GEN. Mattis’ full statement

https://www.washingtonpost.com/context/former-defense-secretary-jim-mattis-s-full-criticism-of-trump/c7050442-0c6c-417f-98e8-406b1b583def/

Posted without comment, just a nod of the head.

18 thoughts on “GEN. Mattis’ full statement

  1. What took him so long? Another USMA rather than a VMI grad, probably. At VMI, they do not lie, cheat, steal or (spend 3 years pretending to) tolerate those who do.

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    1. He is a retired marine, so it was more than likely USNA (Annapolis), vice USMA (West Point).

      Either way he stated that now was the time to speak up. Maybe not completely satisfactory, but needed at this time, more than ever. -IMO

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  2. Have you all forgotten why Mattis was pushed to resign?

    President Trump decided that we should not have troops in Syria and ordered Mattis to develop a plan to get them out in an orderly manner. Mattis disagreed and simply ignored to order.

    I personally think that was one of Trump’s best decisions. But whether you think we should have continued to wallow in that quagmire or not, the Sect Def does not make policy.

    Now, the tail is still pissed at his failure to wag the dog.

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    1. Yeah. It is a great idea to abandon allies and allow the Russians to dominate the region. Great policy. Our friends in Israel weren’t exactly happy about that either.

      He may not make policy, but he is not paid to say yes blindly when, in his professional military opinion, an idea is a bad one.

      And if what you say about dogs and tails, why wait until now to spout off.

      Your attempt at following Trump’s lead and smearing one of the adults in the room at the beginning of the administration is noted.

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      1. I have consistently said we don’t belong in Syria ever since former President Obama started that war.

        The Russians only Med naval base is in Syria, and they are not going to give it up. Until Obama armed ISIS the Russians had the area well in hand. Giving the Russians, who have a long history of dealing with terrorists, a free hand there IS good policy.

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        1. Obama started the Syrian Civil War?

          I thought it was years of drought, high prices and one of the most brutal dictatorships in modern history.

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          1. Nope. ISIS was under control in Syria until Obama armed them with weapons taken from Gadahfi’s arsenals in Libya via Sydney Blumenthal and Qatar.

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          2. By the same logic we armed the Taliban by giving them weapons to fight the Soviets.

            But we never accuse Reagan of arming them.

            Refugees from Central America? Decades of policies defending the worst dictators you can find for American business interests.

            “Blowback” is the word. And because of our ingrained role of world cop, we have seen it over and over.

            Shah of Iran anyone?

            So yes, in the convoluted effort to support those trying to overthrow Assad, ISIS did get arms.

            Semantics.

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          3. Of course not. And eventually we will get a government that can actually do what they all promise.

            Trump hasn’t done any better. He just reshuffled the deck, but the same cards have been dealt.

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          4. Simply true.

            “The U.S. military is beefing up their overseas personnel in Asia and Europe. Not including the Middle East, there are than 225,000 U.S. military personnel stationed abroad.“

            “ The number of active duty U.S. officers in Japan has increased to 63,435 troops in 2019. Last year, there were 56,213 troops stationed in Japan. Germany experienced an increase of more than 10,000 within a year, going from 35,220 U.S. military personnel to 46,900 in 2019. South Korea saw a modest growth in the number of U.S. troops stationed in the country, increasing from 26,311 to 29,048. Italy also had a moderate increase, growing from 12,991 in 2018 to 15,478 in 2019. The same went for the United Kingdom, who jumped to 10,528 from 9,119 the previous year.

            https://www.statista.com/chart/17355/us-military-overseas/

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          5. Are any of those middle eastern countries where our troops are targets?

            Notwithstanding, I’d bring them all home and let our allies pay their own way.

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          6. Saudi Arabia. That is why bin Laden planned 9/11. We had troops in the land of Mecca and Medina.

            But the point was that our commitments overseas has expanded.

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          7. Assad started the civil war in his own country with his brutish tactics against his own people. Obama started nothing, He did try to effect regime change by arming ISIS in Syria along with other anti-Assad forces, without direct involvement. Exactly how many US troops died in Syria? 9, according to latest reporting that I was able to find.

            Should we be the police force for the world? No. But allied interests do play a part in that decision making, regardless of who sits in the Oval Office.

            Lots of semantics, but to say Trump is doing anything to get troops out is a misrepresentation of the facts.

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    2. We still have 2000 troops in Syria. I think we doubled them in the murderous Saudi regime.

      Still in Afghanistan trying for the millionth time to cut a deal with the Taliban.

      So what has changed since get rid of Mattis?

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    3. John Kelly who was Chief of Staff at the time disagrees and he would certainly know more than anyone the circumstances of Mattis’ choice to leave.

      “The president did not fire him. He did not ask for his resignation,” Kelly, who was Trump’s chief of staff when Mattis departed the administration, told the Washington Post. “The president has clearly forgotten how it actually happened or is confused.”

      https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/04/john-kelly-jim-mattis-feud-trump-301335?cid=apn

      Trump insulting Mattis is just childish.

      As usual.

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