Retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis will not run as an independent candidate in the presidential election despite pressure from conservative billionaires.
Conservative donors are throwing their weight and cash behind retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis in an attempt to pressure him into the presidential race to slow Donald Trump’s momentum.
James Mattis is legendary among Marines. He commanded the first Marines to land in Afghanistan in 2001, the 1st Marine Division in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and ultimately led U.S. Central Command until he was compelled to retire early over tensions with the Obama administration regarding Iran.
With John Kerry currently working to salvage a nuclear deal with Iran in Lausanne before tomorrow’s deadline, consider just how much the White House has been willing to sacrifice to get to this point. Even those supportive of the White House concede that some sort of general collapse is underway in the Middle East. They avoid those words like “collapse” or “chaos”, preferring metaphors like the “shifting” of “tectonic plates” (this example from the Center for American Progress’s Brian Katulis) implying that, as with volcanos and earthquakes, the Obama administration didn’t cause what is happening, and can’t do a darn thing about it anyway.
Gen. James Mattis, who retired in 2013 after 41 years of military service, is an inspirational leader.
The Obama administration’s strategy to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant does not go far enough overall, retired U.S. Gen. James Mattis told the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday.
President Obama had been given advice on how to handle the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant but did not act on it, according to a new report from Real Clear Defense.
Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis and other former military officials are criticizing the president’s 2016 deadline to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, according to the New York Times.
Prior to going to Iraq in 2004, Gen. James Mattis answered a colleague’s request to elaborate on the importance of reading for military officers. That response made its way into an email that subsequently went viral.