US defense secretary resigns over treatment of allies

Here is the letter from Jim Mattis:

Speaks for itself.

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    • DJT’s dad built up thousands of apartments in NYC, and he left Trump 200 million dollars. But Trump was not very good at business. He tried many things, Trump Casinos, which went bankrupt, Trump University, which he got sued for and settled for 20 million, Vodkas, Steaks, Ties, a football league, Trump board games, and many other oddball twists and turns on the way to his bankruptcy.

      He owed many millions to the banks, and then he stiffed them.

      Finally no one would loan him any more money, so he met with the Russian Oligarchs, who had recently ripped off billions from the collapsed Soviet Union, and were looking to launder the money in the US. So Trump accepted the money, while agreeing to launder it. The Russians used him as an asset, with eyes to getting him into politics. And thats what they did.

      And now he’s the POTUS. And that’s really all there is to it.

      Trump declared bankruptcy 6 times – yes 6 times. One time he was $3.4B in debt! After all his bankruptcies, and bad business deals, the Russians bailed him out by laundering the money they ripped off from the Russian people by buying Trump properties all around the world.

      He turned to Deutsche Bank because no one else would lend him a nickel. DB is the same bank fined over $600M in 2017 for laundering $10B in Russian money. Why do you think he won’t release his tax returns after saying he would repeatedly?

      Along the way he made business associates with various mafia members, including Felix Sater, a Russian mafia character, Joey No Socks (Cinque) who was seen at Mar a Lago, and other convicted murderers and criminals. Its not a secret that Trump is all “mobbed up”, everybody knows it. Easy money is all he could get, money the hard way, like his daddy left him, he’s no good at. Thats what led him into the Russian collusion, it was easy money, for the taking.

      And along the way, its worth noting, that he ripped off a lot of hard working honest people. He learned to con them. He became good at conning unsuspecting people. He became a con man. So the Americans who were conned into voting for the guy, should not feel bad, at least it only cost them the presidency. He’s taken a lot of people for their life’s savings. Lots of people lost many millions of dollars to this guy. He’s a good con man, that’s probably the only thing he’s good at.

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      Ego, those guys have an ego problem.

      Same thing happened to Pablo Escobar. He was the worlds most successful criminal, tens of billions of dollars.

      And then he ran for office.

      And the next thing he knew, he was killed, shoeless on the roof of a cheap apartment building.

      Kind of funny when you think about it.

    • In a rambling speech today, Mr Putin thanked Trump for the decision to pull out. (Fact)

      He also added: “We vill keep de peepee tape in the safe, Mr Trump. No need to vorry” (Fact?)

    • FiftiesFibroShack

      Iโ€™d bail too. The USS Trump is taking on water.

      But despite what I think of him, Mattis was the last competent person in the administration. RIP.

  1. Throwing Northern Syria away was an epic own goal, with absolutely zero geo-political gain. US forces were in no danger, they were simply a trip-wire force to prevent mad dog Erdogan invading, allowing the Kurds to finish off ISIS and for peace to settle in. Turkey was unreliable before, and they’re not any better after this decision; they’ll invade otherwise peaceful Kurdish lands in no time at all. Behind the scenes Israel will be gnashing their teeth. Feel sorry for the Kurds, thrown under a bus by the Yanks… yet again.

    • the current screwing over of the Kurds goes back to the 70’s. Nothing new here. Not the US responsibility – look at the [now] EU and their actions and omissions at Versailles …..

      • No, not new. It is however the US’s responsibility; blaming a treaty from 100 years ago can only get you so far. They’ve had ample opportunity to fix it, as recently as this soon to be clusterfark in Northern Syria.

      • “Screwing the Kurd” goes back well over 100 year, starting when Great Britain promised but never delivered an independent country for them if they rise up against the Ottoman Empire. Since then, they have been betrayed over and over again.

      • The original George Bush left the poor Kurds to hang out to dry after the first (Kuwait) gulf war. Now Trump’s giving Erdogan a free pass to attack them. Got to feel sorry for the Kurds, betrayed by a US president again.

    • I see there is talk that the Kurds intend to release several thousand ISIS prisoners seeing the yanks no longer have their back. I’m not sure whether those freed ISIS fighters will be like rabid dogs and start attacking the Kurds or not but it would surely destablise things again locally regionally and more broadly (not sure how many of those prisoners are foreigners). Is it known that this decision was the one that caused Mattis to resign or is it just conjecture?

