SecDef James Mattis Resignation Letter

by AuxBeacon News Aggregator | AuxBeacon News

Dear Mr. President:

I have been privileged to serve as our country’s 26th Secretary of Defense which has allowed me to serve alongside our men and women of the Department in defense of our citizens and our ideals.

I am proud of the progress that has been made over the past two years on some of the key goals articulated in our National Defense Strategy: putting the Department on a more sound budgetary footing, improving readiness and lethality in our forces, and reforming the Department’s business practices for greater performance. Our troops continue to provide the capabilities needed to prevail in conflict and sustain strong U.S. global influence.

One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies. Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States should not be the policeman of the world. Instead, we must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances. NATO’s 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongside us following the 9-11 attack on America. The Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations is further proof.

Similarly, I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model – gaining veto authority over other nations’ economic, diplomatic, and security decisions – to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense.

My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues. We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances.

Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position. The end date for my tenure is February 28, 2019, a date that should allow sufficient time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed as well as to make sure the Department’s interests are properly articulated and protected at upcoming events to include Congressional posture hearings and the NATO Defense Ministerial meeting in February. Further, that a full transition to a new Secretary of Defense occurs well in advance of the transition of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September in order to ensure stability Within the Department.

I pledge my full effort to a smooth transition that ensures the needs and interests of the 2.15 million Service Members and 732,079 DoD civilians receive undistracted attention of the Department at all times so that they can fulfill their critical, round-the-clock mission to protect the American people.

I very much appreciate this opportunity to serve the nation and our men and women in uniform.

James N. Mattis

5 Comments on "SecDef James Mattis Resignation Letter"

  1. As a 62-year old loyal Civil Air Patrol member who actually flew aircraft with C designations three times higher than most of you pukes, I can tell you that James Norman Mattis is just another liberal, intellectual egghead with two many books. He had the nerve to require US Marines under his command to read on the history and culture of the people in the regions where they served. He would create these outrageous commander’s reading lists. He even had his Marines deployed in Iraq undergo “cultural sensitivity training”. F___ THAT S___.

    Think about what our President, who you shitheads allow others to attack, said about Jim Mattis. Do you even remember?

    Now “Moderate Dog” is back in the news warning Trump he shouldn’t go to war with Iran? F___ THAT S___

    I don’t know of a single Civil Air Patrol cadet openly voicing their opposition to going to war with Iran, what does that tell you?

  2. See SecAF Heather Wilson Resignation and her anti-gay views. Some higher ups in CAP want her on the board of governor’s. With all the gays in command, she would not be a good fit for us.

  3. Avatar crack-a-reg-sometime | December 23, 2018 at 20:47 | Reply

    The CAP chain ends at the BOG.

  4. CAP member and congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) has boldly [stated] that Trump is making untrue statements.

    [links redacted]

  5. What does RINO egg-head Mattis have to do with Civil Air Patrol?

    [Admin: As a cadet, we learn our chain of command to include the Secretary of Defense. Don’t you, idiot?]

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