December 23, 2018

You don't treat Trump like that.

"Trump, Angry Over Mattis’s Rebuke, Removes Him 2 Months Early" (NYT).
When Mr. Trump first announced that Mr. Mattis was leaving, effective Feb. 28, he praised the defense secretary on Twitter, saying he was retiring “with distinction.” One aide said that although Mr. Trump had already seen the resignation letter when he praised Mr. Mattis, the president did not understand just how forceful a rejection of his strategy Mr. Mattis had issued. The president has grown increasingly angry as the days have passed....

134 comments:

Birkel said...

Mr Trump did not understand = Orange Man (Stupid and) Bad

Trump appoints #2 to take over from #1 means there was an orderly transition.

chuck said...

Zzzzzz.

Kevin said...

Who gave his resignation letter to the media?

If it was Mattis, he deserved to be fired.

Dickin'Bimbos@Home said...

Everyone treats Trump like shit.

Ask late night TV hack-hosts, ask poor Streep-Weistien-Strozk-Hillarywoodlander elites, ask the NYT, ask the house organ for the democratics - the Washington Post, ask the on-air talent at MSDNC, ask the Hillary-Maddow axis of hypocrisy, ask the CNN Lemon is scared and Blitzer is a democratic operative brigade.

Molly said...

(eaglebeak)

McClellan vs Lincoln

McArthur vs Truman

Mattis vs Trump

Each time the general forgets that he doesn't make policy, but only carries it out -- each time the general decides to challenge the President -- the President reminds him: The President sets policy, the President is Commander-in-Chief. The general is one of the commanded, not the commander.

Dickin'Bimbos@Home said...

The military is in the business of war. Just like the Clintons are in the business of fleecing donors from moneyed leftists with promises of riches, power and connections.

Spiros Pappas said...

This resignation letter along with the "Anonymous Op-Ed" are hilarious. So much of the criticism at the New York Times and among politicos and in Twitter and in Hollywood and everywhere else is stupid and delusional. But Mr. Mattis and Anonymous hit it out the park! Heck, I think Mr. Mattis and Anonymous may be the same person.

Char Char Binks said...

Why is Trump being insubordinate to his defense secretary?

Annie C said...

He's called Mad Dog for a reason.

The Vault Dweller said...

Mattis' resignation letter wasn't a complete nothing-burger by any means, but this also isn't the stunning rebuke some imagine. Besides Trump is the elected Commander-in-Chief, it is his prerogative to set military policy. It is the Defense Secretary's obligation to carry that out. If the Defense Secretary doesn't think he could do a good job carrying that out, for whatever reason, he should offer his resignation.

tcrosse said...

Once a Marine, always a Marine, I know. But Mattis is no longer a General. He's a civilian.

hstad said...


Blogger Molly said...
(eaglebeak)
Sorry Molly, your response has one factual error! Mattis was a civilian when fired/resigned. The other examples where generals still in uniform.

Once written, twice... said...
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Once written, twice... said...

In the Althouse Hillbilly world it is never that there is anything wrong with Trump. Instead, it has to be the unprecedented number of people who have parted with him on bad terms. You have to be a kooky true Trump believer to be that dumb. But that is Ann Althouse for you.

langford peel said...

Mad Dog was misrepresented from the beginning. He is part of the Obama military leadership that revels in gays and transgenders in the military. He is against Israel and fought against Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and wants to support the Palestinian state. He supports the same failed neocon policies of the last thirty years. He didn’t need to release his resignation to the press. He did that to embarrass the President.

President Trump is entitled to people who support his goals of ending the endless wars. Who supports the goal of having NATO freeloaders pay what they committed to pay. If Mathis can not agree he can reign and get a gig at CNN.

I predict he gets a big contract there before you know it.

Drago said...

When Mattis continuously pushed back on tne obama admin hacks who were attempting to deliver everything the mullahs wanted, obama fired Mattis without so much as a by your leave.

The media/lefties/LLR's (but I repeat myself) praised obama for doing so. They no doubt thought the firing of Mattis was "magnificent".

Inga...Allie Oop said...

What an petty idiot Trump is, but we already knew that.

Drago said...

