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Mattis: “When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.”

This is an idiotic and baseless claim from an educated man who ought to know better. The president will call in the military not to shut down peaceful protests but to stop the rampant looting of businesses – retail outlets, pharmacies that provide critical medications for people; as well as stop the burning down of buildings and stop the attacks on innocent people (many of whom are attempting to protect their businesses from destruction). Given the theft, arson, destruction, and violence that has occurred, these aren’t minor incidents by just a few people. If POTUS calls in the military to shut down the looting, the arson, and the attacks on innocent civilians, there is absolutely nothing “illegal” about that order. No one has a Constitutional right to steal, burn down businesses or government buildings, or to attack innocent people!

Given the idiocy or the blatant and possible deliberate misrepresentation that Mattis espouses, he deserves every bit of ridicule that can be heaped upon him. He does a disservice to the nation and a disservice to the truth. He also may be influencing other currently-serving, high-ranking officers to disobey the Commander-in-Chief’s lawful order when given, as the Dan Bongino video below suggests. If that is the case, Mattis has become someone who has disgraced himself and permanently marred his otherwise honorable career.

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  1. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Yes, it looks like the soft coup of the deep state may be added to by a hot coup of the military.

    • #1
    • June 4, 2020, at 8:12 PM PDT
    • 6 likes
  2. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    Most generals are more politician than patriot. 

    • #2
    • June 4, 2020, at 8:15 PM PDT
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  3. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):

    Most generals are more politician than patriot.

    Our governments are Democrat organizations. A person is only successful if they are Democrat operatives and play the Democrat game.

    • #3
    • June 4, 2020, at 8:22 PM PDT
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  4. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    One thing for sure, he has proven Trump’s removing him was for cause.

    • #4
    • June 4, 2020, at 8:24 PM PDT
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  5. Lockdowns are Precious Inactive
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    He also may be influencing other currently-serving, high-ranking officers to disobey the Commander-in-Chief’s lawful order when given, as the Dan Bongino video below suggests.

    That’s exactly the plan. Mattis is tacitly egging them on.

    • #5
    • June 4, 2020, at 8:31 PM PDT
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  6. Stina Member

    These people are making direct movement against the peaceful and law abiding members of this society.

    They act so righteous, but they let the innocent be beaten and ruined.

    • #6
    • June 4, 2020, at 8:37 PM PDT
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  7. Lockdowns are Precious Inactive
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    Stina (View Comment):

    These people are making direct movement against the peaceful and law abiding members of this society.

    They act so righteous, but they let the innocent be beaten and ruined.

    Well, unless you believe Lee Harvey Oswald was just some lone nut acting by himself, the Deep State has had lots of practice.

    • #7
    • June 4, 2020, at 8:42 PM PDT
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  8. Steve C. Member

    I’ve met enough generals in my life to know that the best ones to work for are the ones who don’t have nicknames. The guys with sobriquets like “Gunfighter”, “Bullet Bob” or “Chaos”, look in the shaving mirror and see George Patton. The ones who actually move the ball down the field look in their shaving mirrors and see George Marshall. Or Ike.

    A guy as well read as a Mattis surely knows that no man was more aware of the risk of using military force to enforce the law than George Washington. Yet he used the militia to smother the Whiskey Rebellion. Or Andrew Jackson, whose threat to use the Army to enforce federal law caused the hot heads of South Carolina to re-evaluate their position on tariffs.

    He must certainly know Eisenhower used the Army to integrate Central High School when Arkansas defied the orders of the federal courts. Or, that Lyndon Johnson deployed Army armored personnel carriers and infantry to suppress riots in Detroit.

    Its certainly something not to be undertaken lightly. But the public has a reasonable expectation that the government will employ all reasonable means to protect their lives and property. And as Jackson teaches us, sometimes the threat of federal intervention is all that is needed to tamp down tensions.

    I get it. Mattis has concerns. So do I. But if the states can’t or won’t protect the public, the feds have a constitutional duty to ensure the citizens freedoms and rights can be exercised.

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    • June 4, 2020, at 8:47 PM PDT
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  9. Brian Watt Member
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    Steve C. (View Comment):

    I’ve met enough generals in my life to know that the best ones to work for are the ones who don’t have nicknames. The guys with sobriquets like “Gunfighter”, “Bullet Bob” or “Chaos”, look in the shaving mirror and see George Patton. The ones who actually move the ball down the field look in their shaving mirrors and see George Marshall. Or Ike.

    A guy as well read as a Mattis surely knows that no man was more aware of the risk of using military force to enforce the law than George Washington. Yet he used the militia to smother the Whiskey Rebellion. Or Andrew Jackson, whose threat to use the Army to enforce federal law caused the hot heads of South Carolina to re-evaluate their position on tariffs.

    He’s must certainly know Eisenhower used the Army to integrate Central High School when Arkansas defied the orders of the federal courts. Or, that Lyndon Johnson deployed Army armored personnel carriers and infantry to suppress riots in Detroit.

    Its certainly something not to be undertaken lightly. But the public has a reasonable expectation that the government will employ all reasonable means to protect their lives and property. And as Jackson teaches us, sometimes the threat of federal intervention is all that is needed to tamp down tensions.

