As our own Faye Higbee wrote Thursday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis will be retiring at the end of February after two years in the Trump cabinet. According to reports, Mattis said that Trump “has the right to have a Secretary of Defense that is more aligned” with his views.
Higbee tells us:
We could have seen that coming when the announcement for troop pullout from Syria came on Wednesday. Reading Mr. Mattis’ letter explains some of the upheaval between the two for some time, although James Mattis is always one to follow orders. Until those orders make no sense to him, that is. When the President stopped listening to him, he resigned.
Naturally, this caused the Never-Trump Washington establishment from both sides of the political aisle to go into a collective meltdown with talk of impeachment, a military coup to oust the president and mass suicide.
Former AFP White House reporter Andrew Beatty, for example, tweeted: “Syria withdrawal, Afghanistan draw down, Mattis gone, govt shutdown looming, President making decisions on the fly. Almost any other place in the world the guys in camouflage would be at the TV station by now.”
Syria withdrawal, Afghanistan draw down, Mattis gone, govt shutdown looming, President making decisions on the fly. Almost any other place in the world the guys in camouflage would be at the TV station by now.
— Andrew Beatty (@AndrewBeatty) December 21, 2018
Erick Erickson also suggested a military coup: “If we lived in a lesser country than our great nation, today is the day we really would be talking about a military coup. Soldiers down to the enlisted ranks are raising hell about the President’s Syria decision.”
Foreign Policy Pentagon reporter Lara Seligman tweeted this: “I think I speak for all national security reporters tonight when I say I’m about ready to jump off a cliff. But at least I already wrote the “who will replace Mattis” story two months (only two months?????) ago.”
I think I speak for all national security reporters tonight when I say I’m about ready to jump off a cliff. But at least I already wrote the “who will replace Mattis” story two months (only two months?????) ago @ForeignPolicy https://t.co/CzZOU4vyt2
— Lara Seligman (@laraseligman) December 21, 2018
Fake Washington Post “conservative” blogger Jennifer Rubin, well-known for her blind, seething hatred of Trump, added this: “it is time for Senate Republicans to seriously consider removing Trump in the event the House moves to impeach. Trump is a menace to our democracy and national security.”
it is time for Senate Republicans to seriously consider removing Trump in the event the House moves to impeach. Trump is a menace to our democracy and national security https://t.co/YnHJnbvpNj
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) December 21, 2018
The Washington Post’s Matt Viser added this:
Tomorrow is the darkest day of the year.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) December 21, 2018
And the Wall Street Journal weighed in:
Lawmakers and Pentagon officials said tonight that they were shaken by Mattis's departure and what it could mean for the U.S. military and the nation's national-security strategy. “We are on the edge,” one Pentagon official said. “This is unbelievable.” https://t.co/tQV3zRasEl
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) December 21, 2018
Unhinged Hollywood leftist Ed Asner tweeted:
With Mattis’ departure could we be seeing the first steps of a coup?
— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) December 21, 2018
Nancy Pelosi expressed her concern:
Just asked Pelosi about her comments about being "shaken" by Mattis resignation
"This is very serious for our country," she said. "There is something very wrong with this picture"
"This week was one of the most chaotic weeks we've ever seen in American government," Schumer said pic.twitter.com/p8814PbIXW
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 21, 2018
Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe warned of a possible nuclear war without Mattis at the Defense Department:
Yes: this. Retweet if you were hoping a grownup like Jim Mattis would stand between Trump and the nuclear codes. https://t.co/aNVzUNVqvH
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) December 21, 2018
One person reminded us of this:
— Guy Monzeglio (@GuyMonzeglio) December 21, 2018
And the nation continued to exist. But now we’re supposed to believe it’s the end of the space-time continuum because Mattis will be gone at the end of February.
Something tells us the continuum — and the nation — will survive, despite the establishment’s apparent desire for armed civil unrest…
Courtesy of Conservative Firing Line