Jim Mattis’ resignation letter is an absolutely stunning rejection of Trumpism

“Lots of Cabinet officials — and I mean LOTS — have either resigned or been fired by President Donald Trump in his first 20 months in office. But no one has quit in quite the same way as Defense Secretary James Mattis did Thursday night,” according to CNN’s Chris Cillizza.

“‘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,’ Mattis wrote to Trump in a pointed two-page letter that he hand-delivered to the commander in chief earlier Thursday afternoon.

“‘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.’

“In that single paragraph, which sums up the sentiment of the longer letter, Mattis rejects out of hand Trump’s ‘America First’ foreign policy that had led to clashes with a slew of longtime allies — from Germany to Britain to Australia and back. From Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord to his recent announcement that the United States would be leaving Syria — a decision with which Mattis disagreed — Trump has shown time and time again that he rejects the post-World War II alliance structure that presidents, Republican and Democratic, have relied upon for more than seven decades.

“It’s impossible to read Mattis’ letter as evidence of anything but a man who had been pushed well past his breaking point and, finally, snapped. Faced with a President who made enemies of our allies and allies of our enemies — no one has arguably been happier with the Trump presidency than Russian President Vladimir Putin — Mattis decided to walk away.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

21 thoughts on “Jim Mattis’ resignation letter is an absolutely stunning rejection of Trumpism”

  1. Mattis is right with that resignation letter he gave Trump. Leaving Syria and abandoning our Kurdish allies to Erdogan’s madness is completely stupid and dangerous. As soon as US special forces pull out, Turkey is going to invade northeastern Syria and it is going to resemble something along the lines of another Armenian genocide Turkey committed a hundred years ago.
    Trump is going to have blood on his hands of our best allies in the Middle East. The Kurds in Syria, they did the front line fighting and dying going against the Islamic State. The Kurds in Syria have been trying to build a gender equal non patriarchal society, that was inclusive to all ethnicities and religions, Erdogan is going to destroy that. Trump is stupid beyond belief and that glimmer of hope the Kurds offered in Syria is going to be replaced with a generation of war. Where that all spreads is anybody’s guess.


  2. In a single week, one cabinet secretary resigned in disgrace, another cabinet secretary resigned in disgust, the stock market continued to tank, the government shutdown will further cripple the economy and leave tens of thousands of government workers without paychecks, a former national security adviser to the president faced a judge threatening to send him to jail, and a president announced a unilateral pull-out of American forces from Syria, and Afghanistan with a tweet? And—With no previous political or governmental experience at all, Jared Kushner is running around like he can do something. (As a result of his father’s conviction for fraud and incarceration, he took over management of his father’s real estate company Kushner Companies, which launched his business career.) You can’t wash the stink off the Trumps-

    In less than two years, Trump has gone through three chiefs of staff, two secretaries of state, two CIA directors, three national security advisers, and two secretaries of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and the Veterans Administration. In all, there have been more than 35 firings or resignations from Trump’s administration.
    All of Trump’s generals are out, all of those “adults in the room” who were supposed to save us from an erratic and unpredictable man in the White House. Out. Done for. Gone.
    General Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser: gone, amid shouts of “lock him up.”
    General H.R. McMaster, Trump’s second national security adviser, touted as a “military intellectual” who would put the operation of our foreign affairs on an even keel: gone, keel-hauled in favor of Loon of the Month John Bolton. And that Loon is dangerous —-

    1. Hi All:

      The simple fact is that the Donald suffers a personality disorder. He simply is disabled. Period. It could happen to anybody.

      It has nothing to do with left vs right, up vs down, and precious little (although some) of rich vs poor — the safety valve of the middle class is increasingly gutted.

      If we make it through this with an intact democracy, we are going to have to alter some systems so this is less likely to happen in the future.

      And, while we are at it, let’s go forward with serious campaign finance reform and probably term limits for good measure.

      1. “Personality disorder”. Let’s be clear and not minimize it, he’s a clinical malignant narcissist and a sociopath. In a saner society he would be institutionalized and heavily medicated…and kept from “normal” society. But wealth, even when unearned, forgives all sins. Everything he touches turns to s**t. And we (the 33% and the 40% who stayed home) elected this pariah. On some level we deserve what we have.

      2. “He simply is disabled.”
        And the longer he stays in office the more he is going to make the country suffer his disability. So I wonder what will be the breaking point under Trump’s presidency to rid us of this Trump mess?
        “Worst Christmas Eve day in stock market history”. Only a half day of trading and the Dow plunges 659 points. The market has not only wiped out 2018 gains, it is now down to September 2017 levels. At this rate the market will be back to when Trump was sworn in office by the end of this trading week.

