General James Mattis opposed the withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal. He believes budget cuts would hamper the ability to monitor the impact of climate change. He believes in supporting our NATO allies. He’s against a military withdrawal from Syria. He doesn’t believe the United States should cozy up to dictators and authoritarians. He’s against military collaboration with Russia and believes that nation is hostile to the United States and other western democracies. So, why did Donald Trump hire this guy to be his Secretary of Defense? Oh, yeah. Because he has a cool nickname of “Mad Dog.” Maybe Trump should have paid attention to his other nickname, “CHAOS.”
Mattis earned “CHAOS” in Afghanistan. It’s an acronym for “Colonel Has Another Outstanding Solution.” That sounds like the kind of person you want on your cabinet unless the president ignores all other solutions.
Trump ignores solutions from those with more knowledge. Take the looming government shutdown as an example. After agreeing to a budget deal with members of both parties, he changed his mind after a Senate passage because Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Glenn Beck criticized him for flaking out on the wall. For Trump, it’s better to ignore Senators, break promises, and shut down the government during Christmas than it is to piss off right-wing radio troglodytes.
That’s what he did to Mattis, other generals, and members of his own party over Syria. He ignored all their advice and announced a withdrawal from that nation, leaving the Kurds vulnerable after our nation promised to support them. It also provides ISIS an opportunity to rebuild.
Trump logic is; ISIS is defeated, and they don’t exist anymore, so Russia can now fight them. That makes as much sense as Mexico is paying for the wall so let’s shut down the government until Congress makes YOU pay for it.
The day after Trump’s announced our withdrawal from Syria, Secretary Mattis submitted his resignation. He presented it in person to Trump and released his letter of resignation to the public. Many people who believed Mattis was the last adult left in the Trump administration swore he’d never resign out of duty to the nation, but CHAOS had enough chaos.
What’s unique about Mattis’ letter is that he didn’t thank the president or offer any support to Trump. What else is unique is that instead of hearing from anonymous sources on the negative viewpoints of someone departing, this time we’re getting it straight from Mattis. He ain’t happy.
Mattis’ letter is a one-finger salute to Donald Trump. A headline at CNN reads, “absolutely stunning rejection of Trumpism.”
In the letter, Mattis wrote, “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.”
He also wrote, “One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies.” Which is him saying, “Stop pissing on NATO and other allies.”
Mattis disagrees with Trump’s xenophobic America First, “I’m a Nationalist” platform. Trump has rejected the post-World War II alliance structure that presidents, Republican and Democratic, have relied upon for more than seven decades. He pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, he’s pulling out of Syria, he’s clashed with allies, accused Mexico of sending us “rapists and murderers,” and he’s accused Canada of using their cheese to threaten our national security.
While rejecting our allies, Trump has cozied up to dictators like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un.
With Mattis leaving, John Kelly on his way out, H.R. McMaster long gone, and Rex Tillerson fired through a tweet, even some Republicans are starting to panic. These are the figures they considered were the adults in the administration. Having those four adults in the room enabled Republicans in the House and Senate to be sycophantic lunatics pledging allegiance to Trump. It allowed them not to do their jobs. But, with the adults leaving, it’s not just the GOP at risk, it’s the entire nation.
In case you haven’t noticed, we have a psychopath in the White House. Putin is applauding our move in Syria, Kim Jong Un is saying he won’t disable his nuclear program until the U.S. removes all troops from South Korea and remove our nuclear deterrent, the government is about to shut down because Rush Limbaugh was displeased, and the stock market is crashing.
You know the expression, “it’s going to get worse before it gets better”? This is where it gets worse. Things will get better, but how bad does it have to get before then?
Trump craves adoration and praise. All he deserves is the one-finger salute. I’m giving it to him.
Watch me draw.