CNN is sad and scared about Mattis resigning.
But they were happy when Obama fired him five years ago.
The Obama administration’s inexplicable mishandling of Marine Gen. James Mattis – Foreign Policy
The left has no problem changing the narrative in midstream. Their rule for power: Consistency is for suckers. Only losers can’t pivot. There is no truth beyond what we say it is.
The left has no guiding principles, all they have is a lust for more power.
Exactly, Gator. I didn’t realize that until after I became disillusioned about AGW nine years ago. But my disillusionment was just beginning. It was like dominoes – one-by-one, my whole world paradigm was eventually knocked down.
I had much the same experience. William Casey wasn’t joking in 1981 when he said, “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false”. Now true for any and every major topic.
The right-left canard is a tool to help this propaganda along. Solzhenitsyn put it well: “If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” Antifa on the left, and some espousing the right, would disagree.
Knowledge of where to place trust and suspicion comes better from analysis than political argument.
Democrats in 2008: “We need to get the troops out of the Middle East, no matter what.”
Democrats in 2018: “No, we can’t just take the troops out of the Middle East. That’s what Putin wants.”
Well said. Something like this happened in 1916, when Woodrow Wilson (actually Colonel House) had to figure out how to get the American public into WWI, just having been elected on a “He kept us out of war.” platform. By April 1917, a month after inauguration, he was asking Congress to declare war, so the world would “be made safe for Democracy.” Walter Lippmann tells the tale in his book Public Opinion. SSDD.
Against Mad Dog Mattis before they were for him. (AGW causes increasing instances where such hypocrisy pops up)
On another note, it’s pretty sad to see Mattis go. He was one of the only sensible members of Trump’s cabinet.
If you think someone is sensible, slir, then one can pretty much guarantee they are not far off being a leftist stooge.
even described as “a sort of Democrat” by someone.
YOU’RE FIRED. !!
Comey was also hated by Democrats before they fell in love with him. And McCain. And GHWB. And Cohen. And….
Well, SOMEBODY had a soft spot for Comey. When he quit his job as prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, he jumped right onto the board of HSBC. He was probably hired to help them disguise, I mean reform, the corruption for which HSBC was being investigated. Quite the career move for the “straight-shooter”.
Also, if you haven’t yet, check out why “republican” Kavanagh’s investigator Miguel Rodriguez resigned from the Vince Foster investigation. That was a GOOD reason for rejecting Brett, but he’s already been given his reward in the political afterlife.
Jesse Ventura has it right: democrats and republicans are 2 wings of the same bird.
Mattis is a disciple of AGW. His sensibility is in no way absolute.
Mr. Sir discovers what President Trump and the rest of us have – that Mattis is a Mad-dog globalist. You probably also think GHWB and John McCain were “sensible.”
Whenever the President parts ways with a globalist who cannot control him, I am not “sad.”
WTF! The democrats won’t even secure the southern border so why should they care about a withdraw from Syria?
Some reality from a former SF soldier. The conflicts are forces are in from Central Asia to N. Africa are all heavily dependent on special operations types. The deployment rate for SF and certain other special operations types has been brutal for over 15 years now. A hell of a lot of great soldiers have been chewed up and spit out in that time. I don’t mean just the casualties that are reported. I’m talking about those that aren’t. Those that after multiple deployments who are used up mentally and emotionally. Those that voluntarily terminate their SF status because they just can’t take another train up and deployment cycle.
Fact is that SF troops from all of the five RA Groups have been and are being trained up an funneled into the CENTCOM theater. The two Reserve components groups also contribute. The extended fights we have been in have required spec ops to drop a lot of other missions in others areas of concern. Missions that could help prevent or contain other conflicts in other places.
With China and Russia becoming ever more aggressive something has to give somewhere because there are only so many spec op assets and simple fact is that there are only so many people of the type that are able and willing. Sure the force can be expanded but quality and effectiveness declines when substandard recruits are fed into an assessment and training system that lowers the standards to generate numbers.Something has to give somewhere.
Thanks for your insight Rah, your POV and expertise carries incredible weight on this matter.
GatorEven in times where there are few deployments into hostile fire zones the training grind eventually wears on a man.
One doesn’t come out of the assessment and initial training as a fully competent SF soldier. Looking back I figure my 2nd year on a team I was an asset. There were four SF medics in my class that went to 10th SFG(A). By the end of the first year there were two of us left. One voluntarily terminated and the other was thrown out of SF. By my fourth year I was super soldier. By my eighth year I was starting to tire. That is one reason why SOCOM generally cycles SF soldiers to a training job after two tours on a team. It gives the soldier a break. I had over two tours before they pulled me to go train and it was starting to show.
Even in peacetime with no real world deployments an SF soldier on a team can figure on being gone for seven to eight months of every year. If it’s not individual training or testing then it’s team training. Then there are the exercises and the required professional development schools.
Well, yeah, but Mr Sir wants war. She wants it now!
During the election, Trump said he’d get out of Syria, have a rapprochement with Russia, and go after Iran. The Dem’s Russiagate fear-mongering PR brilliantly destroyed any possible diplomatic overture with Putin (and made reading Wikileaks taboo), but I’ve still been wondering how Trump was going to work out the contradiction that Iran and Syria were working together to kick out ISIS, especially after Don appointed Iran hawk Mattis.
So this is a very interesting change. We’ll see how long the Neocons take to reign Trump back in, and what means they’ll use. A nice fake gas attack might work… (Unless, as some think, that this is just preparation for moving the conflict zone to the Sea of Azov.)
So far, these are glad tidings; and it’s gratifying to see warmongers gnashing their teeth, even if it’s only for a little while. For now, peace on Earth, good will toward men.
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