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Mattis: One More General for the ‘Self Licking Ice Cream Cone’ | The American Conservative

Posted by M. C. on January 8, 2019

…just three years after he left the military—he was worth upwards of $10 million. In addition to his retirement pay, which was close to $15,000 a month at the time, he received $242,000 as a board member, plus as much as $1.2 million in stock options in General Dynamics, the Pentagon’s fourth largest contractor. 

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/mattis-one-more-general-for-the-self-licking-ice-cream-cone/

By KELLEY BEAUCAR VLAHOS

Before he became lionized as the “only adult in the room” capable of standing up to President Trump, General James Mattis was quite like any other brass scoping out a lucrative second career in the defense industry. And as with other military giants parlaying their four stars into a cushy boardroom chair or executive suite, he pushed and defended a sub-par product while on both sides of the revolving door. Unfortunately for everyone involved, that contract turned out to be an expensive fraud and a potential health hazard to the troops.

According to a recent report by the Project on Government Oversight, 25 generals, nine admirals, 43 lieutenant generals, and 23 vice admirals retired to become lobbyists, board members, executives, or consultants for the defense industry between 2008 and 2018. They are part of a much larger group of 380 high-ranking government officials and congressional staff who shifted into the industry in that time.

Back to Mattis. In 2012, while he was head of Central Command, the Marine General pressed the Army to procure and deploy blood testing equipment from a Silicon Valley company called Theranos. He communicated that he was having success with this effort directly to Theranos’s chief executive officer. Even though an Army health unit tried to terminate the contract due to it’s not meeting requirements, according to POGO, Mattis kept the pressure up. Luckily, it was never used on the battlefield. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trump Scores, Breaks Generals’ 50-Year War Record | The American Conservative

Posted by M. C. on December 29, 2018

The entire episode thus represents a new variant of a familiar pattern dating back to Vietnam in which national security advisors put pressure on reluctant presidents to go along with existing or proposed military deployments in a war zone.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trump-scores-breaks-generals-50-year-war-record-syria-mattis-dunford/

By GARETH PORTER

The mainstream media has attacked President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops  from Syria as impulsive, blindsiding his own national security team. But detailed, published accounts of the policy process over the course of the year tell a very different story. They show that senior national security officials and self-interested institutions have been playing a complicated political game for months aimed at keeping Trump from wavering on our indefinite presence on the ground in Syria.

The entire episode thus represents a new variant of a familiar pattern dating back to Vietnam in which national security advisors put pressure on reluctant presidents to go along with existing or proposed military deployments in a war zone. The difference here is that Trump, by publicly choosing a different policy, has blown up their transparent schemes and offered the country a new course, one that does not involve a permanent war state…

But when Mattis and Dunford sang the praises of the “rules-based, international democratic order” that has “kept the peace for 70 years,” Trump simply shook his head in disbelief

Then in early April 2018, Trump’s impatience with his advisors on Syria boiled over into a major confrontation at a National Security Council meeting, where he ordered them unequivocally to accept a fundamentally different Syria deployment policy.

Trump opened the meeting with his public stance that the United States must end its intervention in Syria and the Middle East more broadly. He argued repeatedly that the U.S. had gotten “nothing” for its efforts, according to an account published by the Associated Press based on interviews with administration officials who had been briefed on the meeting. When Dunford asked him to state exactly what he wanted, Trump answered that he favored an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces and an end to the “stabilization” program in Syria.

Mattis responded that an immediate withdrawal from Syria was impossible to carry out responsibly, would risk the return of Islamic State, and would play into the hands of Russia, Iran, and Turkey, whose interests ran counter to those of the United States.

Trump reportedly then relented and said they have could five or six months to destroy the Islamic State. But he also made it clear that he did not want them to come back to him in October and say that they had been unable to defeat ISIS and had to remain in Syria. When his advisors reiterated that they didn’t think America could withdraw responsibly, Trump told them to “just get it done.”

Trump’s national security team had prepared carefully for the meeting in order to steer him away from an explicit timetable for withdrawal. They had brought papers that omitted any specific options for withdrawal timetables. Instead, as the detailed AP account shows, they framed the options as a binary choice—either an immediate pullout or an indefinite presence in order to ensure the complete and permanent defeat of Islamic State. The leave option was described as risking a return of ISIS and leaving a power vacuum for Russia and Iran to fill…

Trump is now well aware that it is virtually impossible to carry out the foreign policy that he wants without advisors who are committed to the same objective. That means that he must find people who have remained outside the system during the permanent war years while being highly critical of its whole ideology and culture. If he can fill key positions with truly dissident figures, the last two years of this term in office could decisively clip the wings of the bureaucrats and generals who have created the permanent war state we find ourselves in today.

