The highest ranking official in the Department of Defense has consistently opposed President Donald J. Trump’s agenda at nearly every turn, including withdrawal from the disastrous Iran deal.
“Asked at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing whether the U.S. should stay in the Iran deal, Mattis would not give his opinion,” according to an April report. “He later said that the deal’s provisions allow ‘pretty robust’ oversight of what Iran is doing.”
The deal forged by the Obama administration lifted economic sanctions on Iran allowing them access to $100 billion in assets frozen overseas with essentially a word-of-mouth agreement that Islamic nation would not covertly continue to build its nuclear program. The former president also transferred $1.7 billion in cash to Iran.
But still, Mattis protected the agreement.
“I’ve read it now three times … and I will say that it is written almost with an assumption that Iran would try to cheat,” he said at an Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in April. “So the verification, what is in there, is actually pretty robust as far as our intrusive ability.”
Mattis was widely praised by the mainstream press for supporting the effort to remain in the agreement. He even tried to steer the White House back towards the agreement after Trump announced that he would withdraw in early May.
“Defense Secretary Jim Mattis held out hope that renewed efforts to curtail Iran’s nuclear program in consultation with European nations could still work, a day after President Trump announced his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear pact, upsetting some of the Pentagon’s most important allies abroad,” according to the Washington Post.
Mattis’ clear repudiation of Trump’s move is evidence that the head of the Department of Defense is actively working against the President.
Two Men Arrested for Planning Terrorist Attack on Trump Tower in Support of ISIS
They’re from South Carolina and Texas.
The FBI has arrested two men and charged them with planning terrorist attacks on locations such as New York’s Trump Tower in support of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Kristopher Sean Matthews of South Carolina and Jaylyn Christopher Molina of Texas have been charged with conspiring to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Matthews adopted the pseudonym Ali Jibreel, and Molina the name Abdur Rahim.
The pair allegedly plotted to attack government facilities and New York’s Trump Tower, discussing their plans in jihadist chatrooms. They were busted by federal informants within these honeypots.
“We need to stick together, we need to defeat them, we need to take a lot of casualties,” said Molina of the pair’s plotting. Molina spoke of his allegiance to ISIS in the server. “You are my enemy (America) and never will I wear your flag … but I will raise the black flag of Allah.”
They also spoke of the proposition of traveling to Syria in order to fight for ISIS, an idea that would’ve almost certainly resulted in their quick capture or death. American citizens caught fighting for ISIS on foreign battlefields have proven to be a legal nightmare for American military and civil law to manage.
Both were arrested on Monday. They face a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison, with a lifetime of supervised release.
These clowns didn’t get very far in actually planning acts of violence in support of ISIS, and they seem to have somewhat missed the boat- ISIS has largely been defeated by American-backed Kurdish militias and the Iraqi and Syrian governments. But they deserve punishment nonetheless.
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