On first glance, Mattis seems to be an atypically good pick, given the general hideous nature of Trump’s cabinet picks.
Then you get to what I called at the time the Rape of Fallujah, a deliberate attempt on my part to draw parallels between what Japanese fascists did in Nanking during World War II. I wasn’t exaggerating when I coined that phrase; at the time well in excess of 90% of the casualties were civilians. According to Wikipedia, when the dust settled the civilian casualty rate was between 71.5% and 77% of the total casualties.
Guess what? James Mattis was in charge of that operation.
Update: Democracy Now has a piece on the Rape of Fallujah here.