Mattis is out as of Jan. 1

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Trump's different plans tend to make honorable people bail....

But then, honor can only stomach so much dishonor.

The Loyal Soldier Reached His Limit
During the past year, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has sometimes seemed to be running the Pentagon with clenched teeth. He kept quiet when President Trump made decisions that Mattis thought were wrong; he sat steely-eyed in White House meetings, refusing to indulge in the idolatry toward Trump of other Cabinet members. He argued for the policies he thought were right and kept his mouth shut when he lost.​
But on Thursday night, something snapped, and the unflappable Mattis did something that's rare and precious in Washington: He resigned on principle. He didn't make the ritual obeisance of thanking the president for giving him the job, but said instead: "I very much appreciate this opportunity to serve the nation and our men and women in uniform."​
Mattis's admirers, and they form a small army among current and former national security officials, were unanimous Friday in praising his decision. Some even saw it as a potential turning point for a country that's wobbling dangerously under a president who seems these days like a top that has lost its spin....​
It had become painful in recent months watching Trump-encouraged speculation that Mattis had lost favor and influence. This ritual humiliation of subordinates is one of Trump's least attractive qualities, and it was especially ugly when directed at the stoical, stalwart former Marine general. As is his practice, Mattis didn't respond publicly, until Thursday's zinger of the resignation letter.​
"This president has a way of walking everyone over the cliff and asking them to sacrifice everything they believe in to show loyalty. Mattis just couldn't go any further," said a retired four-star who knows Mattis well.​
Another senior former Pentagon official explained Mattis's resignation this way: "Generals don't do crazy." The months of volatile Trump decision-making finally proved too much.​
Mattis disagreed with Trump about so many issues, it's astonishing that he lasted this long. He thought it was a mistake to quit the Iran nuclear agreement; he disagreed about creating a space force as a new military branch; he feared Trump didn't understand the dangers of nuclear confrontation with North Korea and other adversaries; he disagreed with haranguing allies and trading partners; he disliked sending regular military troops to police the border.

More: The Loyal Soldier Reached His Limit | RealClearPolitics
 
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Trump's different plans tend to make honorable people bail....

But then, honor can only stomach so much dishonor.

The Loyal Soldier Reached His Limit
During the past year, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has sometimes seemed to be running the Pentagon with clenched teeth. He kept quiet when President Trump made decisions that Mattis thought were wrong; he sat steely-eyed in White House meetings, refusing to indulge in the idolatry toward Trump of other Cabinet members. He argued for the policies he thought were right and kept his mouth shut when he lost.​
But on Thursday night, something snapped, and the unflappable Mattis did something that's rare and precious in Washington: He resigned on principle. He didn't make the ritual obeisance of thanking the president for giving him the job, but said instead: "I very much appreciate this opportunity to serve the nation and our men and women in uniform."​
Mattis's admirers, and they form a small army among current and former national security officials, were unanimous Friday in praising his decision. Some even saw it as a potential turning point for a country that's wobbling dangerously under a president who seems these days like a top that has lost its spin....​
It had become painful in recent months watching Trump-encouraged speculation that Mattis had lost favor and influence. This ritual humiliation of subordinates is one of Trump's least attractive qualities, and it was especially ugly when directed at the stoical, stalwart former Marine general. As is his practice, Mattis didn't respond publicly, until Thursday's zinger of the resignation letter.​
"This president has a way of walking everyone over the cliff and asking them to sacrifice everything they believe in to show loyalty. Mattis just couldn't go any further," said a retired four-star who knows Mattis well.​
Another senior former Pentagon official explained Mattis's resignation this way: "Generals don't do crazy." The months of volatile Trump decision-making finally proved too much.​
Mattis disagreed with Trump about so many issues, it's astonishing that he lasted this long. He thought it was a mistake to quit the Iran nuclear agreement; he disagreed about creating a space force as a new military branch; he feared Trump didn't understand the dangers of nuclear confrontation with North Korea and other adversaries; he disagreed with haranguing allies and trading partners; he disliked sending regular military troops to police the border.

