and SECDEF weren't too happy with CINTCOM's supervision of McCrystal, so when he blew up, it was a chance to move Petraeous back into the front lines, whee he did a good job, and out of the office job. I'm leaning to the latter, or they would have appointed Mattis to the Afgan job in the first place. Can the Marines lead a joint service command. Sure! If the others won't play he'll just take the ball and run it without them.

    July 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
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