Once written, twice: "In the Althouse Hillbilly world it is never that there is anything wrong with Trump. Instead, it has to be the unprecedented number of people who have parted with him on bad terms."

Obama dropped Mattis like a bad habit and fired him without even bothering to call.

There have been an unprecedented number of personnel changes because its difficult to find actual agents of change in the establishment ranks after 60 years of foreign policy and military strategy ossification.

It took the obliteration of the US battleships at Pearl Harbor to finally move away fron the turn of the century ship vs ship thinking in the Navy.

It took a massive degradation in the US air combat kill ratio from Korea to Vietnam to finally shake enough Pentagon morons out of their "missile only" mentality and return emphasis to overall air combat skillset improvement.

It took a fatal hit to the establishment's idiotic conventional war strategy in Vietnam to force them to reinvestgate and emphasize counter-insurgency/guerilla warfare thinking. Ironically, Mattis was younger then and part of the change.

But now, as it was then, a change in thinking in terms of strategy and tactics in the Middle East and elsewhere is long overdue.

As is holding accountable those piece of crap socialist euro-weasel leeches who want to continue spinging 100% of their strategic and most of their tactical defense off the US.

Ironically again, Mattis the future change agent from the 70's is now the agent that needs changing.

Ever hear the phrase "fighting the last war?"

Yeah, there's a reason that saying exists...

Drago said...

Inga: "What an petty idiot Trump is, but we already knew that."

LOL

I'll bet Inga doesnt know that obama fired Mattis!

Sebastian said...

In his letter, Mattis complains about not "respecting" allies.

Which ones?

The German ally who sold out to Putin, with their former chancellor arranging the big gas deal and pipeline?

The French ally who just presumed to lecture the president about "nationalism"?

The Turkish ally who just threatened our ally in Syria?

The Kurdish ally, whose independent existence would require permanent military protection?

All the allies who have been free riding on our protection for, oh, half a century?

langford peel said...

That’s exactly right.

That’s why Trump had to change his strategy for n dealing with Stormy Daniels.

He doesn’t want to be fighting the last whore.

Drago said...

lp: "That’s why Trump had to change his strategy for n dealing with Stormy Daniels.
He doesn’t want to be fighting the last whore."

I may have to use that one.

Sebastian said...

In his letter, Mattis also stresses the need to stand up to bad actors, especially Russia and China.

But who has done more to stand up to China than Trump?

In relation to Russia, Trump has bolstered Poland and Ukraine, canceled the INF deal, killed a bunch of their people in Syria, increased defense spending, and is getting NATO to up its $$. What more would Mattis have us do?

Drago said...

Can you believe that obama was so petty and angry at Mattis for daring to oppose the horrific mullah-empowering Iran deal that obama fired Mattis as head of Central Command without even bothering to tell him first?

I wonder: did Inga approve of obama doing that
LOL

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

You would think the left would be happy. We finally have bipartisan agreement on being less hawkish in our foreign policy. The left should declare victory.

And now Obama fired Mattis for being to hawkish and Mattis resigned because Trump is too dovish.

What next Maddow and Chomski start agitating for undeclared wars against brown people.

Oh right. . .

The left has gone fucking crazy.

Rob said...

Trump also had some kind parting words for McGurk: "Brett McGurk, who I do not know, was appointed by President Obama in 2015. Was supposed to leave in February but he just resigned prior to leaving. Grandstander? The Fake News is making such a big deal about this nothing event!"

When he's right, he's right.

Jack Wayne said...

Anyone who revels in the Mad Dog or Warrior Monk name is a dipshit!

Drago said...

Sebastian: "What more would Mattis have us do?"

Its very clear that the entirety of the establishment foreign and economic policy thinking is that the US should transfer trillions of dollars to other nations and act as the sole global policeman being directed by the global elites without any consideration to what is specifically is in Americas best interest.

From the perspective of these idiot foreign leaders its a total win: America loses in trade imbalances and tariffs forever while tin-pot leaders around the world act in concert with US globalists to put US troops at the worlds disposal.

Who cares how many Americans die? They are deplorables...and expendable.

chickenlittle said...

Sebastian asked...
In his letter, Mattis complains about not "respecting" allies.

