4 thoughts on “General Mattis Quits

  1. Eighty-six says:

    “Up to now I have not favored removing President Trump from office. I felt strongly that it would be best for the country that he leave the way he came in, through the ballot box. But last week was a watershed moment for me, and I think for many Americans, including some Republicans.
    It was the moment when you had to ask whether we really can survive two more years of Trump as president, whether this man and his demented behavior — which will get only worse as the Mueller investigation concludes — are going to destabilize our country, our markets, our key institutions and, by extension, the world. And therefore his removal from office now has to be on the table.” “Time for G.O.P. to Threaten to Fire Trump : Republican leaders need to mount an intervention.” Thomas L. Friedman, NYT Op-Ed 12/24/18 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/24/opinion/impeach-fire-president-trump.html

  2. Counting coup says:

    “Retired Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, sharply criticized President Trump on Sunday, calling him immoral and untruthful and taking aim at his foreign policy decisions.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/former-us-commander-calls-trump-dishonest-and-immoral/2018/12/30/97fb6e5c-0c41-11e9-8938-5898adc28fa2_story.html?utm_term=.3efc36b1549d
    “Former four-star Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who was awarded three Purple Heart medals, two Distinguished Service Crosses, and two Silver Stars, described Trump’s Iraq visit as “embarrassing” and “entirely inappropriate” in a Thursday interview.” https://www.businessinsider.com.au/barry-mccaffrey-trump-visit-us-troops-in-iraq-2018-12

  3. Blowback says:

    A senior US senator has questioned President Donald Trump’s troop withdrawal announcement from Syria after four Americans were killed in a suicide attack by the armed group ISIL. (Al Jazeera News 1/17/19) https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/senator-links-trump-troop-withdrawal-deadly-isil-attack-190117071316178.html
    Lindsay Graham, a staunch Trump ally, directly blamed Wednesday’s attack in the northern Syrian city of Manbij on the president’s decision to quickly pull US forces out of the war-torn country. The withdrawal move “set in motion enthusiasm by the enemy we’re fighting”, said Graham, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).
    “My concern about the statements made by President Trump … is we’ve made people we’re trying to help wonder about us. And as they [ISIL] gets bolder, the people we’re trying to help get more uncertain. I saw this in Iraq and I’m now seeing it in Syria,” the senator said.
    “We’re never going to be safe here unless we’re willing to help people over there who will stand up against radical ideology,” Graham added.
    At least 19 people, including Syrian civilians and US troops, were killed after a blast struck near a US-led coalition patrol, less than a month after Trump announced the withdrawal.

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