By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) He may not have agreed with his former boss’ management style or all of his foreign policy decisions, but retired Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis was not in any mood to throw President Donald Trump under the bus to satisfy a political-media agenda during an appearance onÂ MSNBC this weekend.
In an interview withÂ NBC News‘ Andrea Mitchell, Mattis was asked about the strength of U.S. military and diplomatic alliances under President Trump and, more to the point, just how far they had deteriorated under the current administration.
It was a premise that Mattis did not accept from the outset.
Mitchell proceeded to quote a segment of Mattis’ new book, “Call Sign: Chaos,” that criticized the Obama administration, including former VP and 2020 Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden for leaving the Middle East in disarray” and “our friends confused.”
The NBC News hack asked, “Aren’t we at risk of making the same mistake if we withdraw from Afghanistan as the president has ordered by the end of what he says the first term?”
Mattis proceeded to note that during his long tenure as a flag officer with the military he often operated in a “strategy-free environment” that crossed party lines.
She then asked if U.S. military and diplomatic alliances were weaker today than before Mattis came into the office of the defense secretary in early 2017, to which he replied, “I don’t think I can quantify that.”
“NATO is actually stronger today,” Mattis continued with a statement that is 180 degrees at odds with most Democrats and Left-leaning analysts.
“Now, there are political tensions. Those tensions have always been there in NATO where the American presidentsâ€”I remember all the way back to President Clinton when I became aware of this issueâ€”President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, all saying the same thing President Trump is. You’ve got to pay more.”
Since before he defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016, Trump insisted he would push NATO countries to contribute more to their own defense, and he has continued to do so since taking office.
Later, Mattis brushed away questions about the resurgence of the Islamic State and the Trump administration’s reallocation of military funding toward border wall construction, which frustrated Mitchell, theÂ Washington Free Beacon reported.
“Aren’t you creating a new problem when you spend money, billions of dollars to build a wall that arguably isn’t needed to fulfill a campaign promise and take money away from daycare for military families?” Mitchell asked.
Mattis repeated that he left the administration over “policy differences,” and also that he preferred to maintain a “period of silence” regarding current administration policies.
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