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Nobody will argue with the Midwest professor when he says Ariana owns the counterterror stage, not even Mad Dog Mattis himself.
Ticketmaster reported today that it took only six minuets to sell out the One Love Manchester concert slated for Sunday.
About the same time the tickets were going like THAAD missiles in a barrage, SecDef spoke to a small crowd of 900 cadets and could not help to ref the recent show at the arena:
"Manchester's tragic loss underscores the purpose of your years of study and training at this elite school," Mattis told the 950 graduating cadets at West Point. "We must never permit murderers to define our time or warp our sense of normal. This is not normal."
Hinting at what Obama would often refer to terror strikes as "The New Normal", it's plain that Mattis rejects the notion, and so does Ariana. But the styles are entirely different, which clearly showed when the 45K tickets were gobbled up in less time than it takes to run the Parris Island recruit obstacle course.
The Old Guard may have the General, but the New Guard has its own way of fighting the war. Throughout history, there have been armies in retreat following a resounding defeat on the battlefield. This may well have been the case had not the new General, Ariana, regrouped and sent her forces back out into the field immediately.
There's a certain sense of not just coming together in love and peace in her new show, but one of defiance, not seen since the anti-war days of VietNam; where the young were not afraid to stand up and fight.
Mattis: "We Americans are not made of cotton candy."
Not then, not now.