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.
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Responding to The Washington Post’s publication of The Afghanistan Papers, General James Mattis (Ret.) says the difficulty of Afghanistan was understood very early on. https://t.co/2wEWEiHtLS #postlive pic.twitter.com/HSpxcLaCio
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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