US Military Might Want to Read General Mattis’ Resignation Letter as a Military Assault on Venezuela Approaches

Source: The Washington Post

Trump’s explanation for why Mattis left as defense secretary changes again

President claimed in a new interview that he asked for a letter of resignation.

By Dan Lamothe • February 1, 2019 at 1:54 PM

Then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens as President Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House June 21, 2018. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Five weeks after the departure of Jim Mattis as defense secretary, President Trump’s explanation for how he came to leave the job has continued to shift, as he seeks to marginalize the former Pentagon chief’s influence in his administration.

Trump’s latest comments about Mattis came Thursday, as he claimed in an interview with the New York Times that Mattis submitted a letter of resignation on Dec. 20 “because I said, ‘You’re not my choice.'” That marks a departure from weeks of Trump administration officials saying that Mattis’s resignation was a surprise, and that he submitted the letter after a series of policy disagreements culminating with Trump’s abrupt order to remove all U.S. troops from Syria.

Trump, asked if he had any thoughts about his plans for the defense secretary position, began by re-litigating the circumstances of Mattis’s departure.

“So I wasn’t happy with Mattis,” Trump said, according to an interview transcript. “I told Mattis to give me a letter. He didn’t just give me that letter. I told him.”

Trump pointed out that he previously had called Mattis “sort of a Democrat” in an October interview with “60 Minutes.”

Please go to The Washington Post to read the entire article.

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Ed. note: When General Mattis’ resignation letter is read reading between the lines indicates General Mattis is opposed to this coming invasion of Venezuela. This coming invasion of Venezuela is not “protecting the American people”. As General Mattis’ resignation letter is read, consider that Venezuela was America’s ally at one time.

General James Mattis resignation letter:

Dear Mr. President,

I have been privileged to serve as our country’s 26th Secretary of Defense which has allowed me to serve alongside our men and women of the Department in defense of our citizens and our ideals.

I am proud of the progress that has been made over the past two years on some of the key goals articulated in our National Defense Strategy: putting the Department on a more sound budgetary footing, improving readiness and lethality in our forces, and reforming the Department’s business practices for greater performance. Our troops continue to provide the capabilities needed to prevail in conflict and sustain strong U.S. global influence.

One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies. Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States should not be the policeman of the world. Instead, we must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances. NATO’s 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongside us following the 9-11 attack on America. The Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations is further proof.

Similarly, I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model – gaining veto authority over other nations’ economic, diplomatic, and security decisions – to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense.

My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues. We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances.

Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position. The end date for my tenure is February 28, 2019, a date that should allow sufficient time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed as well as to make sure the Department’s interests are properly articulated and protected at upcoming events to include Congressional posture hearings and the NATO Defense Ministerial meeting in February. Further, that a full transition to a new Secretary of Defense occurs well in advance of the transition of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September in order to ensure stability within the Department.

I pledge my full effort to a smooth transition that ensures the needs and interests of the 2.15 million Service Members and 732,079 DoD civilians receive undistracted attention of the Department at all times so that they can fulfill their critical, round-the-clock mission to protect the American people.

I very much appreciate this opportunity to serve the nation and our men and women in uniform.

James N. Mattis

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Ed note: Listen carefully to President Trump describe General Mattis’ military experience in this news clip at The Hill. It is pathetic after General Mattis served a highly distinguished 44 year career in the US Marine Corps. A lot of military people including this editor liked General Mattis, but apparently President Trump didn’t. If anyone could have turned America around, at least the military end of things, it would have been General Mattis.

President James Mattis in 2020

As momentum picks up for a military invasion of Venezuela, remember General Mattis’ resignation letter if you are in the military and are deployed finding yourself in a situation where you aren’t being asked to serve the common defense, where you will be asked to give illegal orders and where your actions may put you before a court as you are about to be placed in an untenable position. This is going to be an ill-advised and illegal war on Venezuela and an invasion of South America.

Source: The Hill

Trump says he forced Mattis to resign

By Ellen Mitchell – February 2, 2019

President Trump says he forced former Defense Secretary James Mattis to resign as he “wasn’t happy with the job that he was doing at all,” according to an interview the president gave to The New York Times.

