The Obama Administration policy of appeasement is destroying the warrior leadership of the United States. Four star general and former Commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command, General James Mattis is considered by many to be the premier military leader of this generation.
Most military minds agreed that General Mattis was a near a shoe-in to be the next Commandant of the Marine Corps.
While serving in Afghanistan as a brigadier general, he was known as an officer who engaged his men with “real leadership.” General Mattis earned the nickname, “Mad Dog” because of his eagerness to fight. His real leadership style was recounted by a young Marine officer. The officer said he witnessed Mattis in a fighting hole talking with a sergeant and a lance corporal. He said, “No one would have questioned Mattis if he’d slept eight hours each night in a private room, to be woken each morning by an aide who ironed his uniforms and heated his MREs. But there he was, in the middle of a freezing night, out on the lines with his Marines.”
After being promoted to lieutenant general, Mattis took command of Marine Corps Combat Development Command. On February 1, 2005, speaking ad libitum at a forum in San Diego, he said “You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually, it’s a lot of fun to fight. You know, it’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up front with you, I like brawling.”
Mattis’s remarks sparked controversy and General Michael Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps, issued a statement suggesting that Mattis should have chosen his words more carefully, but would not be disciplined
In 2010, as head of Central Command, Mattis oversaw the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was responsible for a region that includes Syria, Iran, Yemen. The Obama administration did not place much trust in Mattis, because he was perceived to be too eager for a military confrontation with Iran. Quite the contrary, General Mattis did not agree with the terms of the Obama nuclear deal and was urging the Administration to create contingencies for if/when Iran broke the deal.
In 2013, Thomas Ricks wrote about the firing of General Mattis on foreignpolicy.com. Ricks said, “National Security Advisor Tom Donilon in particular was irked by Mattis’s insistence on being heard. I cringe when I hear about civilians shutting down strategic discussions. That is exactly what the Bush administration did in late 2002 when generals persisted in questioning whether it was wise to invade Iraq.”
President Barack Obama fired General James Mattis, the head of Central Command, without even calling the general to let him know he was being replaced.
“I am told that General Mattis was travelling and in a meeting when an aide passed him a note telling him that the Pentagon had announced his replacement as head of Central Command. It was news to him — he hadn’t received a phone call or a heads-up from anyone at the Pentagon or the White House,” Thomas E. Ricks reports.
At least four high-level military generals, now retired, went on the record with World Net Daily about President Obama’s firings of the military elite. The men who deemed the Commander in Chief’s terminations an attack on America’s armed forces included Army Major General Paul E. Vallely, a Fox News senior military analyst; Lieutenant General William G. Boykin, a founder of the Army’s Delta Force; and Medal of Honor recipient Major General Patrick Henry Brady.
Some military and media sources put the Obama administration military terminations as high as 500 during the president’s seven years in the Oval Office.