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Friday, December 21, 2018

I did not vote for Jim Mattis

General Jim Mattis decided to quit as secretary of defense in protest to the president's decision to withdraw our 2,000 troops from Syria has flipped the switch in Washington back to hawk.

After warning us for three years that President Donald John Trump would lead us to three or four wars, the Washington Establishment is angry that we are not going to war with Russia and Iran in Syria.


Never been more alarmed for the nation since coming to D.C. over three decades ago. 

Mitt Romney has not even taken the oath of office but he already has gone full Jeff Flake.

The foreign policy described by Gen. Mattis today has, for nearly 3/4 century, kept us from global war, empowered our economy, helped billions escape from poverty & opened freedom’s door around the world. His service, vision & character were a blessing. He will be greatly missed.

Romney knows better. We lost 58,000 men in Vietnam alone.

I must note that Eisenhower took office and six months later there was a cease-fire in Korea. He declined the invitation to go to war over the Suez Canal, and stayed out of the Hungarian revolution.

True, he sent advisers to Vietnam, but we sent advisers everywhere. LBJ blew it up into a war to prove his manhood.

As I said, I did not vote for General Mattis. I voted for President Trump. I suspect the Saudi government and its Gulf state allies have the situation well under control.

How is this different from Obama in Iraq or Afghanistan?

Trump didn't telegraph his punches. He didn't give the enemy time to prepare. This was a Sun Tzu move.

And two, he handed the war over to a capable ally. It's Nixon's Vietnamization of the war. The USA can play a support role.

I believe it was Patton who told his troops, “No dumb bastard ever won a war by going out and dying for his country. He won it by making some other dumb bastard die for his country.”

37 comments:

  1. I will sleep better tonight knowing that bill kristol is alarmed. Suggest bill put on his combat boots, grab his rifle and some ammo, and go to Syria to pick up the slack. Maybe that will stop him from worrying.

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    1. He can take Megan McCain and Brian Kilmeade with him

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    2. Bill Kristol is a mendouchious infected cyst. All that remains of him is a fluid filled sack of pus.

      That said, I am not happy about Mattis. Sure they disagree, that is fine, but having Mattis around was a huge benefit for Donald Trump. You can disagree on the right and wrong way to handle Syria, but this seemed rushed (and not completely thought out). Sometimes instinct and quick decision making is good--but sometimes not.

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  2. The Saudis and Gulf States in alliance with Israelis, who will provide needed command and control plus sophisticated air power will continue the war. An added benefit is finally making peace/allies between the Saudis (and thereby the Sunni world) and the Israelis. Without Saudi/Gulf State support to the Palestinians, very soon a solution to the Palestinian problem may be possible.

    Lots of wins possible here.

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    1. That is the potential good part, provided the Saudi/Israelis are also supporting the Kurds.

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  3. This is going to be a great day after reading what the bloodthirsty warmonger Krystol said. If I believed in reincarnation I'd pray he'd return as a soldier on the front lines in 1915 France.

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  4. When Mattis said we should stay in the Iran Deal, I knew he would have to go. He said "America gave her word". America did not give her word. America was *prevented* from giving her word.

    Obama gave his word. The Ayatollah gave his word. The EU gave their word. The UN gave their word. But calling a treaty an "agreement" was just another jackleg gangster government subversion to avoid a real treaty vote in the Senate. That's how "America gives her word". And General Mattis knows that--and didn't care.

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    1. I believe that General Mattis also linked global warming to global unrest. While Verne’s Mattis has many amazing qualities, this is a disqualifying belief for a leader of our military.

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    2. Concur. Also the Iran Deal was foolish on a military level as well as an affront to Hamilton's Constitution.


      I do give him credit for his service. And he's absolutely correct that he should resign if he disagrees with the president's policies. More people should do the same.

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  5. Romney always looks concerned, or he looks like he had a case of indigestion! Plus, is there a speech bromide that he hasn't used, ever, and especially in the past 18-years.

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  6. We have no need to go to war with Russia. Just keep the sanctions we have, and add kicking them off Swift, and just hold the line. Putin is doing an excellent job of destroying his country by himself.

    I'd also get an international warrant for Putin and his officers for the act of piracy in the Kerch strait.

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  7. "It's Nixon's Vietnamization of the war. The USA can play a support role."

