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General Mattis quit. Most likely because he understands isolationism and shitting on your closest allies only allows our geopolitical rivals to overtake us on the world stage and that Trump tends to not listen to his advisers anyway because he's an egotistical dipshit and, afterall, "there's nobody bigger and better at the military than [him]".

From his letter:

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. Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States should not be the policeman of the world. Instead, we must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances. NATO’s 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongside us following the 9-11 attack on America. The Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations is further proof.

Similarly, I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model — gaining veto authority over other nations’ economic, diplomatic, and security decisions — to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense.

My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues. We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances.

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. The end date for my tenure is February 28, 2019, a date that should allow sufficient time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed as well as to make sure the Department’s interests are properly articulated and protected at upcoming events to include Congressional posture hearings and the NATO Defense Ministerial meeting in February. Further, that a full transition to a new Secretary of Defense occurs well in advance of the transition of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September in order to ensure stability within the Department.
How many resignations/firings are we at now? Is it even possible to keep track?
 

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All of this crap was beyond sad and ridiculous quite some time ago so is some off the b.s. that some pull out of their ass to do their best to rationalize be it upfront or underhanded to defend some of the crap that has been going down.

Some sad political times imo and the thing is when you say stuff like that with ALL things considered some will have a straight face and act like they don’t see the problems and b.s. going on. I know some of my personal associates are looking at the stuff that has been going on and what’s going on up until this day and they have shame and regret about who they voted for back in 2016 I guess it’s like that buyers remorse type of thing.
 

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In the norther Middle East we have exactly one ally. the Kurds. Even our NATO ally, Turkey, hates us. They have a significant Kurdish population and they are afraid any independence movement in Iraq and Syria will spill over into Turkey.

We created the vacuum in the Middle East by destroying Saddam Hussein. Europe talked us into supporting in the destruction of Quadifi in Lybia even though he had been quiet since Reagan bombed him. Obama supported a terrorist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, who won the election in Egypt then immediately used its new found power to kill Christians and others. Obama complained with the Egyptians overthrew them saying that they were a democratically elected government. He then drew a meaningless red line in the sand in Syria which Assad ignored. He supported the rebels in the north simply because they opposed Assad but they were no better. Often the weapons we sent went to far worse people.

ISIS came out of the north killing everyone invading Iraq. The government and its army folded. The soldiers threw down their weapons, took off their uniforms and ran. It took Iraq's tradition enemy, Iran, to stop ISIS. Iran also happens to be our enemy. Iran and the only ally that we have in the area, Kurds, eventually pushed them back.

Russia signed an agreement with Assad for a warm water port. Russia also signed an alliance with Turkey to help stop the violence in northern Syria. Russia did all of this while Obama was president.

The Kurds are our only allies in the area. Turkey isn't even an ally. Our options are this: keep fighting a war we cannot win, escalate the war by sending in far more troops, or pull out. We have no allies. There is actually no way of winning and no hope of ending the Shia/Sunni hate that has last for centuries. Try to remember, we have done this before in Vietnam.

I don't disagree with Gen. Mattis. But the American people are not going to support an escalating war in Syria. That leaves the other two alternatives. Keep doing what we are doing indefinitely or pull out. The President thinks it would be best to pull out before it becomes Vietnam. If Mattis cannot support him then he has done the honorable thing by resigning.
 

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“He also is doing exactly what he criticized President Obama for doing. He said President Obama is the founder of ISIS,” Kilmeade pointed out. “He just refounded ISIS because they have 30,000 men there and they are already striking back with our would-be evacuation. The president is really on the griddle with this.” - Brian Kilmeade; Fox & Friends

I figured I might as well quote from the real cabinet policy makers on Fox...…

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Let me first point out that I actually support troop withdraw from the middle east.

*puts the tinfoil hat on*

Trump made this announcement out of the blue, so literally out of the blue that he blindsided his own Secretary of Defense and National Security adviser. We also are very aware at this point of Trump's incessant need to know what's going on in the news cycle and how he's being portrayed by CNN, Fox News, etc... We know from internal leaks how furious Trump was over the Cohen situation.

Which brings me to this. Trump made this announcement to control the news cycle.

 

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Let me first point out that I actually support troop withdraw from the middle east.

*puts the tinfoil hat on*

Trump made this announcement out of the blue, so literally out of the blue that he blindsided his own Secretary of Defense and National Security adviser. We also are very aware at this point of Trump's incessant need to know what's going on in the news cycle and how he's being portrayed by CNN, Fox News, etc... We know from internal leaks how furious Trump was over the Cohen situation.

Which brings me to this. Trump made this announcement to control the news cycle.

I agree. It seems like he cooks up whatever he can think up to make the last idiocy seem mild in comparison and move the attention to the new BS. Unfortunately there is a limit to where that can go but then again Trumps stupidity has been tolerated this long why not just let the whole country go down in flames right?

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Democrat Party front runner Joe Biden this week campaigning in Iowa in front of about 100 people described as “a small crowd almost all over 55, some significantly older”—while at the same time, Trump is preparing to travel to Orlando-Florida next week where a staggering over 100,000 people have requested tickets to see him announce that he is running for re-election in 2020.
 

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Democrat Party front runner Joe Biden this week campaigning in Iowa in front of about 100 people described as “a small crowd almost all over 55, some significantly older”—while at the same time, Trump is preparing to travel to Orlando-Florida next week where a staggering over 100,000 people have requested tickets to see him announce that he is running for re-election in 2020.
Yeah, and McDonalds sells more burgers than 5 Guys.
 

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This shows again how far off the rails Dems have gone....

That is why some Dems like Trump run as Republican

Listen to this Dem speak on illegal immigration in the 90's.

And nobody back then was screaming racism and all the BS like our alt-left corporate media does now.

Harry Reid 1993 No Sane Country Would Give Illegals Citizenship:

https://youtu.be/fWc1qT8M1eU

 
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