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Mattis Resignation Not To Be Feared

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The resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis, a former four-star Marine Corps general and Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander was treated like the end of the world by the Washington, DC defense establishment and those on the Left eager to find another club with which to beat President Trump.

Mattis, a doughty old warrior whose politically incorrect aphorisms and prestige as a fighting field commander lent gravitas to a Trump administration that seemed somewhat thin on national security credentials when Trump took office.

However, saying the Taliban were “fun to shoot” and responding to CBS host John Dickerson’s question "What keeps you awake at night?" with "Nothing. I keep other people awake at night," does not make General Mattis a conservative.

Nor did Mattis’s role in founding the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning, a training academy for marine officers and senior enlisted personnel, to instill cultural awareness and language skills and teach the “hearts and minds” approach to counterinsurgency operations make him a successful leader in the war Islam has declared on the West.

Indeed, Mattis’s approach to counterinsurgency operations was very much of a piece with that of the Obama administration, and far from being a change agent at the Pentagon – on both the military operations side and the military culture side – Mattis was more a stabilizing figure who continued the patterns established during the Obama years.

On the military culture side Mattis slow walked all of President Trump’s orders to reverse the politically correct policies of the Obama administration: Christian chaplains are still being harassed, open homosexuality is still being accepted, even as its detrimental effects on unit cohesion have been demonstrated, gay “liberation” type events are still being held at military facilities, many of the Obama gay-lib advocates are still in place at the Pentagon and undeployable transgender individuals are still being recruited, even as the need for deployable “tip of the spear” fighters has not diminished.

But it is on the military approach to the war Islam has declared on the West that General Mattis most disappointed.

The Obama administration effectively purged from our military doctrine all teaching about the military goals of Islam, its doctrine of worldwide conquest and its teachings about how to accomplish that conquest.

Mattis, as far as we can tell, continued the Obama-era policy of scrubbing any mention of Islam as the motivating force behind the war in Afghanistan and in the Syria-Iraq theater of operations.

And he seemed to readily buy the idea that some kind of negotiated settlement with Afghanistan’s Taliban could be reached.

Secretary Mattis' was the first senior administration official to go the Afghanistan after the Afghan government announced on February 28, 2017 it would be willing to recognize the Taliban as a legitimate political party as part of a potential ceasefire agreement with the Islamist militant group.

It is clear to anyone with a modicum of knowledge about Islam and its doctrine of Sharia supremacy that the Taliban in Afghanistan and ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and its offshoots elsewhere around the world, do not desire any kind of “peace” except the peace of the Ummah – the peace of the worldwide reign of Islam.

That is what they are fighting for, not the governance of some piece of Godforsaken territory in Afghanistan or the Near East, and certainly not to join a coalition government with Kafir (non-believers) and those they consider to be apostates.

Back in the summer of 2017 President Trump told reporters before a White House lunch, “I want to find out why we’ve been there [Afghanistan] for 17 years.”

A conservative Secretary of Defense would have been able to forthrightly tell the President that the reason we’ve been in Afghanistan for 17 years is because we have failed to offer an alternative worldview and defeat the enemy’s motivating ideology – militant Islam.

As far as we can tell, as Secretary of Defense James Mattis never did that, nor did he appear to recognize that it was necessary to do so.

As a warrior and patriot General James Mattis deserves our respect and appreciation for his many years of service to our country, but as Secretary of Defense his departure is not to be feared, and should be viewed as an opportunity to undo the remaining vestiges of Obama’s damaging influence on our military culture and to chart a new course in the war Islam has declared on the West that will attack not just the Muslim fighters, but the Islamic ideology that motivates them.

George Rasley is editor of Richard Viguerie's and is a veteran of over 300 political campaigns. A member of American MENSA, he served on the staff of Vice President Dan Quayle, as Director of Policy and Communication for then-Congressman Adam Putnam (FL-12) then Vice Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and as spokesman for Rep. Mac Thornberry now-Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

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