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Time Names Defense Sec. Mattis One of Its Most Influential People of 2017

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• April 26, 2017 5:25 pm

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Time magazine listed Secretary of Defense James Mattis as one of the 100 most influential people of 2017.

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates praised Mattis in Time, touting his "deep knowledge of history, his strategic vision, his appreciation of both America’s national interests and its values, his tough-mindedness about policies and people, and his integrity."

Mattis, Gates noted, "oversaw the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan." Time featured recently-arrested, anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour as one of its most influential people for 2017 alongside Mattis.

Sarsour, among other things, publicly supported Sharia law, seemed to praise child terrorism, called Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "a waste of a human being," and said her "Arab pride was hurt" after U.S. forces captured former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.

The New York Police Department arrested Sarsour for disorderly conduct after she refused to leave a protest outside of Trump tower in New York City. A video posted to Twitter on March 8 showed authorities arresting Sarsour.

Time grouped Sarsour with three other women who led the Women's March in January after President Donald Trump's inauguration. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) said in Time that the four women including Sarsour "had the courage to take on something big, important and urgent, and never gave up."

Sarsour wasn't the only person on Time's list who had a questionable history with the law. Time put undocumented immigrant Jeanette Vizguerra on the list as well.

Vizguerra, according to the New York Times, postponed deportation for several years after allegedly using fake documents. She eventually found refuge in a Denver, Colorado church with her children.

Published under: James Mattis, Linda Sarsour