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Offline Eupher

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US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to Quit
« on: December 20, 2018, 05:11:38 PM »
Apparently as the result of DJT's announcement about pulling troops out of Syria. Mattis' resignation letter states that Trump has the right to have a Defence Secretary with views aligned with his own.

Sanders apparently said in the daily puke fest with the MSM in the WH press room that the Pentagon would have more information regarding Trump's announcement concerning Syria. The Pentagon had no f'n idea.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46640114
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Re: US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to Quit
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2018, 06:48:55 PM »
Since The Swamp is fairly upset, and since the president said that Mattis "is a Democrat," then this must be a decent decision!  :cheersmate:


Another assumption connected to the decision is the idea that the money saved can be used for The Wall.  Whatever, Mattis was always transitional, and he seemed to do well on that basis.  "Transitional" in that interventionism (to please the military-industrial complex) would be phased out and replaced with economic strangulation as the leverage against our enemies.   
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Re: US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to Quit
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2018, 07:18:24 PM »
I admire Mattis but being in Syria was accomplishing nothing but prolonging the civil war and keeping floods of refugees going into Europe for as long as it stayed unstable (Which we were doing our level best to make permanent).

The US never had enough forces committed to do more than keep Assad from winning.  Committing real main force ground units in big numbers was never an option -
We don't have them to spare;
Their logistics would depend on transport through Iraq, where thanks to Obozo's precipitate exit without fighting for a SOFA, the Russians are gradually edging us out of any influence;
The electorate will turn on any commitment that takes more than a Presidential term (Two at tops) to wind up, and his party will lose to a 'Get the US out' opposition candidate.

Look at the Arab Spring that Obama and Clinton wanted so uch credit for.  Yeah, a lot of relatively secular autocrats were deposed, but they were all replaced by religious fanatics or failed states with local religious fanatic warlords, except Egypt...which was briefly taken over by a Muslim Brotherhood government, before an army coup...so net-net, the Egyptians didn't end up any better off, they just didn't end up any worse.

The intelligence and defense establishment (Including Mattis) is still married to regime change in Syria, which was even less-effectively pursued by the previous Administration, but it was not the announced policy basis for our present commitment in Syria.   
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Re: US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to Quit
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2018, 08:11:43 PM »
Since The Swamp is fairly upset, and since the president said that Mattis "is a Democrat," then this must be a decent decision!  :cheersmate:


As a Vet myself, I say that all 'mad dog' cheerleaders watch too much CNN!

Should’ve been canned a long time ago.

He opposed the President’s decision to withdraw from the Paris “climate change” accords, opposed decertifying the Iran deal and opposed moving the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

And Oh yeah ...

Mattis Tried To Kill Plan To Bar Transgender Surgery For Troops
 
https://taskandpurpose.com/mattis-tried-to-kill-plan-to-bar-transgender-surgery-for-troops/

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Despite Trump's call for ban, Mattis expected to back allowing transgender troops in military

https://pilotonline.com/news/government/politics/nation/article_53b535e8-1822-11e8-bb35-f7c61abba7b7.html

And Let's Not Forget ...

Mattis Warned Recognition of Jerusalem as Capital Could Spur Unrest

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In his Senate confirmation hearing in January, Mattis firmly declared that Tel Aviv was the capital of Israel.

He also said he backed a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/12/06/mattis-warned-recognition-jerusalem-capital-could-spur-unrest.html
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Re: US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to Quit
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2018, 06:51:20 PM »

As a Vet myself, I say that all 'mad dog' cheerleaders watch too much CNN!

Should’ve been canned a long time ago.

He opposed the President’s decision to withdraw from the Paris “climate change” accords, opposed decertifying the Iran deal and opposed moving the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

And Oh yeah ...

Mattis Tried To Kill Plan To Bar Transgender Surgery For Troops
 
https://taskandpurpose.com/mattis-tried-to-kill-plan-to-bar-transgender-surgery-for-troops/

AND

Despite Trump's call for ban, Mattis expected to back allowing transgender troops in military

https://pilotonline.com/news/government/politics/nation/article_53b535e8-1822-11e8-bb35-f7c61abba7b7.html

And Let's Not Forget ...

Mattis Warned Recognition of Jerusalem as Capital Could Spur Unrest

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/12/06/mattis-warned-recognition-jerusalem-capital-could-spur-unrest.html

Yes!  Excellent Litany for a Farewell!  Thank you, General Mattis, but no thank you!  O-)
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