      3. “On some level we deserve what we have.”
        Well America might deserve it, but do the Kurdish people in Syria that fought on the front lines deserve Trump’s insanity? Rojava was a model to turn away from the usual Middle East sectarian patriarchal murderers, head removers, and rape culture, that is so common with Turks and Arab fundamentalists in that region, men treat women over there worse than dogs. We all know what Turks did to Armenians, that same genocidal treatment is coming at the Kurds after US forces leave.

  3. No, the Kurds do not deserve the massacre that is going to occur at the hands of Turkey. And although Trump will not accept the onus, it’s ALL on him. But we do , collectively, deserve the results of the regime of the orange lunatic. We allowed ourselves to arrive at where we’re at. We didn’t even kick and scream. The total dumbing down of the population that didn’t even start out all that bright in the first place is pretty much complete. Now we have a near majority of morons voting against their own interest, and the rest stay home to make their “principled statements.”And the .01% laughing all the way to the bank…because that’s what sociopaths and psychopaths can do. The US, as a whole, is presently a pathological organism that is ruled by greedy, deviant parasites, sociopaths and lunatics.

  4. This is so sad. Back home, in our local blogosphere, “fish” (who doesn’t even live locally) and Todd Juvinall (the former County Supervisor) are being catty — on Christmas Eve, no less (fish still can’t spell “occurring”). I wonder if they have any “loved ones” other than each other. “Pen pals help elderly fight loneliness” is here: http://journalgazette.net/features/20170912/pen-pals-help-elderly-fight-loneliness. Ha!

    1. Oh my goodness! Our local “newlywed” (AKA 😂) joined in the fun too — on Christmas Day no less! “Birds of a feather …” 😂😂😂

  5. Yes it was a joyous Christmas Eve for Greg Goodknight over on Rebane’s bog.

    See Paul.
    See the dead horse.
    See Paul flog the dead horse.
    Flog, flog, flog.

    Posted by: Gregory | 24 December 2018 at 11:55 PM

    1. Wow! What a way to ring in Christmas at 11:55 p.m. — insulting Paul Emery on George Rebane’s blog. It’s epidemic, however. Here’s one from Barry Pruett on Todd’s blog: “Barry Pruett December 27, 2018 at 1:07 AM: It’s not a cruise. It’s way classier. Lol.” Isn’t he a happy newlywed? Sheesh. Speaking of Pruett, I was invited to a lunch to celebrate Greg Diaz’ re-election, but I didn’t see Barry’s name on the list. ROFLOL.

  6. And to think that Goodnight sees himself as the resident intellectual and education expert on rebane’s circle of stupid blog.

      1. You can’t make this stuff up! “Barry Pruett December 27, 2018 at 10:15 AM
        “Silly. We left over a week ago. We’ve been to Dublin, flew to Rome and drive to Verona, then drove through the Italian alps to Innsbruck and stayed in Tulfes. Now we are in Ravenna, Italy and meeting all the eight kids in Rome for eight days. Merry Christmas! Have fun on that cruise.”

        Stop the presses! Barry Pruett is now bragging about traveling to Europe. Been there, done that with our family:
        Italy: https://sierrafoothillsreport.com/2014/07/26/rome-selfies-in-the-sistine-chapel/
        Ireland: https://sierrafoothillsreport.com/2016/06/09/a-hawk-walk/
        Wish I had blogged about our Christmas-time trip to Switzerland, riding the “Glacier Express” from Zermatt to St. Moritz. Or the one to Innsbruck, Austria, another winter. Or the other one to Albertville for the Winter Olympics.
        You go Barry! You’re the “Rick Steves of Harvey, Ill!” Silly indeed. Happy New Year!

  7. Now we get to hear how Pruett is retracing some roots. We did that too, visiting the small Swiss town grandpa Joe was from before he came to Northern California, and we met some relatives. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gudo) Pellini was changed to Pelline on Ellis Island. Grandpa settled in Sebastopol with other Swiss-Italians, bought some apple orchards and met grandma. No DNA test kit needed. That fad hadn’t started. Old-fashioned gumshoe reporting. Good times!

      1. Pruett can’t stay off Todd’s blog! Some European holiday. At least Todd is exposed to someone who travels beyond the Dickie’s BBQ on Hwy. 49. They deserve each other; that’s for sure. “Mr. Turlington W. Harvey, meets Mr. Dickie.” lol.

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