So why did former secretary of defense James Mattis leave the Trump Administration? According to CNN, “In his first television interview about his resignation, former Secretary of Defense James Mattis explained that he reached his breaking point with the Trump administration after the President decided to withdraw US troops from war-torn Syria.”
In particular, Mattis said that he wanted to prevent Syria from sliding into the war-torn chaos that attended our departure from Iraq.
Trump could have listened. But, of course, having neither military experience, nor even an academic understanding of war, he didn’t.
Let’s hope we all don’t end up paying for Trump’s arrogance and stupidity.