by Jack Watts
COMMON SENSE: Where Secretary Mattis’ resignation is concerned, I can see both sides. This is not a black and white issue. What I do not like, however, is making a villain out of either one.
Mattis did a great job of rebuilding our military after sequestration. We are now prepared, which we were not before the General arrived. Plus, Mattis was responsible for the defeat of ISIS and starring down North Korea. On all of these things, he and Trump were united.
Moving forward though, Mattis wants to keep a strong military presence in the Middle East, while President Trump wants to bring our troops home. I see the necessity of leaving them there as a deterrent to ISIS reforming, but I also know that we have been at war continuously this entire century. That’s a long time. We need a break, and we cannot afford to spend trillions on Middle Eastern wars.
Both men have a strong argument, but Trump is the Commander-in-Chief. It’s his call, and he made it. For me, I choose to be thankful for all that Mattis did, but I also choose not to criticize man.