    I get it. Mattis has concerns. So do I. But if the states can’t or won’t protect the public, the feds have a constitutional duty to ensure the citizens freedoms and rights can be exercised.

     

    Mattis has concerns but he’s basing those concerns on a misrepresentation of the facts and why the military would be called in. That is irresponsible and reckless. He may influence current-serving officers to disobey a lawful order. If they do so, they will be arrested and face court-martial while Jim Mattis reclines in an easy chair and pours himself a Scotch.

    • #9
    • June 4, 2020, at 8:51 PM PDT
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  10. Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) Coolidge
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    Mattis won’t be working for Trump again, so he’s sucking up to the opposing team. Welcome to Washington. 

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    • June 4, 2020, at 10:30 PM PDT
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  11. Mim526 Member

    Merging my recent post with this information by @brianwatt and thread comments paints an alarming picture. I had not realized the extent to which federal personnel/property were under siege until listening to AG Barr (around 33:45 mark) in recent DOJ press confereence, e.g., 114 feds injured, 22 hospitalizations most with serious head injuries, treasury overrun and fed bldg burned (I was only aware of St Johns church)….

    Our press should be seriously examined for inciting the populous by failing to find out/mention this situation when reporting on use of federal force to quell rioting Americans. And a retired marine general citing a president as the proximate cause of the riots who divided the US by authorizing use of military to protect federal agents/property against LAWLESS Americans in such a state of emergency, inciting the populous (and giving cover to possibly treasonous serving officers) to “unite without him (meaning POTUS)”…the man’s a proper cretinous villain.

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    • June 4, 2020, at 11:33 PM PDT
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  12. Danny Alexander Member

    Glad to see this:

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/06/04/retired-marine-cpt-john-m-dowd-mattis-lafayette-park-protesters/

     

    • #12
    • June 5, 2020, at 12:15 AM PDT
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  13. Guruforhire Member

    I am willing to chalk it up to a garbage in garbage out problem.

    I would hope he would revise his view of the matter.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 3:03 AM PDT
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  14. JoelB Member

    It must be hard for men who are used to getting their own way to work together amicably.

    • #14
    • June 5, 2020, at 5:26 AM PDT
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  15. Stad Thatcher

    He’s gone from “Mad Dog” to “Yellow Dog Democrat” pretty quickly. I’d say he’s angling to replace Biden on the ticket . . .

    • #15
    • June 5, 2020, at 5:54 AM PDT
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  16. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) (View Comment):

    Mattis won’t be working for Trump again, so he’s sucking up to the opposing team. Welcome to Washington.

    Sort of makes you wonder if he was playing for the opposing team all along. 

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    • June 5, 2020, at 7:10 AM PDT
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  17. Boss Mongo Member

    All personnel nominated to be a General Officer/Flag Officer have to be confirmed by Congress. So, all GO/FOs are political positions.

    I’ve lost all respect for Mattis.

    • #17
    • June 5, 2020, at 7:20 AM PDT
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  18. Ralphie Member

    Two ulcer man on four ulcer pay. 

    • #18
    • June 5, 2020, at 7:28 AM PDT
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  19. Brian Watt Member
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    It’s estimated that one million “protesters” will descend on Washington, D.C. on Saturday. The Democrat mayor has demanded that National Guard troops in the nation’s capital be sent home.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    • #19
    • June 5, 2020, at 7:44 AM PDT
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  20. Quietpi Member

    I’m stunned by the utterly, willfully ignorant reactions to what the President said about the National Guard and “the military.” There’s a suggestion there that the Guard isn’t military. That’s absurd, but I do get what is meant. I attended the Rodney King riots courtesy of the Army National Guard. Active duty Army units were also there. I don’t remember the timing of the active duty units. I do remember clearly that the rioting stopped when the Guard showed up. It seems our weapons were bigger than theirs. And there were the bayonets.

    I’m tired of hearing about MSM “news” reports (I stopped listening myself long ago) that go something like this: This President is so rotten! Did you hear, he didn’t floss this morning! We have to get rid of him!”

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    • June 5, 2020, at 7:50 AM PDT
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  21. Hang On Member
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    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Steve C. (View Comment):

    I’ve met enough generals in my life to know that the best ones to work for are the ones who don’t have nicknames. The guys with sobriquets like “Gunfighter”, “Bullet Bob” or “Chaos”, look in the shaving mirror and see George Patton. The ones who actually move the ball down the field look in their shaving mirrors and see George Marshall. Or Ike.

    A guy as well read as a Mattis surely knows that no man was more aware of the risk of using military force to enforce the law than George Washington. Yet he used the militia to smother the Whiskey Rebellion. Or Andrew Jackson, whose threat to use the Army to enforce federal law caused the hot heads of South Carolina to re-evaluate their position on tariffs.

    He’s must certainly know Eisenhower used the Army to integrate Central High School when Arkansas defied the orders of the federal courts. Or, that Lyndon Johnson deployed Army armored personnel carriers and infantry to suppress riots in Detroit.