    • The winner of of this move is Putin. Donny is giving Putin what he wants by withdrawing from Syria.
      Maybe Donny senses that he is on the way out and is trying to make Putin happy enough to give him that 19% of Rosnoft….

      • @gramus
        Not at all. Trump has installed extreme sanctions on Russia and constantly adds, and hunts down those who break them. This has devastated the agricultural sector in France for one, and severely dismissed Eu trade with Russia which has strongly weakened the Eu economically. Trumps sanctions on individuals eg in relation to Rusall the aluminium producer has hurt everywhere and hunted the man right down. There have been 21 high level Russians ..UN diplomats and energy …that man involved a plane crash killing 160 people .. who have died by assasination and other. The big issue is, bullying and hegemony only goes so far when an empire is collapsing. The sanctionshave forced the need to de dollarise. Trump, or Donny, has only harmed Russia.
        Donny as you call him, was saved by Russian jewish oligarch money stripped out in the 1990s when 85% or Russian wealth was stolen. That money laundering for oligarchs and Russian mafia under his mentor, Roy Cohen, canโ€™t be attributed to help from russian govt or Putin. The filth. like Bill Browder go on..
        The hatred of Putin is due to his stopping , by changing the law, the milking of the Russian peasant cow forever.
        The hatred of Iran is not just for Israel, but because Iran catches 85% of heroin busts worldwide. Ie Iran is in the way of transit of afghananistan heroin trad.

      • @gramus
        Not at all. Trump has installed extreme sanctions on Russia and constantly adds, and hunts down those who break them. This has devastated the agricultural sector in France for one, and severely dismissed Eu trade with Russia which has strongly weakened the Eu economically. Trumps sanctions on individuals eg in relation to Rusall the aluminium producer has hurt everywhere and hunted the man right down. There have been 21 high level Russians ..UN diplomas energy …that man involved a plane crash killing 160 people .. who have died by assasination and other. The big issue is, bullying and hegemony only goes so far when an empire is collapsing. The sanctionshave forced the need to de depolarise. Trump, or Donny, has only harmed Russia.
        Donny as you call him, was saved by Russian jewish oligarch monkeys stripped out in the 1990s when 85% or Russian wealth was stolen. That money laundering for oligarchs and Russian mafia under his mentor, Roy Cohen, canโ€™t be attributed to help from russian govt or Putin. The filth. like Bill Browder go on..
        The hatred of Putin is due to his stopping , by changing the law, the milking of the Russian peasant cow forever.
        The hatred of Iran is not just for Israel, but because Iran catches 85% of heroin busts worldwide. Ie Iran is in the way of transit of afghananistan heroin trad.

    • They are not Kurdish lands. The Kurds in Syria were refugees and they were taken in. The Turkish YPG are the SDF mostly. The USA funded and trained the 70 nationalities at one time in Syria attempting to overthrow the elected govt. it worked in Libya. In among were offical military like from France whomis lurking trading white helmets in chemical warfare and fitted the chlorine loaded shells fired on Aleppo recently, putting 100 people to medical care and some longer hospitalisation. . Others were our brave RAAF who bombed 200 syrian Arab army fighting for their country and democratically elected govt, 60 or 70 died outright, the rest wounded. Bombs blow off limbs. The SAA had Isis etc on the run and were defeating them in southern Syria when this took place. Our RAAF was defending ISIS.
      After the USA floated the idea of a Kurdish/YPG barrier along turkey, which was met by turkey with rage, USA dumped them. Then they were in negotiation with Assad, Syria refuses to chop of parts of Syria for them, either they are syrian Kurds or enemy. Then USA came back and seduced them, and the SDF killed SAA in retaliation for syrians blocking Americans at a checkpoint…. the Kurds have no rights other than by reconciliation with Syria.
      Assad has been buying oils from them before the USA came back strong, thousands of tankers of oil are leaving Syrian land under USA control, to turkey and Iraq. This opis stolen from Syria. Assad has said and his people strongly support him, including those returned under reconciliation, that Syria will be syrian in every single part.
      Kurds are but one minority in among Christians and all else in Syria.

      • Spot on Glo – you speak the truth as we know it. Excellent summary. Shame on Australia for our role over there.
        Basically an excuse to give Australian pilots some practice in Killing. Same for SAS when they join a USA invasion!

