“Americans Are Not Made Of Cotton Candy” -Jim Mattis To West Point Graduates

first published on June 2, 2017 by

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis delivers the commencement speech for the graduation ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 27, 2017.

First and foremost, congratulations to the West Point, and Annapolis, classes of 2017. Welcome to the operating forces, we wish you the best in your future endeavors leading our Nation’s Military into the future. Below is the full speech delivered by U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis at the graduation ceremony for cadets at West Point.

“By the time this class was in the first grade classrooms in every state across our union, our country had been thrust into a war by maniacs who thought that by hurting us, they could scare us. Well, we don’t scare, and nothing better represent America’s awesome determination to defend herself than this graduating class.Every one of you could have opted out. You’d grown up seeing the war on round the clock news. There was no draft. Colleges across this land would have moved Heaven and Earth to recruit you for schools that would never make such demands on you as West Point.” -Jim Mattis to the West Point class of 2017.