With all due respect to the military career and achievements of General James Mattis, General Colin Powell had a distinguished military career as well and he was either wrong or deliberately misled the world in 2003 in the United Nations. Former Secretary of State Powell told the Security Council and the world that Iraq had WMDs and was moving them around the desert to keep them hidden. As it turns out, America went to war, took Iraq, had access to the entire country and verified there were no WMD’s. We had attacked on a false pretext.
Forgive us for being a little skeptical, particularly when there is a refusal on the part of the planning generals to allow independent third party verification by the UN of their claims it was Assad and not the butchers of ISIS who gassed the innocent Syrians. We had to attack immediately and it required the destruction of the planes that supposedly carried the agent so that no forensic examination would be possible. We were in a hurry then and we seem to be in an awful hurry still. What’s wrong with a little investigation to make sure we’re not being led astray by somebody with a hidden agenda?
In what was described as a media briefing, Secretary of Defense Mattis and CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel made the official pitch for continuing on what many increasingly fear is a dangerous path to a major war.
Secretary Mattis assured those in attendance in the Tuesday briefing that the escalating tensions between the United States and Russia will not “spiral out of control” following last week’s cruise missile strikes, describing it as a “one-off” response to their use of chemical weapons.
He said, “I’m confident the Russians will act in their own best interest and there is nothing in their best interest to say they want this situation to go out of control.” He told those in attendance that President Trump had only authorized a single strike, that the military would have to obtain approval from President Trump if another strike were to be launched.
Mattis attempted to downplay concerns over mission creep, saying we are still focused on fighting ISIS in Syria and desirous of not becoming mired in the Syria civil war. He said, “The rest of the campaign stays on track exactly as it was before Assad’s violation.” That may be what he would like to see or have us see, but it’s changed significantly, we’ve taken military action against the nation in which we are engaged. To say nothing has changed is incredible.
He’s also repeatedly warned Syria that we are ready to act again and they would “pay a very, very stiff price.” Clearly the position and attitude of the Assad government as well as Russia is also no longer “on track exactly.”
When questioned by reporters as to a Russian role, Secretary Mattis replied, “It was very clear that the Assad regime planned it, orchestrated it and executed it and beyond that we can’t say right now. We know what I just told you, we don’t know anything beyond that.”
We’ve been told, it’s our jobs now to simply accept it at face value, and ask no questions, like good little boys and girls. Sorry, Secretary Mattis, and no disrespect is intended, but we’re Americans just like you, with families and children who deserve a future. We have a right to know why suddenly we’re on the verge of getting into a major, perhaps world war. We deserve more than “because I said so.” We’d like to see the objective proof. Colin Powell was convincing too.
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