Four-Star General Mattis Fired Without even a Phone Call over Iran Questions
HT: The Weekly Standard
Just days after the news four-star U.S. Marine General James "mad dog" Mattis, a very outspoken Marine if there ever was any and Commander of the United States Central Command since 2010, was being replaced, we are starting to uncover a very disturbing story behind his removal.
It is being reported that neither the White House nor the Pentagon had the courtesy to even inform the four-star General of his pending removal, or notify him by telephone. Instead, an aide passed along a note to him with the announcement of his replacement while he was travelling on business.
And while that's one of the worse cases of civilian indifference and complete disrespect towards a leading officer I have ever heard of, the reason behind it is even worse - apparently the General made civilian officials uncomfortable with his questioning of Iran, of how we would deal with Iran if the nuclear threat is neutralized, how to deal with their exporting of terror, and nuclear info, etc.
Apparently he was too "hawkish" to tolerate in their opinion... Well, shit... A man who has seen war for decades has a right to be concerned about a nation of theological nutcases developing an nuclear weapon to destroy little Satan (Israel) and big Satan (Oh, the United States), but I guess that's just too sensitive a topic to discuss in Obama's second term.
I am disgusted. It's bad enough the administration is trying to confirm former Senator Hagel, who not only has offended our allies in Israel with his offensive comments and votes against them, but who is an ultimate dove on the issue of Iran, who favors doing nothing to prevent their program... But now removing a four-star General because he was too hawkish? What exactly are they going for here?
Something's fishy in the Potomac...
Author's note: I originally referred to General Mattis as a three-star General, when in fact he is a four star-general... I apologize for the typo and it has been corrected.