Which ones?


I presume that he meant May, not Shall or Will.

eric said...

I've finally figured out why these writers and talking heads are getting increasingly hysterical when it comes to Trump. Going from unnamed sources to 2 unnamed sources, to 18 unnamed sources, etc.

For a very long time now there has been this agreement. Unspoken. The media, polling groups and politicians (Democrats) all work together to influence us. First the media runs stories, "Look at this little girl crying!" and then the media commissions a poll once the crying girl has had her effect, "Polling says everyone agrees with us." and then they start asking the politicians questions, "Why aren't you doing what polling says the people want you to do via our manipulation of their emotions?"

Usually this works. Especially on the intended audience of Republican politicians.

But it's not working on Trump. He just ignores the manipulation. And it's driving them all insane. They can't handle it. This has worked for a long time now. They are important people. Influencial! All of America is manipulated by them on a regular basis. What the hell is wrong with Trump!?

This isn't going to end well.

chickenlittle said...

President Trump is turning D.C. into a hive full of angry Deep Staters. I'm starting to fear for his safety.

Earnest Prole said...

What could possibly go wrong?

Dickin'Bimbos@Home said...

Shall we dig into Maddow's show archives and find the old footage of her dissing Mattis after Obama replaced him?

here's what a leftist has to say about Obama and Mattis:

"Mattis and Obama were on different pages. So Obama replaced him."

The left are calling it "removal" not firing. LOL.

Drago said...

For an interesting comparison to the Trump/Mattis circumstance, see Reagan/Adm Rickover.

The first task Reagan gave incoming Navy Secretary Lehman was to fire Rickover (via the classic Potomac Shuffleif offering Rickover an "up and out" assignment).

Rickover was sitting on top of a 63 year career at that point.

Rickover was a legend and certainly was in my home growing up. Deservedly so.

But it was time for him to move on.

eric said...

Blogger chickenlittle said...
President Trump is turning D.C. into a hive full of angry Deep Staters. I'm starting to fear for his safety.


Just wait until the next SCOTUS goes and he gets to appointment someone else.

He'd better double his security.

Drago said...

I am going to go out on a limb here and guess that Inga, until today, really had no idea that obama had s***-canned Mattis.

Freder Frederson said...

Who gave his resignation letter to the media?

A cabinet secretary's resignation letter is a public document.

Hagar said...

Yeah, but there is public and public.

Unknown said...



Trump = bad is an easy operating principle. Let's not complicate things for her.

anti-de Sitter space said...

Today I saw a sticker on a car’s side window. “Elected a clown, expect a circus”

Michael Fitzgerald said...

"One aide said" = the new "anonymous sources said" = Fake News.

NYT=Democrat party members lying.

n.n said...

So, the Jordanians, Saudis, and Israelis have agreed to cooperate with Russia, and presumably Syria, to share responsibility for the security in their space. This leaves America to openly continue the military operation in Iraq to restore a state before the premature evacuation. There will be no vacuum in Syria, and catastrophic anthropogenic immigration reform will no longer progress with emigration reform carried out by the proximate powers and stakeholders in that region. Libya is still a a "shit show" and Ukraine remains divided since democracy died in a violent western-backed coup to favor National German, French, and other left-wing interests.

Drago said...

anti-de Sitter space: "Today I saw a sticker on a car’s side window. “Elected a clown, expect a circus”

Lefty driver sees lefty bumper sticker on other lefty's car and thinks it's spot on.

Earth-shattering.

Drago said...

Today I read a blog posting by some other random blog poster who wrote "the same lefties that praised obama for firing Mattis now claim that Mattis resigning represents the end of the world to the left".

Totally.

I wonder what other bumper stickers adSs will reference to refute that?!!

LOL

Darrell said...

Today I saw a sticker on a car’s side window. “Elected a clown, expect a circus”

The sticker was dated "2009."

rhhardin said...

Trump is always seething and angry, in the estimation of the left.

The right see him as laying out amusing insults as part of a well regulated political game.

rhhardin said...

Insults are the domestication of violence. Domestication is the best you can get.

Inga...Allie Oop said...

Hahahaha! Your President.


