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Former defense secretary Mattis tells Joe Biden: Dump Pres. Trump’s ‘America First’ national security policy

This post first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds

In December 2018, retired Marine Corps general James Mattis resigned as defense secretary in protest of President Trump’s Syria policy because Trump wanted to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, ISIS having been substantially brought under control.

Since then, Mattis has become a diehard “never Trumper”.

In June 2020, while America was torn asunder by George Floyd BLM riots, looting and burning, with police officers being attacked and killed, Mattis unloaded on President Trump in a searing opinion piece in The Atlantic, accusing him of abusing the powers of his office and of trying to divide the American people.

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Now, Mattis is proffering policy recommendations to Joe Biden, treating Biden as the president-elect and ignoring all the many signs of election fraud and irregularities.

In a November 23, 2020 op-ed in Foreign Affairs magazine, Mattis urged Biden to dump Trump’s “America first” national security policy for a more “cooperative” approach with U.S. allies around the globe because, according to turncoat Mattis, “America first” has meant “America alone”.

The New York Post quotes from Mattis’ op/ed “Defense in Depth”:

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In January, when President Joe Biden and his national security team begin to reevaluate U.S. foreign policy, we hope they will quickly revise the national security strategy to eliminate ‘America first’ from its contents, restoring in its place the commitment to cooperative security that has served the United States so well for decades.

The best strategy for ensuring safety and prosperity is to buttress American military strength with enhanced civilian tools and a restored network of solid alliances — both necessary to achieving defense in depth.

The United States today is undermining the foundations of an international order manifestly advantageous to U.S. interests, reflecting a basic ignorance of the extent to which both robust alliances and international institutions provide vital strategic depth. [Trump’s policy] has damaged the country’s ability to address problems before they reach U.S. territory and has thus compounded the danger emergent threats pose.

Responding to Mattis’ piece, Trump tweeted:

That says it all about Mattis. Obama fired him. I should have fired him sooner. Did best work after he was gone. World’s most overrated general!

Mattis also criticizes Trump for referring to “forever wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mattis insists that the continual presence of U.S. troops and diplomats in Asia, Europe and the Middle East provides “support to friendly governments struggling to exert control over their own territory,” and acts as an “early warning system” about threats which gives the U.S. time to react.

The Trump administration earlier this month announced that the Pentagon will cut US forces in Afghanistan to 2,500 from 4,500, and in Iraq to 2,500 from 3,000.

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