Christie Hemm Klok Link Copied James Mattis, the esteemed Marine general who resigned as secretary of defense in December 2018 to protest Donald Trump s Syria policy, has, ever since, kept studiously silent about Trump s performance as president. But he has now broken his silence, writing an extraordinary broadside in which he denounces the president for dividing the nation, and accuses him of ordering the U.S. military to violate the constitutional rights of American citizens. I have watched this week s unfolding events, angry and appalled, Mattis writes. The words Equal Justice Under Law are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values our values as people and our values as a nation. He goes on, We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.
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Mattis said that when he took over U.S. Central Command in 2010, he knew Iran was the county;s most deadly adversary.The next year, two Iranians were arrested for allegedly planning to bomb Cafe Milano, a restaurant in Washington.
Mattis says he won t discuss a sitting president, though it seems clear he disdains Trump s leadership style. But he is scathing about a former president in Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, which is released today, and he doesn t hesitate to name him: Barack Obama. The former general's opinion of Obama, for whom Mattis was head of U.S. Central Command from 2010 until 2013, might be summed up by a single entry in the book s index: Obama, Barack, strategic thinking lacking.
"You may want a war over. You may declare it over. You may even try to walk away from it. But the bottom line is the enemy gets a vote, as we say in the military, and we simply have got to understand that terrorism is going to be an ambient threat," he said in an NPR interview.As vice president, Biden was tasked by President Barack Obama with overseeing Iraq policy. In his new book, Mattis, 68, argues that Biden, 76, was "indifferent" to the consequences of complete withdrawal consequences that included "tens of thousands of casualties, plus untold misery for millions of innocents," as well as the kidnapping and beheading of westerners, and horrific terrorist attacks across the world.
This is also the right way to look at the Islamic State at the moment. Over the past several years and under two presidential administrations, US and allied forces have taken away at least 95 percent of ISIS 's terrain. But without a re flash watch, there is a real chance of the groupreviving itself. Someone who knows this well is the head of the US Central Command, General Joe Votel, a career special forces operator who has led the fight since 2016. ”If the major actors and their proxies become embroiled in a competition for influence in Syria, ” he told Congress recently, ”this may create space for ISIS remnants or other terrorist groups to reform or reconstitute. ”He echoed the view of former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned after President Trump 's foolish declaration of a full withdrawal of US troops from Syria.It 's not just physical territory that 's aconcern. ISIS remains very capable in the digital realm. It has used social media with savvy to bring in recruits, raise money and set up a command and control network. It continues to launch terrorist attacks globally, including the deadly bombinglast month of a cathedral in the southern Philippines.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, second from left, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis right, shake hands with their Canadian counterparts Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, second from right, and Canadian Minister of Defense Harjit Sajjan, left, as they conclude their news conference following a U.S. Canada 2 2 Ministerial at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Donald Trump's foreign policy is driven by one thing: the bottom line.It's a different approach than perhaps any other in the nation's history one that fits a president who made his experience in the business world. It runs counter to the advice of his top military and national security advisers, who time and time again try to make the case to him that the existing world order is worth paying for to "prevent World War III," as Defense Secretary James Mattis pointedly told him.
In an interview with CBS News, the reporter who exposed the Watergate scandal in the early 1970s teased a section from his upcoming book lsquo;Fear: Trump in the White House '. In an anecdote Woodward said is just one example of the President doing something that could ”threaten the national security or the financial security of the country, or of the world ”, he recounts how Defence Secretary, James Mattis, explained to Trump why the US pays $3.5 billion ( pound;2.7bn) a year to station 28,000 troops in South Korea, telling the president it was a key line of defence against North Korea to prevent ”World War Three. ”
Trump called for the creation of a sixth branch of the military, for space, a move critics said could harm the Air Force and which U.S. officials say would require an act of Congress.The U.S. military, however, could create a unified combatant command for space, like one it created to focus on cyber warfare.
It is believed that the US military scheduled two potential windows for strikes, including one on Thursday night, but Mr Mattis cancelled them both.Mr Mattis is reportedly concerned that anything other than a ”show strike ”, will risk the situation escalating in the region, particularly with Russia.
The escalating tensions weighed on investors already concerned about war, with crude prices holding high levels while the lira in Turkey, which has troops in Syria, weakened for the fourth day.Pentagon chief Jim Mattis and other members of Trump 's national security team met Wednesday, after the president warned Russia on Twitter to expect a missile barrage toward its ally, Syria, saying ”You shouldn 't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it ”
Trump s statement was immediately denounced by civil liberties groups and Democratic leaders. It capped a week in which the president followed through with his campaign pledge to impose sweeping tariffs on Chinese imports, and ousted his national security adviser, who was seen as a moderating influence, in favor of John Bolton, a hero of the right.Trump said in the statement late Friday that the new policy would bar those with gender dysphoria. The term describes transgender persons uncomfortable with their biological sex, resulting in significant distress or difficulty functioning, according to a Feb. 22 memo to the president from Defense Secretary James Mattis. Persons with gender dysphoria "may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery, " Trump said in his statement.
It will be up to President Trump what he wants to do with the recommendations, though he has publicly indicated he sides with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on the issue of trade restrictions. Cabinet members including Gary Cohn, Steven Mnuchin, Rex Tillerson and James Mattis are reportedly opposed to using the Section 232 law, cited by the report, to impose tariffs on national security grounds.From the statement released on the Commerce Department website:
Eager to avoid a repeat of 2011, when America completed its troop withdrawal from Iraq only to watch in horror as IS later overran swathes of the country, the coalition is focusing on what it must do to stop a jihadi re emergence.Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recently told reporters the mission now is shifting towards stabilization and making sure an "ISIS 2.0 " can 't pop up, using an alternate acronym to refer to the jihadist group.
WASHINGTON When Defense Secretary Jim Mattis declared on Tuesday that North Korea now had the missile capability to "threaten everywhere in the world, basically, " he hinted at a long running debate inside the U.S. government: Can the same strategy that worked against the Soviet Union mutually assured destruction also work against a far smaller adversary?
November 14, 2017According to the British Broadcasting Corporation, a secret deal allowed hundreds of Islamic State terrorists to flee Raqqa, Syria under the supervision of the U.S. led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces that spearheaded the city 's recapture in exchange for ending the battle. The agreement was reportedly arranged by local officials after four months of intense fighting left the de facto capital of ISIS ' self declared caliphate on the verge of collapse. The BBC claimed that among those permitted to escape were some of the Islamic State 's most notorious members, who have since spread out across Syria, perhaps even making it as far as Turkey. Witnesses cited in the report purported that the ISIS convoy departing Raqqa was up to seven kilometers long and included dozens of trucks, more than ten buses and an estimated one hundred other vehicles. In response, a spokesman for the Western coalition against ISIS admitted that about 250 terrorists were allowed to leave the city along with 3,500 family members and that a Western official was present at the preceding negotiations but did not take an "active part " in forging the accord. The revelation comes a day after U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis vowed to combat the Islamic State in Syria for "as long as they want to fight, " with the long term objective of preventing the emergence of "ISIS 2.0. "