Donald J. Trump
Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
.....Bob Corker was responsible for giving us the horrible Iran Nuclear Deal, which I ended, yet he badmouths me for wanting to bring our young people safely back home. Bob wanted to run and asked for my endorsement. I said NO and the game was over. #MAGA I LOVE TENNESSEE!
2:20 PM · Dec 23, 2018 · Twitter for iPhone

Senator Bob Corker
Senator Bob Corker
@SenBobCorker
Yes, just like Mexico is paying for the wall... #AlertTheDaycareStaff

Lydia said...

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday signaled Trump would allow Mattis to leave gracefully, telling Fox News “this will be orderly process and it will continue to be a good relationship over these next couple of months.”

I almost feel sorry for her.

narciso said...

Re mcguirk, it was striking they left out his fragrance delicto affair with the journal reporter which sank his ambassadorial nomination to iraq

narciso said...

Not too mention his support for pasdaran supported militias and support of the Iran deal

Yancey Ward said...

Well, someone leaked the letter to the media. I will just assume it was Mattis himself.

Drago said...

Let's see what Inga is laughing about (since she can't bring herself to admit that until today she had no idea obama fired Mattis, right Inga? LOL)

"Bob Corker was responsible for giving us the horrible Iran Nuclear Deal," TRUE, Corker remains one of the few people who think handing billions and billions to the mullahs with no checks and an easy pathway to a Nuke was a good idea

"which I ended," TRUE

"yet he badmouths me for wanting to bring our young people safely back home." TRUE

"Bob wanted to run and asked for my endorsement. I said NO and the game was over." Very Very TRUE

LOL

And Bob Corker will now be riding off into the sunset after having been exposed as another of many LLR fake conservatives.

Yancey Ward said...

"A cabinet secretary's resignation letter is a public document."

It can certainly be acquired by FOIA, but that isn't what happened here.

Drago said...

Interesting fact: For Mattis to be named Secretary of Defense in the first place a waiver had to be voted on in the House of Representatives.

151 democrats voted AGAINST issuing that waiver.

The dems were against Mattis (obama fired him)....before they were REALLY against Mattis (wanted to deny a waiver to allow him to serve as SECDEF)....until they were not only FOR Mattis but he was the only in the galaxy who could keep us safe!

Hilarious.

Drago said...

Perhaps Inga, as a lefty dem, could explain to us all precisely when and why Mattis went from being an old school blood thirsty warmonger who should not ever be allowed near a leadership role as SECDEF to the Most Important Voice In All Of Washington Forever And Ever Amen?

LOL

Inga...Allie Oop said...

“Let's see what Inga is laughing about (since she can't bring herself to admit that until today she had no idea obama fired Mattis, right Inga? LOL)”

Wrong, LOL .

chickenlittle said...

Inga just hates Trump. What a way to go through the holidays.

Drago said...

Inga: "Wrong, LOL ."

Perfect.

So did you agree with obama s***-canning Mattis without even calling him first?

LOL

Inga...Allie Oop said...

Drago, as good propagandists do, misstates, misinterprets, mischaracterize, and outright lies when he must.

Yawn.

Drago said...

I don't blame Inga for not answering such a simple question. No matter which way she goes it won't turn out well.

Not that we didn't know that already.

Howard said...

Imo, Syria's just the last strawberry that cracked MD's 20/20 hindsight

madAsHell said...

the president did not understand just how forceful a rejection of his strategy Mr. Mattis had issued. The president has grown increasingly angry as the days have passed....

How can the NYT possibly know this??

anti-de Sitter space said...

Drago,

It was a new Escalade with what looked like 24s. One of my cars came with 22s, but the Caddy’s looked bigger.

I dunno.

Drago said...

madAsHell: "How can the NYT possibly know this??"

Perhaps they hired a writer from Der Spiegel to research it for them?

Drago said...

adSs: "It was a new Escalade with what looked like 24s. One of my cars came with 22s, but the Caddy’s looked bigger."

Everyone knows that bumper stickers on new Escalade's don't count. I read that once on a bumper sticker on a subaru.

Drago said...
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Inga...Allie Oop said...

“Inga just hates Trump. What a way to go through the holidays.”