More: The Loyal Soldier Reached His Limit | RealClearPolitics
If Mattis wanted to run foreign policy he should have became President.
 
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I'm thinking that Secretary Mattis will not be getting a Christmas card or participating in the White House Secret Santa program.
 
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It is being reported that Don the Con did not understand the sharp rebuke of his leadership that Mattis included in his resignation letter until he heard the media explain it to him. He then reacted like a petulant child to replace Mattis immediately. Pathetic. Weak.
 
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Trump's different plans tend to make honorable people bail....

But then, honor can only stomach so much dishonor.

The Loyal Soldier Reached His Limit
During the past year, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has sometimes seemed to be running the Pentagon with clenched teeth. He kept quiet when President Trump made decisions that Mattis thought were wrong; he sat steely-eyed in White House meetings, refusing to indulge in the idolatry toward Trump of other Cabinet members. He argued for the policies he thought were right and kept his mouth shut when he lost.​
But on Thursday night, something snapped, and the unflappable Mattis did something that's rare and precious in Washington: He resigned on principle. He didn't make the ritual obeisance of thanking the president for giving him the job, but said instead: "I very much appreciate this opportunity to serve the nation and our men and women in uniform."​
Mattis's admirers, and they form a small army among current and former national security officials, were unanimous Friday in praising his decision. Some even saw it as a potential turning point for a country that's wobbling dangerously under a president who seems these days like a top that has lost its spin....​
It had become painful in recent months watching Trump-encouraged speculation that Mattis had lost favor and influence. This ritual humiliation of subordinates is one of Trump's least attractive qualities, and it was especially ugly when directed at the stoical, stalwart former Marine general. As is his practice, Mattis didn't respond publicly, until Thursday's zinger of the resignation letter.​
"This president has a way of walking everyone over the cliff and asking them to sacrifice everything they believe in to show loyalty. Mattis just couldn't go any further," said a retired four-star who knows Mattis well.​
Another senior former Pentagon official explained Mattis's resignation this way: "Generals don't do crazy." The months of volatile Trump decision-making finally proved too much.​
Mattis disagreed with Trump about so many issues, it's astonishing that he lasted this long. He thought it was a mistake to quit the Iran nuclear agreement; he disagreed about creating a space force as a new military branch; he feared Trump didn't understand the dangers of nuclear confrontation with North Korea and other adversaries; he disagreed with haranguing allies and trading partners; he disliked sending regular military troops to police the border.

More: The Loyal Soldier Reached His Limit | RealClearPolitics
Thanks for the link. Mattis was right to resign. It reaches a point where every person has to decide if they are better off trying to work from the inside or the outside. Mattis clearly reached that point. Mattis had the highest approval rating of anyone on Trump's cabinet. It will only go downhill from here for Trump. His favorability among active duty troops was already waning. Trump's treatment of Mattis and Trump's foreign policy decisions are sure to hasten that downhill slide.

Jim Mattis has the highest approval rating in Trump's Cabinet, survey finds
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis leads the pack as the most-approved-of member of President Trump's Cabinet, according to a new survey released Wednesday.

Slightly more than one-third of registered voters, 35 percent, are happy with the retired Marine Corps general compared to 19 percent who are not, based on a Morning Consult and Politico survey conducted March 15-19.

The survey also found that eight out of Trump's 18 Cabinet members have disapproval ratings that are higher than their favorable ratings.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley and Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development, tied for second place at 34 percent approval. However, Carson's disapproval rating of 32 percent was significantly higher than Haley's 20 percent.


White House chief of staff John Kelly ranked fourth at 32 percent approval.


Support for Trump is fading among active-duty troops, new poll shows
President Donald Trump’s approval rating among active-duty military personnel has slipped over the last two years, leaving today’s troops evenly split over whether they’re happy with the commander in chief’s job performance, according to the results of a new Military Times poll of active-duty service members.


 

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