It was only a matter of time before President Trump figured out Mad Dog Mattis was part of the Obama military.
I call General Mattis this, because he said he wanted to kill the next person who did so. I accept the challenge.
Now we learn that Mattis is leaving.
Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned Thursday on the heels of President Donald Trump’s plans to withdraw troops from Syria, citing irreconcilable policy differences in a move that took Washington by surprise.
“Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position,” Mattis wrote in his letter to the President.
Mattis’ resignation letter amounts to a rebuke of several of Trump’s foreign policy views, with the outgoing defense secretary touting the importance of US alliances and of being “unambiguous” in approaching adversaries like Russia and China. It is devoid of any praise for the President.
Mattis departure was long overdue. And in fact he never should have been hired as Secretary of Defense. Mattis was not Trump material, but instead holdover Obama material.
We wrote an article about Mattis that got visceral reaction from people who follow my work. The article proved that Mattis was more aligned with Obama than Trump. But people love their Marines and Marine Generals garner even more respect. I used to agree with that, until we researched Mattis.
From the article:
Secretary of Defense James Mattis presents a problem for President Trump.
Though the man is undoubtedly a “devil dog”, he contradicts President Trump on several key foreign policy and military issues.
President Trump has already relented to the former Marine General on his views on enhanced interrogations. But more exist.
General Mattis completely breaks from the president in his support for a US-led NATO. And, this includes placing US troops in Eastern Europe. No harm, no foul, as NATO will soon have to pull its own weight. Further, a NATO-led military would likely fall under American authority. So, if that were the only discrepancies, we might overlook any concerns.
Where President Trump seems willing to work with Russia, Mattis believes Vladimir Putin is a threat to US security.
These alone would make you question President Trump’s choice of Mattis. But there is more
Where our article gets even more interesting occurs in staffing.
All of the major names the White House transition team has submitted for top Pentagon positions have been rejected by Mattis.
Both Army and Navy Secretary nominees, Vincent Viola and Philip Bilden (respectively), have dropped out of consideration.
Former New Mexico Congresswoman Heather Wilson, up for Air Force Secretary, has yet to receive a Committee hearing.
Because the White House Transition team will not consider any ‘Never Trumpers’ to the Pentagon leadership, Mattis has begun looking to appoint key Obama allies to important defense positions.
Shockingly, Mattis had originally held a spot for Michele Flournoy, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy under President Obama. Flournoy was once dubbed as ‘Hillary Clinton’s Defense Secretary in waiting’. Mattis wanted Flournoy as Deputy Defense Secretary, a spot temporarily held by Obama administration holdover Robert Work.
Mattis also continues to push for the nomination of Rudy DeLeon to serve as Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness. DeLeon works at George Soros’ Center For American Progress. Moreover, like Mattis, DeLeon supports the Iran Nuclear Deal.
Further, DeLeon added his name to a letter with other top foreign policy officials denouncing the President’s original travel ban.
I have no idea if Mattis quit or if he was fired. I’m sure we will be told that he wants to spend more time with his grandchildren. Or perhaps he and Hillary Clinton work out at the same yoga studio and want to spend more time together?
But I suspect Mattis was let go. A full read of the article we wrote months ago will likely shed light on his departure, with just a bit more digging.