President Donald J. Trump has a mole in his cabinet: United States Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis. He is currently and has been operating against the noninterventionist Trump agenda from day one.
“In a rare Pentagon press conference, James Mattis said a drawdown must wait for more diplomatic progress toward a United Nations-negotiated peace in Geneva that deposes Syria’s Bashar al-Assad,” according to a Defense One report from late August.
Less than two weeks later, Mattis has the White House considering military action following reports that Syrian President Assad has approved the use of chlorine gas to fight rebels in the city of Idlib.
“The White House has warned that the United States and its allies would respond ‘swiftly and vigorously’ if government forces used chemical weapons in Idlib,” according to a report.
But Trump and his war-weary supporters have vocally opposed continued war in the Middle East throughout his campaign and tenure in office.
All the while, Mattis has continued to push the narrative that Assad is a crazed maniac who is bent on murdering his own people, despite admitting that the Pentagon has no evidence to support that claim.
“I believe there was a chemical attack, and we’re looking for the actual evidence,” Mattis said of an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria in April. “If we get [the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] in, if the regime will let them in, we will not know who did it. They can only say that they found evidence [of a chemical attack] or did not.”
That alleged attack drew a military response from Trump, who bombed Syria in an act of retaliation perhaps out of fear of looking sympathetic to Assads Russian-allied regime given the bogus Russian “collusion” narrative which is still being pushed by the mainstream press.
Mattis is a famous war-monger, hungry for blood in the Middle East.
“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet,” he once said.
“You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling,” he said in 2005.
“The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot,” he also reportedly said.
This is not the foreign policy that Americans voted for, and as long as Mattis is running the Department of Defense, Trump supporters must be wary of more endless Middle Eastern conflict.
Locked and Loaded: Pentagon Grants Soldiers in DC Power to use Lethal Force
The National Guard have been authorized to use lethal force, if needed.
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has authorized the twenty thousand National Guard members providing security around the U.S. Capitol to carry lethal weapons as Washington, D.C., braces for Inauguration Day.
“On January 12, 2021, National Guardsmen were given authorization to be armed in support of the U.S. Capitol Police to protect the U.S. Capitol and individual members of Congress and their staff,” according to a statement from the D.C. National Guard, which is commanding Guard forces in the city, including units deployed from six other states, to provide security for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week,” the DC National Guard revealed in a statement “This was requested by federal authorities and authorized by the Secretary of the Army.”
The National Guard Bureau declined to specify what weapons troops would carry.
“National Guard members are postured to meet the requirements of the supported civil authorities, up to and including protective equipment and being armed if necessary,” said the statement. “The public’s safety is our top priority.”
Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told media members on Monday that a force of up to 15,000 will deploy to D.C. with all their issued equipment, including their individual weapons. So if the need arises, “they are close by and they are readily accessible.”
The Pentagon initially authorized up to six thousand two hundred Guard members from Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania to deploy to D.C. on federal status to maintain security through Inauguration Day.
The history of National Guard members being a part of the presidential inauguration dates back to the first inauguration of President George Washington in 1789.
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