You seriously think my holiday celebrations and reflections are affected by my opinion of Trump? Just like yours was affected by your hatred of Obama? Good grief, my holiday will be a time for my family and I to celebrate, no one cares beyond mocking Trump at this point.

Drago said...

So Inga, did you or did you not agree with obama when he s***-canned Mattis as CENTCOM?

LOL

Howard said...

It's not like a Dead Head sticker on a Cadillac... Don't look back

anti-de Sitter space said...

In 08 I saw a bho sticker on a new Bentley.

Drago said...

Howard: "It's not like a Dead Head sticker on a Cadillac... Don't look back"

Depending on the year and model of the caddy, that might make sense.

chickenlittle said...

President Trump is turning D.C. into a hive full of angry Deep Staters. I'm starting to fear for his safety.

I've decided that I'm not watching "The Hunger Games" play out while others see "The Handmaid's Tale."
Washington, DC is still like Panem, full of media obsessed with personal wealth, vanity, and status, but President Trump is not President Snow. Uncharted territory here.

Narayanan Subramanian said...

“Elected a clown, expect a circus”

I raise with ...
“Elected a ringmaster, enjoying the show”

Howard said...

The Syrian clerfuffle demonstrated the msm/Dem spin machine still set to klunk

Drago said...

anti-de Sitter space: "In 08 I saw a bho sticker on a new Bentley."

There was about a 55% to 60% probability of that, assuming the Pew research numbers haven't changed much over the last 4 years.

Inga...Allie Oop said...

“So Inga, did you or did you not agree with obama when he s***-canned Mattis as CENTCOM?

LOL”

So Drago, why would you think I’d enter some silly go round with you? I have my two brioches to finish for Christmas brunch.

LOL at you.

Drago said...

Howard: "The Syrian clerfuffle demonstrated the msm/Dem spin machine still set to klunk"

Not really.

It's more a matter of topic and positioning.

When Trump basically delivers what so many on the lib/left/Libertarian front have been advocating for decades and then all those lefties turn around and become the biggest neo-cons this side of Bill Kristol simply to be able to oppose OrangeManBad, the nation sort of squints and says, wait a minute, weren't you the cats that were screaming about ending Middle Eastern wars and getting out of other peoples hair and stop killing people overseas?

The msm/dem spin machine still works fine for those things that are natural democrat advantages and issues.....unless Trump co-opts the issue!! That's what flummoxes them!

Drago said...

Inga courageously runs away.

Sort of the Bowe Bergdahl of the blog.

Again, any answer she gives blows up all her previous posts critical of Trump.

Howard, Inga is a perfect demonstration of what happens to that lefty/msm/dem/LLR spin machine when Trump reverses field on the left/libs.

chickenlittle said...

It's not like a Dead Head sticker on a Cadillac... Don't look back"

A band called the Ataris updated that line to:

"Out on the road today I saw a Black Flag sticker on a Cadillac..."

Could have meant an ISIS sticker...and an Obama voter.

Narayanan Subramanian said...

Blogger Molly said...
(eaglebeak)

McClellan vs Lincoln

McArthur vs Truman

Mattis vs Trump

Each time the general forgets that he doesn't make policy, but only carries it out -- each time the general decides to challenge the President -- the President reminds him: The President sets policy, the President is Commander-in-Chief. The general is one of the commanded, not the commander.

Wasn't Truman carrying out United Nations order rather than USA national interests?

langford peel said...

Corker is in retirement because he couldn’t get reelected without Trumps support. So now he is a courrpt lobbyist while Trump remains President.

How’s that working out for you Bobby.

Inga...Allie Oop said...

Howard, Drago is a perfect example of a Trump Cultist who has this little voice deep inside him saying “It’s over”. He’s putting on a brave face. I almost feel sorry for him.

chickenlittle said...

Wasn't Truman carrying out United Nations order rather than USA national interests?

The UN was just 6 years old back then and hadn't yet become the anti-US basket case that it is today.

narciso said...

interesting, codevilla had an interesting essay that reviewed h w brands book on macarthur vs. Truman, and thought macarthur was in the right, although in retrospect the little haberdasher might have been right about the company

Drago said...