      • “Those are not Kurdish land”, even though Kurds have been living there since the Ottoman Empire?

    • Syria belongs to syrians. It is not a geopolitical toy for advantage. There are millions of syrians in refugee camps…pushed out by the influx of mercenaries and govt militaries, 50 or 60,000 trapped under devastating conditions in el Rukden within the el tanf region held by USA on Jordan border. USA has not allowed the UN in or syria to help them, nor allowed the refugees to leave. There are millions of syrians in Jordan and Lebanon waiting to come back, Syria is working to fix USA and mercenary free areas so syrians can come home. They want them back.

    • @Brenton
      The USA has always betrayed Allies – they’d do it to Australia in the blink of an eye – If it suited them. They’ve betrayed the Kurds many times in the past – using them & then abandoning them. The Kurds will be OK this time – I don’t think Russia will let Turkey have it’s own way any longer. It’s Syrian territory & likely to stay that way as it should be.
      Those F&%$s ( USA ) shouldn’t even be in Syria! Under UN Law they are illegally on Syrian territory. They weren’t invited but they’re there for Israel’s benefit & were actually aiding, supporting & arming ALL the various Terrorist groups. Total a/holes.

      Trump pulling out is one of the only decent things he’s done -that’s why the Deep State is spewing bile.
      Mattis – the subject of this article is part of the Deep State like 99% of those wankers. Great to see the a$$ end of him.

    • Glo has it right. Those are not Kurdish lands, they’re Syrian, opened up to Kurdish refugees. The Kurds saw an opportunity for a land-grab when the Syrian government was at its weakest and went for it, with US & NATO support. Take away the western support and they’ll be back to negotiating with the Syrian government for protection against the Turks, which is exactly what they had before. No change. That Syria holds off a little while and lets the Turks deliver a little beating is hardly a surprise, given the betrayal, but in the end they’ll negotiate.

  2. Mattis is part of the ‘old order’. The EU, Japan, Korea & (to a slightly less extent) Taiwan have all been dodging their responsibility to pay for their share of the US protective security system. As is also the case for the countries of SEA. We have distinguished ourselves by ready involvement in every misguided military venture since Korea.

    Trump was elected, partially, on the promise to get out of the ‘spreading democracy’ business. Getting out of Syria is overdue, just as the US (and us) should get out of Afghanistan. Iraq will take longer, but the sooner the better.

    The US cannot afford, and should not try to be, the ‘world’s policeman’ ….

    • A skeleton crew of US boots on the ground gave them completely secure territory in an otherwise geo-politically hostile region. All they had to do was continue to provide political protection to the Kurds and they would handle action on the ground. Absolutely mind boggling stupid to pull out of Syria. It allows hostile powers to consolidate influence that will invariably lead to future costs in Western personnel and resources. Not only that, they’ve pissed off a regional militia capable of acting in 4 different countries; namely Syria, Iraq and…. Iran.

      It’s why you’re seeing, mere days after this half-assed announcement from Trump, that the SoD is resigning.

      • lol check out all the Sputnik trolls. “I feel sorry for the Kurds, but it’s not their lands (actually their lands) and they should just go back to being happily oppressed.” The cracker was the muppet spruiking on about the Syrian Arab Republic, aka Assad’s multi generation regime of oppression, being a beacon of rights and inclusion; they literally didn’t allow Kurds to have citizenship lol.

        So much BS floating about in this thread. Shills and misinformation abounds.

  3. Interesting. He refers to NATO and implies neglect. For Australia, our interest is Five Eyes, which operates inter-agency not politically, and I see as being as robust as ever.

    Is he a neocon? I see him as more a hard working, colourless conservative, ex-Marine General and all that. Defence would have been thrilled to have him lead.

    • Trump blindsided the Pentagon with Syria. He blindsided allies active in the region: France, Britain and Israel. It is no coincidence this is happening in the same timeframe as the Syria Captain’s call.

      • He would be acting on advice.

