Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis left his post in the administration last year, in opposition to President Donald Trump announcing a troop withdrawal from Syria, and he is blistering his former boss in his new book.
“I did as well as I could for as long as I could,” Mattis writes in his upcoming book, “Call Sign Chaos,” excerpts of which were published in The Wall Street Journal this morning. “When my concrete solutions and strategic advice, especially keeping faith with our allies, no longer resonated, it was time to resign.”
“All Americans need to recognize that our democracy is an experiment and one that can be reversed. We all know that we are better than our current politics,” Mattis writes in another veiled jab toward the President.
Mattis criticized Trump for not being sufficiently interventionist throughout the world, as he believes that an “America First” philosophy is insufficient for the modern world.
“A leader must display strategic acumen that incorporates respect for those nations that have stood with us when trouble loomed. Returning to a strategic stance that includes the interests of as many nations as we can make common cause with, we can better deal with this imperfect world we occupy together,” Mattis writes.
Mattis’ writings make it more obvious why President Trump once referred to him as “sort of a Democrat” before he left the administration, which puzzled many of his right-wing supporters who bought into his tough-as-nails “Mad Dog” persona.
“I think he’s sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth. But General Mattis is a good guy. We get along very well. He may leave. I mean, at some point, everybody leaves. Everybody. People leave. That’s Washington,” Trump said of Mattis shortly before his departure.
In addition to opposing President Trump’s plans to remove troops from the Middle East, Mattis also fought to stop the President’s proposed ban on transgender personnel serving in the military. Mattis also reportedly plotted a possible GOP primary challenge against President Trump in 2020 for a time before ultimately deciding against it.
“My purpose in writing this book, is to convey the lessons I learned for those who might benefit, whether in the military or in civilian life,” Mattis writes.
While Mattis may have an exemplary record serving his country, his politics were out of step with Trump’s “America First” mandate, and the excerpts from his upcoming book only make that fact abundantly clear.
POLL: 52% of Republicans Believe President Trump Rightfully Won the 2020 Presidential Election
Standing by the President.
More than half of national Republican voters recognize President Donald Trump as the legitimate victor of the 2020 Presidential election, according to a new poll from Reuters.
The poll questioned national voters on their impressions of the election. 73% of respondents recognized that Joe Biden “won,” but when asked which candidate “rightfully won,” Republican voters were far more skeptical. 52% of Republicans indicated that Donald Trump was the rightful victor of the 2020 election.
55% of voters described the 2020 election as “legitimate and accurate,” down 7% from the 62% of Americans who described the 2016 election as such. 28% expressly identified the election outcome as the product of “illegal voting or election rigging,” up 12% from 2016.
Even some Democrats and Independents expressed concerns over election integrity. 16% of Democrats and 33% of Independents said they were concerned over election rigging, with a strong majority of 68% of Republicans agreeing.
Democrats have largely memory-holed years of election conspiracy theories alleging wide-ranging interference plots on the part of the Russian Federation, now claiming that questioning the veracity of election results is a slap in the face to American democracy.
The mainstream media continually insists that there’s nothing to see and no reason to be skeptical of the election processes- which eroded a strong lead for Donald Trump days after the election. However, the people don’t seem so easily convinced.
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