Inga announces its almost over for Trump.

For those keeping track, this is the 816th consecutive day for that assertion.

File it next to "Mueller closing in", "Emoluments!", "Conspiracy To Defraud The US Govt Thru Standard NDA", "Walls Closing In", "OMG The Dossier", "25th Amendment!!!", "Democratic Norms!!", etc.

LOL

rcocean said...

Comey, Flake, Corker, Mattis, McCain, Brennan, and Yates.

What a bunch of idiots and knaves.

Trump has been lucky in having so many arrogant, self-entitled, classless enemies.

Jim at said...

“So Inga, did you or did you not agree with obama when he s***-canned Mattis as CENTCOM?

Answer the fucking question.

narciso said...

I'm not making a parallel to mattis, even though I imagine the left will discover new virtues in macarthur


http://www.claremont.org/crb/article/the-tipping-point/

narciso said...

Harry turtledove has a new series, about what happened if Truman allowed nuclear weapons to be used on the Korean peninsula around 1951,

narciso said...

although his anger was more directed at dulles, he probably would have had objections to gray lynch and William rip Robertson, who would become policy makers, a decade later,

narciso said...

or tony poeshepny, who some people think inspired col kurtz, along with Robert rheault in apocalypse now,

Inga...Allie Oop said...

“Answer the fucking question.”

Who the hell do you think you are? Answer me this, why are you the dumbest Trumpist here on Althouse?

narciso said...

what has been the reigning strategy introduced in tal a far, by McMaster, in mosul by Petraeus and mirabile in Ramadi, comes from this fellow:

https://www.beyondintractability.org/bksum/galula-counterinsurgency

Gospace said...

Mattis disagreed on a major decision and resigned. As he should. President Donald John Trump, a businessman elected to the presidency, is doing something in Syria that he promised to do years ago. Gettingour troops out of there. Politicians And pundits are wallowing in confusion because politicians don't keep promises. Businessmen do. If you perused other parts of the internet you'll discover there's actually been planning being done for the last 2 years for a withdrawal.

There's a part of President Donald John Trump's strategy being ignored, and it has to do with tactics. He doesn't get involved with day to day or hour to hour decisions on what to do at the point of the spear. The military leaders on the ground are empowered to make decisions. Crazy idea, isn't it? Trusting subordinates to do their job without micromanaging them?

BTW, tcrosse, you're wrong. Mattis is a general and always will be one, even filling a civilian billet. Just as I am a Chief Petty Officer and will always be one. As an officer he can be involuntarily called to active duty at any time. As enlisted, it now requires an actual state of war to call me back involuntarily, although if asked nicely I'd go.

Howard said...

So many cucks with so many questions. They really care about Inga. Snivelry isn't dead yet.

mtrobertslaw said...

Didn't someone once give this advice to our future leaders "Beware of Foreign Entanglements."
But golly,I can't remember who that was.

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narciso said...

it's just like eating Chinese food, although I've never thought it that way

https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/12/mattis-to-leave-defense-on-january-1-deputy-defense-secretary-shanahan-to-serve-as-acting-secretary/#more-268900

Michael McNeil said...

Howard, Drago is a perfect example of a Trump Cultist who has this little voice deep inside him saying “It’s over”. He’s putting on a brave face. I almost feel sorry for him.

Ha ha. Inga is a “perfect example of” the exact ideological opposite of the “Trump cultist” of which she dreams — which is actually yet another kind of cultist — a real one not the fake one(s) she constantly projects. (Why does the left project so much? It's so common.)

Moreover, it's telling when the anti-Trump cultists all go absolutely giddy with anticipation whenever the media noise level approaches a scream — without any idea of how one gets from a to b on getting rid of Trump. Remember that Republican Senate majority? That's not going away over the next two years. It's a hard road getting from minority status to a two-thirds majority vote for an impeachment conviction!

But “The End” for Trump is in sight! How many times has that occurred over the more than two years since Trump was elected? Yet, there's no way that Inga would have predicted that she and we would still be here — Trump president and in control of the Executive Office — after all this time; nor that he wouldn't have done such despicable acts by now that he'd obviously be “Hitler” in everyone's eyes.