    Its certainly something not to be undertaken lightly. But the public has a reasonable expectation that the government will employ all reasonable means to protect their lives and property. And as Jackson teaches us, sometimes the threat of federal intervention is all that is needed to tamp down tensions.

    I get it. Mattis has concerns. So do I. But if the states can’t or won’t protect the public, the feds have a constitutional duty to ensure the citizens freedoms and rights can be exercised.

    Mattis has concerns but he’s basing those concerns on a misrepresentation of the facts and why the military would be called in. That is irresponsible and reckless. He may influence current-serving officers to disobey a lawful order. If they do so, they will be arrested and face court-martial while Jim Mattis reclines in an easy chair and pours himself a Scotch.

    “All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that’s an alibi for my ignorance.” – Will Rogers

    When the newspapers you read are propaganda organs such as the New York Times, Washington Post, the wire services, or the three major networks, and CNN, then it is understandable though not excusable. There is only one purpose and that is to defeat Trump.

    My guess is they are getting more than they counted on. CNN building was attacked. Defunding the police is the new priority of the mob. Why not the military as well?

    Civilization is a very fragile thing. It’s very close to breaking. I wonder how these propaganda organs will fare when people really do begin reaching for their guns.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 8:02 AM PDT
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  22. Boss Mongo Member

    Hang On (View Comment):
    Civilization is a very fragile thing. It’s very close to breaking. I wonder how these propaganda organs will fare when people really do begin reaching for their guns.

    @hangon, I think civilization is a little more resilient than we think. No denying that things are bad right now.

    But, I think the Great American Public will stand to. There are some who will steadfastly defend their rights, their family and the Constitution of these United States (CoC warning for profanity). The American citizen will stop the onslaught of the the barbarians at the gate.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 9:23 AM PDT
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  23. Hang On Member
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    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Hang On (View Comment):
    Civilization is a very fragile thing. It’s very close to breaking. I wonder how these propaganda organs will fare when people really do begin reaching for their guns.

    @hangon, I think civilization is a little more resilient than we think. No denying that things are bad right now.

    But, I think the Great American Public will stand to. There are some who will steadfastly defend their rights, their family and the Constitution of these United States (CoC warning for profanity). The American citizen will stop the onslaught of the the barbarians at the gate.

    I hope you are right. But it seems increasingly that the barbarians are in charge of the gates.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 10:23 AM PDT
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  24. Boss Mongo Member

    Hang On (View Comment):
    I hope you are right. But it seems increasingly that the barbarians are in charge of the gates.

    We’ll get them sorted out. I am cautiously and advisedly optimistic. 

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    • June 5, 2020, at 10:34 AM PDT
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  25. Stad Thatcher

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    It’s estimated that one million “protesters” will descend on Washington, D.C. on Saturday. The Democrat mayor has demanded that National Guard troops in the nation’s capital be sent home.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Any word from the Chief of Police on this?

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    • June 5, 2020, at 1:09 PM PDT
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  26. Stad Thatcher

    Quietpi (View Comment):
    This President is so rotten! Did you hear, he didn’t floss this morning!

    Now Trump has gone too far . . .

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    • June 5, 2020, at 1:10 PM PDT
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  27. Brian Watt Member
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    Stad (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    It’s estimated that one million “protesters” will descend on Washington, D.C. on Saturday. The Democrat mayor has demanded that National Guard troops in the nation’s capital be sent home.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Any word from the Chief of Police on this?

    Not that I’ve heard.

    Not sure what the Capitol Police resources are but presumably they will be on duty protecting the Capitol building and possibly the Supreme Court. My guess is that a contingent of Marines, in addition to the Secret Service and perhaps several U.S. Marshalls may be defending the White House. The DoJ may also have other resources. 

    I also don’t know why the President can’t host members of the National Guard at Camp David if necessary and who knows (?) Joint Base Andrews may be very active in the next few hours if it hasn’t been already.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 1:23 PM PDT
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  28. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):

    Most generals are more politician than patriot.

    I’m not sure what percentage that might be, but I have read many times over the years that in order to reach general one must play the political game. One can reach colonel on skills alone, but beyond that rank politics plays an increasing role. Maybe veterans can offer more knowledgeable comments here.

    Also: Obama got rid of a lot of generals he didn’t like, replacing them with ones he felt were more politically reliable.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 1:31 PM PDT
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  29. Jules PA Member

    Lockdowns Are Precious (View Comment):

    He also may be influencing other currently-serving, high-ranking officers to disobey the Commander-in-Chief’s lawful order when given, as the Dan Bongino video below suggests.

    That’s exactly the plan. Mattis is tacitly egging them on.

    That is very scary. 

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    • June 5, 2020, at 1:39 PM PDT
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  30. Cal Lawton Member
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    Of all the places to distribute a statement like that who would pick The Atlantic? If I think I’m a player I’m pitching WaPo and NYT. Neither of those rags would pass on this kind of red meat. Dunno who convinced him to put this out, but I hope Gen. Mattis now sees he was made a mark and sucker in a con.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 1:41 PM PDT
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