It is being reported that former Defense Secretary James Mattis heavily criticizes Barack Obama and Joe Biden for their failure to take ISIS seriously, giving them the ability to gain power and members in Iraq in his new book.
Mattis stated that his new book, “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead,” is not a tell-all about disagreements he had with President Trump. Mattis did not go into detail, but he did state that their relationship was not “tense”.
James Mattis does not want to be a distraction by critiquing policy “from the sidelines” and would rather speak about the time he spent as head of U.S. Central Command from 2010-2013 as Obama withdrew troops from Iraq without a strategy that prohibited the growth of ISIS in any way.
Fox News reported on James Mattis’ appearance on “Fox & Friends”.
Mattis wrote that Obama’s tenure “was to be a time when I would witness duty and deceit, courage and cowardice, and, ultimately, strategic frustration.”…
“Prime Minister Maliki is highly untrustworthy, Mr. Vice President,” Mattis said he warned Biden. “He’s devious when he talks to us. … He looks at our ambassadors and military advisers as impediments to his anti-Sunni agenda. He wants to purge or marginalize Sunnis and Kurds from the government.”
Mattis wrote that “Vice President Biden and his assistants listened politely. But as we spoke, I sensed I was making no headway in convincing the administration officials not to support Maliki. It was like talking to people who lived in wooden houses but saw no need for a fire department. … I found him an admirable and amiable man. But he was past the point where he was willing to entertain a ‘good idea.’ He didn’t want to hear more; he wanted our forces out of Iraq. Whatever path led there fastest, he favored.
“He exuded the confidence of a man whose mind was made up, perhaps even indifferent to considering the consequences were he judging the situation incorrectly,” Mattis concluded.
According to Mattis, Biden countered that “Maliki wants us to stick around, because he does not see a future in Iraq otherwise. I’ll bet you my vice presidency.”
Afterward, Mattis said, “Iraq slipped back into escalating violence. It was like watching a car wreck in slow motion. … All of this was predicted — and preventable.”
In 2016, faced with the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the Iraq power vacuum that he had once dismissed as a “junior varsity” effort, Obama sent 5,000 troops back to Iraq. ISIS’ major strongholds fell under the Trump administration, although experts warn that the group remains dangerous.
Nevertheless, Biden — who was nominally in charge of overseeing troop withdrawals from Iraq under the Obama administration — has touted his efforts in that capacity as he runs for president. “I made sure the president turned to me and said, ‘Joe, get our combat troops out of Iraq,'” Biden said in Miami in June. “I was responsible for getting 150,000 combat troops out of Iraq, and my son was one of them.”
In July, Biden claimed, “When I was vice president, the president gave me all the easy jobs, like ‘take care of getting all our troops out of Iraq,’ which we did.”
Biden brags about getting the troops out of Iraq, but has yet to mention that the Obama administration also sent the troops back into Iraq on his campaign tour.
Mattis discusses in his book that Obama failed to enforce sanctions on Syria as they disobeyed rulings that were meant to keep them from producing and using chemical weapons. Under Obama, Mattis believes that America lost credibility as a strong defender of democracy and humanitarian efforts.
Obama’s hesitation to protect innocents created environments in several conflict areas where terrorist organizations and brutal dictatorships were able to flourish while the confidence our allies had in us, diminished.
“Over the next several years, Syria totally disintegrated into hell on earth. The consequences included an accelerated refugee flow that changed the political culture of Europe, punctuated by repeated terrorist attacks. And America today lives with the consequences of emboldened adversaries and shaken allies.”
Mattis stated that his book not solely about the failures of the Obama administration, but the lessons on leadership and cooperating with allies that he has learned over the many years of service to our country.