Democratic lawmakers and their press allies are more than expected with the release of the memoir of former Defense Secretary James Mattis, Rufzeichen-Chaos .
White House critics For weeks, he was concerned about the possibility that the retired naval general's book might be a White House, overflowing with delicious Trump rumors against President Trump. According to Kelly Jane Torrance, the Washington Examiner the book does not provide such succulent delights for #Resistance.
The memoirs, however, contain a terribly unflattering insight into the Obama-era foreign policy and the former president's strategy (or lack of such a strategy) to defeat the Islamic State.
Those who still revered former President Barack Obama will likely consider Mattis's new book as a deeply undesirable surprise. And those who were hoping to win back the White House to former Vice President Joe Biden will not like this book at all.
The former Secretary of Defense says of Biden (via Torrance):
Biden assured Mattis that Maliki would not throw all American troops out of the country.
"Maliki wants us to stay with him because he does not see any future in Iraq," Biden said. "I bet you're my vice presidency."
Mattis does not say if he has tried to collect on this bet. In October 2011, Prime Minister Maliki and President Obama agreed that all US forces would leave by the end of the year.
Mattis's warnings were predictable when Maliki, free of American influence, persecuted Sunni politicians and districts and alienated one-third of the country. Iraq returned to escalating violence. It was like watching a car wreck in slow motion, "writes Mattis. A Sunni insurgency and a weak Iraqi army allowed al-Qaeda terrorists to return in 2014 and call themselves Islamic states.
Then there is Matti's memory of working with Obama himself. Unlike the largely friendly assessment of the former Defense Secretary to Biden, the treatise does not contain similarly friendly words for the former president. As Mattis puts it, Obama is personally responsible for the violence, chaos, destruction, rape and looting that followed the sudden US withdrawal from Iraq. As Mattis puts it, the former president is a man who is completely overwhelmed with arrogance and pride, and whose stubborn refusal to listen to those who understand the situation on the ground in Iraq has condemned thousands of civilians to death.
The White House "treated Iraq as" unique "as if the withdrawal of our troops had no regional implications, reinforcing the fears of our allies that we would give them up.I strongly argued that every vacuum we leave behind , is filled by Sunni terrorists and Iran. "
Mattis believes he has been confirmed by events. Obama declared the war over, but "Iraq has again escalated violence. It was like watching a car wreck in slow motion, "says Mattis. "All this was predicted – and avoidable."
Obama met "catastrophic decisions" in Iraq, Mattis concludes. And he did so because he ignored the advice of several military and civilian advisors and believed he knew it better than all of them.
"At the top there was then, as now, an aura of omniscience. The assessments of the intelligence services, our diplomats and our military were excluded from the circle of decision-makers, "writes Mattis.
It was this constant tension between Mattis and the Obama White House that led to his sudden dismissal, writes the retired general. As Mattis remembers being "fired" by the White House, he directly accuses Obama of being a puny coward:
I left a region in flames and in disorder. The absence of an integrated regional strategy had driven us, and our friends were confused. We offered no guidance or direction. I left my post deeply worried that we had shaken the trust of our friends and created a vacuum that our opponents would exploit.
As Matt Morrisey notes in Hot Air Mattis' book has obvious implications for 2020. It undermines the narrative that Biden knows what he is doing in terms of foreign policy.
"Obama's story, but Biden currently argues that it is the future. This assessment of Mattis makes this argument much more complicated, especially as foreign policy and national security strategy are to be Biden's strength, "Morrisey notes.
He adds, "Mattis is now the second former Defense Secretary to claim that Biden is the emperor without clothes when it comes to his alleged specialty."
The first Defense Secretary to challenge Biden's alleged foreign policy strikes Morrisey reminds us that Robert Gates wrote in 2014 to the then Vice President: "I believe he has been wrong in almost all major foreign policy and national security issues over the past four decades.
Team Biden and his allies in the Democratic National Committee must face up to this criticism quickly. If the Gates / Mattis narrative takes hold, the former vice president will lose sight of one of his main claims to fame alone, which will be catastrophic for him in 2020.
But combine their criticism with the fact that the Trump administration can rightly point to their record of successfully throwing ISIS back to hell, and all of this could be a total disaster for "box lunch" Joe.