Thursday, December 20, 2018

Gen. Mattis Resigns In Protest — Serious Question: By New Years, Will There Be Any Adults Left — At 1600 Pennsylvania?

I've disagreed regularly, and fundamentally, with Defense Secretary Mattis' views.

But his letter tonight, departing the Administration -- in an extraordinary public rebuke of Donald Trump -- a protest over a myriad of 45-ish non-policies and ill-considered decisions, is the stuff of US history. He's the highest ranking (Four Star) General to ever hold this office. And he clearly disagrees with Trump's scatter-shot approach to China, Russia and now Syria. Here is his operative dissent:

. . . .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. . . .

This is ominous. In the short-term, this is a battle tested soldier saying we cannot leave our fellow soldiers behind -- and that is what is happening in South Syria tonight (moreover, Trump is considering leaving Afghanistan abruptly, as well, CNN is reporting). These rash decisions -- without any appreciable planning or forethought -- put our enlisted troops on the ground, and the officers left there, in astonishingly clear peril. I am not trying to be melodramatic.

However, it now sounds a little like a 25th Amendment process may be hard to implement, because. . . there will be no cabinet level posts still occupied by late January. I am. . . in a word. . . discouraged. The wheels are coming off (and that's before the shutdown non-sense 45 is blustering about).

As a technical house-keeping note, Blogger has ended its support for Open ID commenting. My site, however, will continue to allow commenting without leaving an email. I’ll never require IDs for comments. And I generally let all comments stand (just not spam). Now you know. Onward — feeling grim tonight.



Anonymous said...

Peace to you and yours for the holiday season.
Thanks for all your work with the blog. It does help us out here.

condor said...

Thanks, Anon. . . .

We will find our way back -- back to a far more stable democratic republic, in time.

A good space science bit of ju ju, in a moment, to lighten the mood, here -- and I wish you and yours, every joy in life.

Namaste. . . .

condor said...

Just when I thought it could not get much scarier:

We learn this.

Unconstitutional — and yet, I get it. He’s a madman.