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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 04 September 2019 - 03:50 PM

Mattis: You Won’t Believe How Obama And Biden Bungled Iraq And Allowed The Rise Of ISIS

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Ed Morrissey
Posted at 2:01 pm on September 3, 2019

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Be careful what you wish for. Democrats looking for ways to attack Donald Trump have been licking their chops at the prospect of a James Mattis tell-all memoir. Unfortunately for them, Mattis has indeed written such a book, but it tells all about Mattis’ observations of their front runner, Joe Biden, and his former boss Barack Obama.

The Washington Examiner got a sneak peek of Mattis’ new memoir Call Sign Chaos, and it’s not pretty. While Mattis warned of the risks of a sudden withdrawal in 2011, Biden refused to listen:

“I found him an admirable and amiable man. But he was past the point where he was willing to entertain a ‘good idea.’ He didn’t want to hear more; he wanted our forces out of Iraq. Whatever path led there fastest, he favored,” Mattis writes. “He exuded the confidence of a man whose mind was made up, perhaps even indifferent to considering the consequences were he judging the situation incorrectly.”

Biden reassured Mattis that Maliki wouldn’t eject all American troops from the country.

“Maliki wants us to stick around, because he does not see a future in Iraq otherwise,” Biden said. “I’ll bet you my vice presidency.”

Mattis doesn’t say whether he tried to collect on that bet. As he writes, “In October 2011, Prime Minister Maliki and President Obama agreed that all U.S. forces would leave at the end of the year.”

Mattis’ warnings proved prescient, as Maliki, free of American influence, went after Sunni politicians and districts, alienating a third of the country. “Iraq slipped back into escalating violence. It was like watching a car wreck in slow motion,” Mattis writes. A Sunni revolt and a weak Iraqi Army allowed al Qaeda-aligned terrorists to return in 2014, calling themselves the Islamic State.

Mattis told reporters last week that he won’t criticize a sitting president whose administration he served. It’s widely suspected that Mattis has no love for Donald Trump, and some of his remarks about leadership seem implicitly aimed at his former boss. When it comes to Trump’s retired predecessor, however, Mattis shows no such restraint. His assessment of Barack Obama doesn’t even carry the leavening of personal admiration that Mattis expresses about Biden:

Mattis summarizes his time commanding CENTCOM, overseeing military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia until Obama fired him, in harsh terms: “It was to be a time when I would witness duty and deceit, courage and cowardice, and, ultimately, strategic frustration.” The general was in charge of two wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, though one ended on his watch — or so the president said. …

The White House “dealt with Iraq as a ‘one-off,’ as if the pullout of our troops there would have no regional implications, reinforcing our allies’ fears that we were abandoning them. I argued strongly that any vacuum left in our wake would be filled by Sunni terrorists and Iran.”

Mattis believes he was vindicated by events. Obama declared the war over, but “Iraq slipped back into escalating violence. It was like watching a car wreck in slow motion,” Mattis says. “All of this was predicted — and preventable.”

Obama made “catastrophic decisions” in Iraq, Mattis concludes. And he did so because he ignored the advice coming from multiple military and civilian advisers, thinking he knew better than all of them.

“At the top, then as now, there was an aura of omniscience. The assessments of the intelligence community, our diplomats, and our military had been excluded from the decision-making circle,” Mattis writes.

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Posted 04 September 2019 - 03:58 PM

The title is incorrect - I do believe it.

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Posted 04 September 2019 - 04:56 PM

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Obama made “catastrophic decisions” in Iraq, Mattis concludes. And he did so because he ignored the advice coming from multiple military and civilian advisers, thinking he knew better than all of them.


He did that in EVERY area of his purview as POTUS, and the results were catastrophic for everyone EXCEPT the Obamas and their inner circle.

But that's the leftard mindset: let everyone else pay the consequences for their choices.
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Posted 04 September 2019 - 04:59 PM

That's because Obama was smarter than everyone else in the room! Hell he was even smarter than himself!
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Posted 05 September 2019 - 11:41 AM

View PostMontyPython, on 04 September 2019 - 03:58 PM, said:

The title is incorrect - I do believe it.

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I agree. But maybe he's targeting an audience of the uninformed who may at first never believed or didn't realize that ISIS grew because of pulling all troops from Iraq.
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Posted 05 September 2019 - 12:20 PM

View PostItalian Biker, on 05 September 2019 - 11:41 AM, said:

I agree. But maybe he's targeting an audience of the uninformed who may at first never believed or didn't realize that ISIS grew because of pulling all troops from Iraq.


Yep, that's what I figure too. My first comment was, of course, just a sarcastic snippet.

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 05:12 PM

Even Helen Keller could see this 30 miles away.
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Posted 05 September 2019 - 05:56 PM

View PostRedSoloCup, on 05 September 2019 - 05:12 PM, said:

Even Helen Keller could see this 30 miles away.


Yup, and Stevie Wonder...and Ray Charles...
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Posted 05 September 2019 - 06:10 PM

I wonder if this means Mattis will be voted back on the conservative island now
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Posted 05 September 2019 - 06:26 PM

View PostModerator T, on 05 September 2019 - 06:10 PM, said:

I wonder if this means Mattis will be voted back on the conservative island now

I still love my Mattis coffee cup. :lol:

And this may or may not help his cause.
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Posted 06 September 2019 - 02:16 AM

 Liz, on 05 September 2019 - 06:26 PM, said:

I still love my Mattis coffee cup. :lol:

And this may or may not help his cause.

Looks like he's a man without a country then!
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Posted 06 September 2019 - 05:41 PM

I n all the Presidents in my lifetime (since FDR), I thought Carter was the worst until Obama came. He made Carter look almost capable in comparison.
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