Yet that hasn't occurred, Inga totally wouldn't have predicted it — but we're supposed to flinch in terror when she oh-so-confidently proclaims yet another howler? Hardly!

Thy track record precedeth you….

Birkel said...

Can I get a few of the Leftist Collectivists to confirm they prefer overseas wars without clear strategic goals and/or victory conditions?

Or is all the yelling because that is all you know to do?

Inga...Allie Oop said...

“Why does the left project so much? It's so common.)”

Wow, I was just wondering why the right, Trumpists in particular, projected so much. Maybe they’re just following their leader’s example.

Birkel said...

Royal ass Inga,
Have you written your elected representatives to demand an authorization of war in Syria?

Ajnal said...

It looks like the professor needs to explain why this was posted, much like someone needed to explain the letter to trump.

Too funny.

FullMoon said...
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JaimeRoberto said...

Nobody puts Trumpy in a corner.

Drago said...

Howard: "So many cucks with so many questions. They really care about Inga. Snivelry isn't dead yet."

The lefties would love to save face here but they are trapped.

They need to be able to lie and say they opposed obama unceremoniously s***-canning Mattis so that fake "consistency" could be used to attack Trump.

Unfortunately, even vague or tangential or incidental criticism of obama of any type has been "pre-ruled" as racist.

Hence Howard and Inga have to keep changing the subject.

Complete self-own, own-goal and self-checkmate.

Not even LLR Chuck can dig you out of this one.

#Sad

Ken B said...

It used to be completely uncontroversial. If a cabinet member disagrees with a policy strongly he resigns. Happens in every democracy, in every cabinet. Now it’s a scandal?

Howard said...

Drago just making shit up now. You the one changing the subject to Obozo. It's understandable when you have to justify slavish devotion to the Cunt in Chief

Inga...Allie Oop said...

Drago, no one gives a shit that Obama fired Mattis. Only you, as a way to whitewash what your Cult Leader is doing. These are different times when even an old war horse like Mattis is preferable over the almost criminal ignorance of a fool like Trump. Mattis is ten fold less dangerous and tenfold more reliable and trustworthy than Trump, no matter WHAT his relationship with Obama was. Trump is no Obama and Trump firing Mattis isn’t comparable to Obama firing him in any way shape or form.

anti-de Sitter space said...

Santa got to Drago early this year.

Stuffed his head full of straw people.

More specifically, non-nonbinary cis straw peeps. As goes w/o sayin'. No ze zir zeros allowed.

Carry on.

Chuck said...

Has anyone used the Althouse “Mattis” tag to look at the posts, and especially the comments— many of the same commenters on this page — congratulating Trump on what a great pick Mattis was?

So help me God, you cultists are going to need an intervention in the end.

Drago said...

All the usual suspects popping in at once to deny reality.

Obama fired Mattis and the left/LLR's cheered because it helped clear the deck for the Great Iran/Mullah Suck Up Deal.

151 democrats voted, on the record, against the waiver for Mattis to serve as Secretary of Defense, because he was supposedly a bad choice.

And now Mattis is out and the lefties and their trained LLR Lap Poodles wail and moan that all is lost!

LOL

So help me God, you anti-Trump cultists are going to need an intervention in the end.

Poor LLR Chuck, even now, is probably wringing his little hands in front of his In-Home Durbin Shrine while cuddling with his Maddow blowup doll!

anti-de Sitter space said...

BTW, re the title of this post, Althouse is absolutely correct.

You (meaning all of us who read the post title) don't treat Trump like that.

Mattis is not like us. He did treat Trump like he did treat Trump.

anti-de Sitter space said...

We don't treat Trump in any way.

Drago said...

LLR Chuck is still feeling the burn from hus Goddess Leader Pelosi getting schooled schooled SCHOOLED by Trump after the wall funding passed the House.

LOL

Oh how our Intrepid LLR Shmuck Chuck went to town for his gal pal Nancy!! And then to be blown out of the water just 48 hours later! Thats gonna leave a mark, eh Chuckie?!

Not to worry Chuck. There are lots and lots more children of conservative politicians you can target to get you over your Pelosi Grief.

