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.
Supreme Court Contender Amy Coney Barrett Visits White House as Trump Prepares to Announce Pick
She’s reportedly the frontrunner.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett visited the White House on Monday, as President Donald Trump zeroes in on selecting a nominee to fill the vacant seat on the US Supreme Court.
Barrett is reportedly a front-runner for the judicial nomination. She’s a generally conservative judge, with a staunch pro-life record. Her track record on immigration law issues is generally conservative.
Barrett currently serves as a circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has advised President Trump that she is his preferred candidate for the seat on the court.
President Trump had confirmed that he plans to nominate a woman to fill the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who died of complications from pancreatic cancer on Friday.
Democrats have launched a full-fledged fit urging President Trump to give them a break and decline to nominate a conservative justice, but they won’t be so lucky. Republican Senators and President Trump have rallied around the notion of appointing a justice before the November election, fulfilling their constitutional responsibilities.
Trump confirmed that he would be revealing the identity of his judicial nominee on Friday or Saturday, taking a few extra days to vet candidates. Florida Judge Barbara Lagoa is reportedly another candidate being considered for the nomination.
President Trump says he has 5 women on his Supreme Court shortlist: "On Friday or Saturday, I'll be announcing the pick." pic.twitter.com/gItX7ClDcm
— VosIzNeias (@VINNews) September 21, 2020
It’ll be inherently harder for incensed, power-thirsty Democrats to attack a female judicial candidate. Maybe they’ll alienate swing female voters through waging a scorched earth campaign to block the confirmation of Barrett, who is a mother of seven.
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