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Packed Bags in Washington: Mattis, Haley, and The Weekly Standard

Posted by M. C. on December 26, 2018

The neoconservatives today are on the run. Their major outlet, The Weekly Standard, is no more. Its staff was fired on December 14. Its final edition is dated today, December 24. On the cover is Nikki Haley, Trump’s now-departed ambassador to the United Nations. She is sitting on top of a packed bag. The title: “Not the Retiring Type.” Maybe she isn’t, but the Weekly Standard is. It was sent packing by its owner.

We can only hope.

https://www.garynorth.com/public/18964.cfm

Gary North

Donald Trump is the Commander-in-Chief of the military forces of the United States. Everybody agrees on this. They agree with the Constitution. This is rare unanimity for Constitutional questions.

On December 19, the White House announced the imminent withdrawal of 2,000 US troops from Syria. I don’t think most Americans had any idea that we had 2,000 troops in Syria. Of those who did know we have troops there, probably fewer than 5% of them knew how many troops were there. Now we know. That is because they will not be there much longer. They are packing their bags.

Candidate Donald Trump always said that he did not see any reason for America to be involved in the Middle East. This is from a Left-wing site in August 2017.

On April 27, 2016, then-Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump used an invitation-only event at Washington’s ornate Mayflower Hotel to argue that presidents of both parties had gotten the US ensnared in too many costly, grinding foreign wars.That, Trump promised, would change once he moved into the White House.

“I will never send our finest into battle unless necessary, and I mean absolutely necessary, and will only do so if we have a plan for victory with a capital V,” he thundered. “The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies.”

The speech was part of Trump’s attempt to make a decisive break with the more hawkish and interventionist wings of his own party, which he blamed for the Iraq War and Washington’s icy relationship with Moscow. He wasn’t just trying to argue that he’d be a different kind of president than Democrats like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. He was also arguing that he’d be a different kind of president than Republicans like George W. Bush.

Flash-forward to last Monday night, when President Donald Trump announced that he would be sending more American troops to Afghanistan. He stressed that there would be no timetable for when those troops would come home, guaranteeing that the longest conflict in American history would drag on well into the future.

This was nothing new. George W. Bush as a candidate had said that his administration would never get involved in nation-building. But that is exactly what his administration got actively involved in, beginning no later than September 12, 2001… Read the rest of this entry »

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Secretary Mattis, here’s a roadmap to peace in the Middle East | TheHill

Posted by M. C. on July 30, 2018

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/399187-secretary-mattis-heres-a-roadmap-to-peace-in-the-middle

BY SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY.)

You see, every time I run into the secretary of Defense, I try my best to make the point that we’ve been at war too long in too many places.

Gen. Mattis, as well as the head of NATOthe head of the UN, and virtually every voice of reason in the foreign policy world, acknowledges that there is no military solution to the unending Afghan War.

For that matter, most agree that there is no military solution to the Syrian civil war or the Yemeni civil war. And yet . . . the same voices that admit there is no military solution keep sending more troops…. Read the rest of this entry »

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Now Mattis Admits There Was No Evidence Assad Used Poison Gas on His People

Posted by M. C. on February 10, 2018

The truth slips out occasionally, especially when the government storyline is so blatantly false.

Don’t count on this happening again anytime soon.

Maybe Maddog was slipped a Seymour Hersh article, maybe one on Hillary.

http://www.newsweek.com/now-mattis-admits-there-was-no-evidence-assad-using-poison-gas-his-people-801542

Lost in the hyper-politicized hullabaloo surrounding the Nunes Memorandum and the Steele Dossier was the striking statement by Secretary of Defense James Mattis that the U.S. has “no evidence” that the Syrian government used the banned nerve agent Sarin against its own people. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mattis: US Will Improve Saudi Targeting to Kill Fewer Yemeni Civilians – News From Antiwar.com

Posted by M. C. on December 30, 2017

Up to now the presstitute media has done a good job hiding US involvement in killing Yemeni civilians.

http://news.antiwar.com/2017/12/29/mattis-us-will-improve-saudi-targeting-to-kill-fewer-yemeni-civilians/

 …Interestingly, other US officials have tried to downplay their direct role in the Saudi war in recent weeks, and despite Mattis’ talk of improving the Saudis’ targeting, other Pentagon officials have claimed that the US has nothing to do with Saudi targeting whatsoever, and can’t be held responsible for what they hit.

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US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya — News from Antiwar.com

Posted by M. C. on March 26, 2017

http://news.antiwar.com/2017/03/24/us-will-keep-ground-troops-in-libya/

With the Mattis’ announcement that US troops will essentially be in Iraq permanently how can the sheeple not realize the US is not freeing anyone but making the ME a US colony.

No doubt we will pay Saudi Arabia to property manage what the US does not directly control. They managed clean house rather well at the World Trade Center.

If you think the ME hates the US now just wait until they endure never ending US “help”. Read the rest of this entry »

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