We all wish you well....

anti-de Sitter space said...

Anywho, no more generals left re the plan that one of them would always stay in the country to stop Trump from going nuts.

F-ing moron is as F-ing moron does.

narciso said...

He had some good moves, but in the end the no of provinces under Taliban control increased over the last two years. The peoples militias were further entrenched in iraq under pasdaran control.

Drago said...

AdSs seems very well versed on various US strategies and the corresponding generals who advocate for those strategies....

.....

..... LOL....not really. Obviously.

Though I am fairly certain adSs has caught 1 or 2 GoArmy commercials over the years.

So there is that.

anti-de Sitter space said...

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/344759-mattis-kelly-agreed-that-one-would-always-stay-in-us-to-keep-tabs-on

Drago said...

gee, I trust everything the MSM feeds me.

Plus, everything I read in Der Spiegel.

LOL

Drago said...

With Mattis out and Kelley headed that way, our only hope will be to recruit theleaders of antifa. After all, the lefties/LLR's assure me that those guys are EXACTLY like the heroes that stormed Normandy.

And those lefties and LLR's were not joking....

Chuck said...

Nobody— certainly not me — doubts that the President must have a SecDef who will reflect administration policy.

But many people— including me — believe that as a matter of judgment, and based on Mattis’ lifetime of service, a dazzling record of achievement in the military, and a reputation for nothing less than personal honor and integrity, Mattis knows better than Trump. Trump; who lied his way through the Vietnam era, lied his way through New York City, lied his way into the White House and whose motivation now for a Syrian pullout is more about the news cycle and politics than the lives of Americans in the military.

The James Mattis book ought to be interesting.

FIDO said...

It is amazing how horrible a person's character and intelligence is in 'ChuckWorld' when they agree to work with Trump


...and yet how suddenly incredibly intelligent they become in 'ChuckWorld' when they insult, disparage, or leave Trump's service.

Now objectively, an outside observer would note some inconsistency.

Narayanan Subramanian said...

Hello Chuck *Mattis knows better than Trump. *
I'm reading elsewhere that Mattis asked his aide to run off copies of his resignation letter to be "airdropped" over DC.

Narayanan Subramanian said...

To clarify for Chuck ...
"airdropped" = tossed out of open window from Pentagon.
To be clear ... I don't know if windows can open.
You get me there. I leave research to you.

Hyphenated American said...

Liberals: Trump is a crazy, fascist dictator, who will start wars...


President Trump withdraws US troops from Syria, Afghanistan.

Liberals: Trump is a crazy, fascist dictator who does not want to fight wars.

Weird.

Hyphenated American said...

“Drago, no one gives a shit that Obama fired Mattis. “

It was important though... Obama the Stupid was illegally funding the Iranian mad mullahs with US taxpayer money, and general Mattis asked him what was his plan. Obana the Stupid got angry and fired him.

Narayanan Subramanian said...


Blogger chickenlittle said...
The UN was just 6 years old back then and hadn't yet become the anti-US basket case that it is today

Ah, but not so the case with the Democratic party had become one such.
The rot has been bipartisan.
Here's some history for roots of this development.
http://www.claremont.org/crb/article/the-tipping-point/

Jim at said...

Trump is no Obama and Trump firing Mattis isn’t comparable to Obama firing him in any way shape or form.

On this one point, you're correct.

Obama dumped Mattis because Mattis was the fly in the ointment when it came to Obama giving aid and comfort to our enemies in Iran.

Trump is dumping Mattis because he's the fly in the ointment when it comes to Trump wanting US troops out of Syria.

There is no comparison. But you're too stupid to realize just how bad it makes you look.

traditionalguy said...

And Trump laughed.

Rusty said...

jesus, Chuck, just shut up.
You're an embarrassment.
Merry Christmas

Bob Loblaw said...

How does the NYT know Trump is "increasingly angry"? Did they get that from Claas Relotius?

Kirk Parker said...

https://althouse.blogspot.com/2018/12/you-dont-treat-trump-like-that.html?showComment=1545621417809#c1959835452930379419

Wow, Inga @ 12/23 9:16pm gives as clear an enunciation of "it's different when we do it" as I've ever seen.