Former Defense Secretary James Mattis is back in the spotlight this week, as he prepares for the launch of a new book detailing, among other things, his time in Washington DC.
“Mad Dog”, as he is known in military circles, first reemerged within the political-media duality just days ago, making the press circuit rounds with mixed messages regarding his time working for the President. One on hand, Mattis’ descriptions of his time in the Trump White House seem to fuel the fire of “resistance”, while the high-ranking military member simultaneously attempts to distance himself from divulging such criticisms.
Of course, having a product to hock such as this book will certainly skew your public relations schtick.
The latest from Mattis’ tawdry tome takes aim at the White House again, but this time in direct opposition to the former occupants.
Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis criticized former Vice President Joe Biden in his new book, Call Sign Chaos, for wanting to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq, despite assessments from the intelligence community that progress would be reversed.
Mattis recalled being in Baghdad for a change of command ceremony in late summer 2010, a time when Al Qaeda had been driven “to its knees.” He wrote:
The question was: what to do now? If we pulled out abruptly intelligence reports warned, Iraq would fall back into civil war, allowing the jihadist terrorists to regenerate. The residual American force was the glue holding Iraq together and helping prevent terrorist resurgence.
The Obama White House supported the incumbent prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, despite him garnering less votes than the opposition in recent elections. Mattis said he was opposed to backing Maliki.
A direct passage from the book itself belies Biden’s inability to comprehend the forces at play:
If we pulled out troops too early, I noted, we would have to bring our troops back in. I argued that we had to stay and emphasized what our intelligence community assessed: our progress was not yet ingrained, and it was ‘reversible’ if we didn’t stay.
Vice President Biden and his assistants listened politely. But as we spoked, I sensed I was making no headway in convincing the administration officials not to support Maliki. It was like talking to people who lived in wooden houses but saw not need for a fire department. I saw that the die was already cast.
Mattis has claimed that this book began back in 2013, several years before the reality of a Joe Biden presidential candidacy was on the table.
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