        Bwaaaaaaahahhahahahaha! Thanks for my first big laugh of the day! ๐Ÿ˜‚

        Everyone knows that dโ†‘ckhead does not take advice

  4. – The straw that broke the back of the camel (called Mattis) was Trump’s announcement that the US was going to withdraw all US troops from Syria. And a reduction of US troops could be followed by a reduction of the US military “defense” budget and that’s the last thing the Pentagon wants.
    – With the resignation of Mattis the influence of more radical people like John Bolton and Michael Pompeo will become (much) larger. In that regard, everyone around the world should “fasten their seatbelts”. There willl be much more (military )tensions in regions like the Korean penisula, the South China Sea, Russia, Ukraine and the Persian Gulf.
    – There is a GOOD website that is able to cut through all the froth/B.S./chatter:
    https://www.moonofalabama.org/

    • – I wouldn’t be surprised that people like John Bolton and Pompeo have convinced Trump to withdraw troops from Syria in order to put Mattis under (more) pressure. And the removal of Mattis was precisely THE PLAN of Bolton & Pompeo. Then they can step up hostilities in the Middle East, Russia, Korea and China. Bolton is one of the hawkish warmongers in Washington DC.
      – Just watch what US “defense” stocks do in the wake of this resignation. Could be VERY revealing.

    • the influence of more radical people like John Bolton and Michael Pompeo will become (much) larger.

      Your own link says they were unable to influence him on the Syrian pullout decision, which they opposed. So your argument is crap. Trump does what he wants to do, and a lot of it is dictated by kompromat (see above)

      • – “Moon Of Alabama” hasn’t published the news that Mattis resigned. But based on SEVERAL sources it’s clear that Mattis was “the adult in the room”. Now with Mattis, Kelly and McMasters gone the “Lunatics have taken over the asylum”.

      • The Lunatic in Chief runs the asylum, and he does not take advice. But his decisions are not as crazy as you think …. someone is benefitting. ๐Ÿ’ก

    • Q is better than alabama moon. X22 report SGT report also talk about the people not what deep staters think is important.

  5. WOW i read the comment section and theres russia crap infesting this place too

    old cobweb brained boomers who cant get over the cold war whinging about the RUSSIANS at every given opportunity

  6. Is this post just a sly MB neocon bait? Certainly it seems to be working if that was the intent…

    It’s quite rich arguing for the US troops to stay in Syria to keep fighting ISIS, after the CIA directly and indirectly aided various Al-Qaeda Takfiri headchoppers and at best turning a blind eye to ISIS during its formation while it was heavily funded by the West favourite ‘allies’ in the Gulf. It’s also very interesting how ISIS kept going from strength to strength well after the coalition bombardment started, until finally the evil Ruskies got involved and managed to perform 100 sorties a day.

    As for the Kurds, I do pity them but they obviously learnt nothing from history. They were forgettable collateral damage when Saddam gassed them (while he was still a useful asset against Iran), then they were screwed again in the 90s by the mass-murderer-now-rehabilitated-cuddly Bush 41. Third time around the Kuds decided to trust the US… and now they’d better make a deal fast with Assad or they shall be royally screwed by the Turks.

    • @GL — Spot on – – I think most readers here don’t believe the MSM hype re this A/H resigning. Click bait – probably.
      Most understand that the USA needs an enemy to keep the Industrial War machine going.
      Well they have plenty of forced enemies now – and they will pay the price. About time & bring it on.

  7. The White House is no longer listening to foggy bottom or the pentagon. This is a dangerous move which may see the Kurds wiped out and the Middle East which is dangerous at the best of times even worst.

  8. US military spending is out of control while the domestic situation decays socially, culturally, spiritually, economically, financially and environmentally. Real Roman Empire stuff. Either they can wind it down slowly and gently, or it’ll wind itself down shockingly fast later.

    Mattis is just another neocon, growing fat off the MIC at the expense of everyone else, vigilantly keeping the wheels straight driving on the road to nowhere. Seeya.

      • let’s hope that’s what happens, and that the military don’t feel that they have to save the country from a period of immorality, lawlessness and Lack of Direction.

  9. So who exactly are America’s allies at this point? Europe and the UK, both of whom will be majority-Muslim within the next 30 years? Australia, which is doing its best to become another province of China within the same timeframe? Or maybe Canada, which is run by an ultra-left globalist who wants to remove any ties that the country has with its European Christian foundations.

    Trump has an innate ability to read the tea leaves on these things – he is absolutely right to want to turn inwards and let the rest of the world sort out its own problems. America is the one country on the planet that has the natural resources and domestic markets to be able to survive more than adequately by itself for the next 100+ years without having to rely on the rest of the world for anything.