In the eyes of the Republicans, Anne Patterson is a lifelong diplomat and not a defense specialist; she’s just not fit for the position. While being on duty during the brotherhood’s rule, Patterson was a de facto spin doctor for the regime during Egypt’s counterrevolution.
Patterson consistently resisted opportunities to disapprove Morsy’s government despite the increased authoritarian policies it implemented. In an interview with the Egyptian English-language news sit Ahram Online, Patterson repeatedly dodged questions about Morsy’s leadership.
To some liberal Egyptians, the ambassador was conspiring with their enemy. Protestors even carried signs with her face crossed out.
The Hot Air reports:
If nominated and confirmed [as undersecretary of defense for policy], Patterson would hold the fourth most powerful position at the Pentagon – and would effectively be the top civilian in the Defense Department, since both Mattis and his deputy, Robert Work, were military officers…
“The biggest pushback [from the White House] is that she was ambassador to Egypt immediately before and after the Morsi presidency,” said a person familiar with the conversations. For Mattis’s part, he has “put her name forward and he doesn’t quite understand why people have an objection,” the person said
“General Mattis has made it known that Mad Dog’s personnel choices are his and not what we are told are in his opinion political hacks from the Trump team—even though they’re great people,” said a former Trump campaign aide. “It’s the world view of a four-star general.”