Elder Patriot – When it comes to deriding President Trump, the mercenary propaganda media has been abundantly consistent in one thing, its hypocrisy.
First listen to MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace blast President Trump over the fact that General James “Mad Dog” Mattis resigned in disagreement with the president.
The world is less safe today after the dramatic resignation of the last human guard rail, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
His resignation is a clear rebuke of Donald Trump’s reckless decisions about troop withdrawals in Syria and Afghanistan.
The backlash to Donald Trump’s impulsivity being felt this afternoon at home and around the world and reigniting questions about who Trump is working for…
Ms. Wallace, and the other talking-point reciters, conveniently avoided an inconvenient piece of historical perspective that would’ve otherwise undermined her attempt to add hysterical perspective to her completely disingenuous narrative:
The general that Obama fired was the same James Mattis who resigned this week.
From the January 25, 2013 edition of the Weekly Standard:
President Barack Obama fired General James Mattis, the head of Central Command, without even calling the general to let him know he was being replaced.
As reported by ForeignPolicy.com on the same date:
I am told that General Mattis was traveling and in a meeting when an aide passed him a note telling him that the Pentagon had announced his replacement as head of Central Command. It was news to him — he hadn’t received a phone call or a heads-up from anyone at the Pentagon or the White House.
I asked a friend about that. He wrote back:
…the commander-in-chief can make a change whenever he wants and give no reason. That is right and proper under our system of government.
But there’s also the matter of common courtesy to an uncommon man. Here is what one person wrote to me: “What message does it send to the Services when the one leader known for his war-fighting rather than diplomatic or bureaucratic political skills is retired early via one sentence in the Pentagon’s daily press handout? Even in battle, Mattis was inclusive of all under his command. He took the time to pull together his driver and guards after every day’s rotation on the battlefield, telling them what he thought he had learned and asking them for input. Surely senior administration officials could have found the time to be gracious. But they didn’t.” Bing West, admittedly a friend of Mattis and fellow Marine, tells me: “It was injudicious to truncate Mattis’s command time because his toughness was well-known across the Middle East. The image of a determined warfighter is precisely what a commander-in-chief should cherish when trying to exert leverage upon a recalcitrant Iran.”
Upon receipt of the general’s resignation letter, President Trump showed the graciousness that eluded Obama:
There is no denying that Mattis is a tough SOB and was the man that Trump wanted in charge as he efforted to fight back ISIS control and rebuild the military both things that history tells us Obama had no interest in achieving.
But Trump knows that approach, by itself, results in never-ending engagement. Good for profits for the military-industrial complex but not good for our wallets, our children, or our grandchildren.
Trump is transitioning to a foreign policy based as much on leveraging U.S. economic power as it relies on leveraging its military might. If he is successful, he will achieve Ronald Reagan’s ideal of “Peace Through Strength.”
President Trump has been clear that, to him, economic security is a necessary precursor to national security and with his country a quarter of a quadrillion dollars in debt his country’s future is endangered by following the same failed course of the past.
Mattis’ hissy fit over the withdrawal of 2,000 U.S. ground troops from Syria, when Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has committed to sending his forces to replace the ones we’re pulling out, when.virtually all of our gains in Syria had been achieved through air power, shouldn’t reflect on the president as much as it should on the defense secretary.
President Trump has provided enough financial incentive to our allies in the region for them to begin taking on the costs of policing their own backyard.
Remembering Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s role in embarrassing MbS with the assassination of “journalist” Jamal Khashoggi, there may be no Middle Eastern leader more motivated in the entire region to protect the Kurds against Turkish military adventurism.
MbS owes us one after President Trump’s courageous stand in his defense and the fact that the Saudis uses equipment purchased from U.S. defense contractors should be a good thing for those who relish profit in war.
It’s time to see if those economic incentives, including sanctions against those countries doing business with Iran (pressures) will be more successful and cost effective than the hopeless course we’ve been on.
It’s time to take the training wheels off. With our military – and Israel’s – everywhere throughout the region our response time, should they disappoint, will be minimal.