James Mattis Just Bashed Trump For Being A Horrible Leader In Scathing Essay
Donald Trump’s former Secretary of Defense James Mattis released excerpts from his upcoming book “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead” where he pointed out the horrendous leadership skills that Trump possesses.
Mattis shared the excerpt with the Wall Street Journal, which published an essay based on those writings that explain his decision to accept Trump’s offer to lead the Pentagon — and touches on his decision to step down.
“Using every skill I had learned during my decades as a Marine, I did as well as I could for as long as I could,” Mattis wrote. “When my concrete solutions and strategic advice, especially keeping faith with our allies, no longer resonated, it was time to resign, despite the limitless joy I felt serving alongside our troops in defense of our Constitution.”
Mattis took several shots at the president, his domestic leadership and his understanding of the United States’ role in the world.
“Nations with allies thrive, and those without them wither,” he wrote. “Alone, America cannot protect our people and our economy.”
“At this time, we can see storm clouds gathering,” Mattis added. “A polemicist’s role is not sufficient for a leader. A leader must display strategic acumen that incorporates respect for those nations that have stood with us when trouble loomed. Returning to a strategic stance that includes the interests of as many nations as we can make common cause with, we can better deal with this imperfect world we occupy together. Absent this, we will occupy an increasingly lonely position, one that puts us at increasing risk in the world.”
Mattis went on to warn that Trump’s leadership skills have put American democracy in danger.
“Unlike in the past, where we were unified and drew in allies, currently our own commons seems to be breaking apart,” he wrote. “What concerns me most as a military man is not our external adversaries; it is our internal divisiveness. We are dividing into hostile tribes cheering against each other, fueled by emotion and a mutual disdain that jeopardizes our future, instead of rediscovering our common ground and finding solutions.”
“All Americans need to recognize that our democracy is an experiment — and one that can be reversed,” he added. “We all know that we’re better than our current politics. Tribalism must not be allowed to destroy our experiment.”