“So I wasn’t happy with Mattis. I told Mattis to give me a letter,” Trump told the Times. “He didn’t just give me that letter. I told him.”He continued, “I didn’t like the job he was doing. I wasn’t happy with it. I wasn’t happy with the — I got him more money than the military has ever seen before. And I wasn’t happy with the job that he was doing at all. And I said it’s time.”

Mattis in December announced his departure from the Pentagon following Trump’s surprise announcement that the administration would withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, where coalition forces continue to fight elements of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on the ground.

In his resignation letter, Mattis stated that Trump deserved a general “whose views are better aligned with yours,” and signaled his concern with the way Trump treated allies in NATO as well as rivals such as China and Russia. 

The president first issued a cordial statement on the departure, writing on Twitter that Mattis “will be retiring, with distinction, at the end of February,” and praising the former Marine Corps general for his “tremendous progress” at the Defense Department.

Please go to The Hill to read the entire article.

More:

Trump on Mattis’ departure: ‘I didn’t like the job he was doing’

Ed note: This is all being orchestrated and carefully staged in order to build up public opinion in America to support an illegal war against Venezuela as an invasion now looks imminent. These two alleged “Venezuelan army defectors” are not defectors, they aren’t in the army and they are a fraud being perpetrated on a gullible public. Do not think for a moment that General James Mattis does not know what is going on here related to plans for Venezuela considering Trump forcing General Mattis out of the Department of Defense.

Under no circumstances should these two fraudulent proxies and those they represent be given weapons. The US government is siding with men who are about the most vile men imaginable and these are the types of criminals the US military is being called to defend? RT News figured this out that these two are impostors, they are actors, yet the US government is standing behind them. Now do people know why Donald Trump had General Mattis removed?

Source: RT News

CNN’s ‘Venezuelan army defectors’ not in army, not defectors & don’t live in Venezuela

Closer inspection of the uniforms worn by two self-proclaimed Venezuelan army defectors interviewed on CNN earlier this week has revealed that they are not who they say they are, and probably should not be given guns.

“As Venezuelan soldiers, we are making a request to the US to support us, in logistical terms, with communication, with weapons, so we can realize Venezuelan freedom,” one of the alleged defectors told CNN.

Their conveniently timed appeal came alongside ramped up efforts by the US to institute regime change in the oil rich South American nation, installing pro-American opposition leader Juan Guaidó into power. The two claimed to be in contact with a network of disgruntled army units and defectors ready to “rise up in arms” against recently re-elected President Nicolas Maduro.

Please go to RT News to read the entire article.

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Ed. note: This is what is going on inside Colombia as the US will use the narco-state of Colombia’s military on Venezuela’s border to secure the region around Maracaibo, Venezuela. There is a drug war raging in Colombia and the US is going to use the Colombian military as its proxy to attack Venezuela. The US’s proxy running the narco-state of Colombia Ivan Duque offers his comments on Venezuela’s President Maduro suggesting Maduro’s hours are numbered.

The reason why Ivan Duque is where he is at the head of the Colombia narco-state is because Duque will commit the Colombian military for an invasion of Venezuela. Duque is held in power by $500 million a year in Colombian foreign aid. Despite record amounts of cocaine production going on inside Colombia, Ivan Duque is the US’s man in Colombia when The Economist promotes him.

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In the following Reuters news story about Venezuela shipping gold to the UAE read the following paragraph that states:

“But the sale of large volumes of the reserves underpinning the currency is a significant escalation that countries only generally resort to in the most dire financial straits.”

What this is saying is that the country of Venezuela needs to have gold to underpin its currency while the US doesn’t? Do readers see the sham that’s going on here? How much currency is in circulation according to the Federal Reserve? Something like $1.7 trillion in circulation so wouldn’t that require at current prices of gold roughly 40, 266 tonnes of gold in reserve. The hypocrisy going on here towards Venezuela is way beyond the pale. What the US is after in Venezuela is not only the oil deposits which are some of the largest in the world, but Venezuela’s gold as well.

Exclusive: Venezuela plans to fly central bank gold reserves to UAE – source

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