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Hopes for the Trump administration are not burning brightly.
Trump’s military chief, Gen. Mattis, is turning out to be true to his “mad dog” nickname. He has just declared that Iran “is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world.” sputniknews.com... He has declared Russia to be the number one threat to the US.
He has threatened intervention in China’s territorial affairs. I was wrong.
I thought Gen. Mattis was a reasonable choice as he rejects the efficacy of torture, and, according to Trump, convinced Trump that “torture doesn’t work.” Apparently Mattis cannot reach beyond this realization to higher geo-political realizations. Trump needs to fire Mattis who has placed the Pentagon in the way of normal relations with Russia
We are also hearing from Mattis and from Tillerson threats to intervene in China’s sphere of influence. Trump’s appointees appear to be unable to understand that there can be no improvement in relations with Russia if the Trump regime has Iran and China in its crosshairs.
Trump has angered Beijing by speaking with the Taiwanese president and threatening high tariffs on Chinese goods. Mattis has had relatively little experience with China, and in 2015 Senate testimony called for a “parallel” policy of positive relations and “counterbalanc[ing]” Beijing’s naval buildup in the South China Sea.
The Trump administration needs to present a different Washington to the world.
After less than a week on the job, Mattis walked through the Pentagon press corps bullpen with a message: call him Jim. “Enough of this Mad Dog business,” paraphrased Military Times reporter Andrew DeGrandpre. The correction needed no explicit rebuke of Trump to convey its message.
Whatever mad dog Trump thinks Mattis to be, Mattis’ first week at the Pentagon showed him gripping the leash from the other end.
Mattis set out to assure traditional US allies that Trump’s harsh assessments of them are not the final word from Washington.
In a flurry of calls to his counterparts, Mattis has sent signals that he is both a traditional Atlanticist and an anchor of stability serving an unpredictable president.
Not everyone, however, thinks Mattis is walking Trump back. “It’s clear that General Mattis will be given a relatively free hand in running the Department of Defense,” said Jack Keane, a retired US army general who played a leading role in designing the 2007-08 Iraq troop surge and who has advised Hillary Clinton.
Mattis, Keane said, was “doing things that a secretary would normally do, like when he assumes his duties and calls his counterparts around the world and reassures them that this administration intends to continue to support their allies”. “I don’t think it’s a reining-in so much as President Trump relying on his judgment,” he said.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
originally posted by: Damiel
a reply to: neo96
I like coffee and i like tea ...both preferences are valable
Coffee is not tea and tea is not coffee.
Trump may have actually boxed himself in by picking highly respected generals such as Kelly and Mattis to helm top posts in his administration.
Even conservatives who publicly stand by the president latch on to the appointments of Mattis and Kelly as their best evidence that Trump’s presidency will not be as problematic as his temperament and actions sometimes suggest, or some of his more troubling White House advisers portend.
But if Mattis or Kelly were to resign in protest, that might change everything.
originally posted by: neo96
So we went to Trump is a Russian puppet to Trumps being to hard on Russia.
MAKE UP YOUR MINDS.
Can't have it both ways.