    The problem with that is what happens should the United States *stop* playing that support role. In Vietnam, after we left, the South Vietnamese were left with a military that was, essentially, a clone of our own, trained and equipped to fight the way we did, which was (and is) profligate in the use of expensive munitions. This was all well and good, provided we kept them supplied. When the North attacked in 1975, the South was able to hold on until they started to run out of those munitions, and the Democrats who controlled Congress refused to authorize funds to resupply them, at which point South Vietnam all but collapsed.

    The situation isn't the same with regards to Syria, and Saudis are rich enough to fight our way for a lot longer than most, but there is a very vocal contingent that is calling on us to cut Saudi Arabia off just like we did South Vietnam.

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    1. Excellent observation. I've read that South Vietnam HAD money to pay but the Dem Congress intervened to prevent us from accepting the payments.
      JimNorCal

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    2. JimNorCal -- that's the way I heard it.

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  8. “The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent.”

    ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

    General Mattis has already served as secretary of Defense for about two years and deserves to enjoy a peaceful retirement. So what if he doesn't see eye-to-eye with President Trump. Most cabinet members have differences with the President, but they still serve. President Trump has the right and the duty to direct the military as he sees best and has the right to chose his own Secretary of Defense. That being said, refer back to sun Tzu. General Mattis' retirement may serve more than one purpose. - Elric

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    1. Caroline Glick provides a different perspective on the U.S. pullout from Syria over at the Jerusalem Post. - Elric

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    2. I am paying particular attention to the Israeli reactions to this move. They're the ones under the guns.

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    3. It’s a terrific piece, Elric - thanks! And yeah, I hear ya, Roy.

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    4. Thank you. Caroline Glick and PM Netenyahu are the two Israeli voices i trust.

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  9. NeverTrumper Max Boot caught being on both sides of the issue.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/LordActonAFool/status/1075969356922728449/photo/1
    JimNorCal

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  10. Thomas Wictor has an interesting POV here:

    https://quodverum.com/2018/12/355/james-mattis-to-resign-as-secretary-of-defense.html

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  12. I think Trump is looking to establish some sort of balance of interests with Russia and Turkey. It's their sphere of influence, after all, and our interest is in separating them from Iran, not necessarily driving them out of the region. "We'll see what happens."

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  13. It strikes me how stark the differences are between Syria and, oh say, places like Viet Nam. Take the jungle for instance...

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  14. So will Mattis become an ambassador to someplace?

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  15. If Congress Critters want war in Syria, pass war authorization legislation with success criteria, otherwise shut up. POTUS is damned if he keeps troops there and getting killed, maimed, etc., or damned if he pulls them out. Without war legislation, pull them out. And if legislation is passed, it better be an all out win without quarter, no nambee pambee bullshit.

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  16. When I first learned we were withdrawing troops, I admit I was worried that doing so would allow groups like ISIS to take over. That's what happened in Iraq after a hard-fought war when Obama pulled us out.

    However -- and this article by Mr. Surber makes the point, I believe -- is that we haven't telegraphed ages in advance what our plans are.

    Something tells me there are other plans afoot that we cannot be privy to at the moment. It is good not to be at war. And, as EJ Kraus says, if Congress wants to be at war then its members should vote to declare war. Make them put their money where their mouths are.

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  17. Leaving Syria is a good thing. Now, get us out of Afganistan and Iraq. Pull our troops out of Europe, they hate us anyway and they can defend themselves.

    Increase our Navy and Air Force, they have global reach. Start building nuclear/non nuclear ICBMs. Weaponize space, China will.

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  18. If Syria exit is carried through, along with AFPAK and Africa, USA is out of NATO and UN.

    That would mean "Europe First" establishment is de-platformed.

    That would be the best Christmas present I have ever received. USA strategic interests are westward into and across the Pacific.

    " .... westward leading, still proceeding .... " The entire impetus of Christianity is westward, coming originally from India and Tibet.

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  19. Of course I like Mattie but c'mon, I don't recall people crying about impeachment when Obama fired Mattis without even telling him.

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  20. The Middle East and Africa are both cesspools and always will be. No American soldier should die trying to make something of them.

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  21. The US should be putting US troops in places that want US troops -- like Eastern Europe (Poland, not Germany), and N. Iraq (Kurdistan).

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  22. Reportedly Trump gave the SoD 6 months to finish in Syria. 8 months later the President finished the intervention.

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