Worthwhile: WaPo, Mattis on Afghanistan and Trump

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Consider starting an hour in on the YouTube. Mattis is not a sparkling speaker nor deep thinker.  Much of what Mattis says is a clear indication that, even among the “best of us,” idiocy and propagandization rule.  

Submitted to Veterans Today by the Washington Post

This morning in a Washington Post Live interview, General James Mattis (Ret.) commented on the Washington Post report ‘The Afghanistan Papers’ – a years-long investigation that revealed senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign. He said: “I have a hard time seeing it as all that revelatory. These were issues, as I went through – and I read it all – I went through all of it … and the difficulty of Afghanistan was well understood very early on… the idea that there was any kind of an effort to hide this perplexes me.” VIEW CLIP

On the question of a continued troop presence in Afghanistan, Gen. Mattis said, “The international community will have to keep troops there into the future…Terrorism is an ambient threat. As long as any of us in this room are alive we’re going to have to deal with it.” VIEW CLIP

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When asked after working with 3 presidents what he believed leadership at the highest level should look like, Gen Mattis answered:  “Someone who is steeped in history, and is a good listener, and understands how you build a sense of common cause, build teams and bring people together.”  VIEW CLIP

Gen. Mattis on America today said, “We seem to have forgotten that governance takes unity…I’m less concerned right now with foreign enemies than I am with what we’re doing to ourselves.” VIEW CLIP

Mattis said he supported the President’s efforts for peace talks with Ambassador Khalilzad and creating a deal with the Taliban,

“I think the president was right to start the negotiation with the Taliban, I think he was right to call it off when the bombings occurred, there’s a cost to this.” VIEW CLIP 

When asked if he believed if it was appropriate to invite Taliban leadership to a signing ceremony at Camp David, Mattis said, “I don’t want to speculate that far ahead. The Taliban is not proven trustworthy, so in this case instead of trust, verify. I’m going to have to go with verify, then trust.”

On former Army Secretary Richard Spencer, Gen. Mattis said, “I have high regard for Secretary Spencer, I trust him.” (21:30)

On potential military confrontation with Iran, Gen. Mattis said,  “We’re up against a revolutionary regime, and the people we have access to don’t have the power to make decisions…Our problem is not the Iranian people, it’s the regime. VIEW CLIP

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Many people want military to be political or useful in other ways. I don’t understand that. Mattis is good at what he was born to do, but to take military Generals into cabinet positions is not a good idea, nor is it efficacious. I always say, I did four pretty easy years and spent ten recovering psychologically, there is no cure for 30 years. It is a life thing. That’s why they call them lifers. There are waiting periods for a reason and they should be extended. The waiver process should not be used lightly. Benevolent democracy must be run by civilians. Mattis shouldn’t have been asked.

  2. “On potential military confrontation with Iran: “” We’re up against a revolutionary regime,…, our problem is not the Iranian people, it’s the regime””. What’s this “we” shit? Iran could say the thing: our problem is not the American people, it’s the Kosher Nostra regime that runs America. Besides, what does he justify “up against” with? What has Iran done to the US? This guy, Mattis, strikes me as pretty stupid. How did he manage to climb so high up the ranks? It’s mind-boggling.

  3. He keeps bringing up the theory of Adel al-Jubeir’s assassination with a broad brush and paint the entire government, even though Suzanne Maloney, Alireza Nader, Ken Katzman and others have said that it is baloney. Yes idiocy and propagandization rule.

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