- Benjamin Haas: Donald Trump's pick for secretary of defense is good for him and good for us
- Behind Mattis' "tough guy" appeal is security and psychological know-how, he writes
Benjamin Haas is a student at Stanford Law School. He graduated from West Point in 2009 and was an intelligence officer in the Army for five years. He was deployed to Afghanistan twice. The views expressed here are his own.
(CNN)During his campaign, Donald Trump unabashedly revealed his obsession with historic generals whose personalities he perceives to have been strong, relentless and rough around the edges.