10 Things You Didn't Know About Jim Mattis from His New Memoir 'Call Sign Chaos'
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    10 Things You Didn't Know About Jim Mattis from His New Memoir 'Call Sign Chaos'

    Sounds like a book I'm going to have to get! Here's two of the points from the article:

    8. He often found Obama's foreign policy harmful and dangerous.Mattis spent three years at CENTCOM and said the U.S. policy decisions during that time only made the turmoil in the region worse. He expresses dismay at the Obama administration's insistence on pulling out of Iraq -- "like watching a car wreck in slow motion" -- and laments that his military advice on the matter fell on deaf ears. But Mattis saved his sternest rebukes for his depiction of Obama's decision not to strike back at Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, a choice that he says still haunts us today in the form of bolder enemies and more timid allies. "It was a shot not heard around the world," he writes.
    9. That said, Mattis refused to accept criticism of the president from foreign leaders.
    He did not even allow silence to signal his agreement with criticism of the administration, he wrote, and would speak out to make clear that his loyalty to his president was "absolute." That continued, he noted, until he received an "unauthorized phone call" in December 2012 tipping him off to the fact that he was being removed from his post. As CENTCOM commander, he said he frequently didn't know what he was expected to accomplish, and lamented the disarray he left behind, but maintains he carried out every order to the best of his ability.
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    I'll have to read this as well. Always respected the Gen Mattis more than anyone else; a true leader.
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    This book would be all over the headlines if he criticized Trump.

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