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I was pretty disappointed when General Mattis parted ways with the Trump administration, as he was highly touted by veterans here on Ricochet. I was shocked this week when Mattis participated in a hit piece on Trump’s “America First” foreign policy. Today, I find out that Mattis has been a member of The Cohen Group, […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they react to former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis slamming President Trump’s use of the military in response to massive protests in recent days, with Jim contending Mattis shouldn’t be able to drop a rhetorical bomb like that and slip away without scrutiny. They also fire back to the fierce condemnation against the New York Times – including from Times staffers – because the editors ran an opinion piece from Sen. Tom Cotton that they don’t like. And they fume as so many athletes and others invoke cancel culture against New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees after Brees suggested that kneeling during the national anthem was disrespectful.

Welcome Christmas celebrants to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast for Christmas Eve, 2018 it is number 205, the Shutdown Mad Dog edition of the show with your frothing at the mouth hosts Todd Feinburg, east coast WTIC radio guy and Mike Stopa, west coast AI guy. We come to you every week with the conversation, the chatter, the *philosophy* that you need to hear.

This week we discuss Mad Dog, aka James Mattis and his resignation. We discuss Syria (the proximal cause of Mad Dog’s departure) and whether the grand old F.P.E. (foreign policy establishment) will ever finish sitting in the corner, holding their breath and turning blue. We are skeptical.

Instead of taking Labor Day off, we’re bringing you up to speed on the very latest from the Korean Peninsula, with help from former assistant secretary of state Elliott Abrams and “One Free Korea” blog’s Joshua Stanton.

Stanton, who has worked with Congress to craft North Korea policy, believes there are realistic actions the US and the West can take to oust Kim regime that DON’T involve the annihilation of Seoul. Read his “Contain, Constrict, Collapse” plan here.

The Trump Doctrine Meets Afghanistan

 

“We are not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists.” That line sums up the Trump Doctrine outlined in the President’s Monday night address on Afghanistan.

In Trump’s delivery, you could hear the frustration with the 17-year war now overseen by three presidents. Most Republicans long ago dropped the Bush dream of transforming the graveyard of empires into a modern democracy, while Democrats simply ignored the body counts stacking up under Obama.

Despite Trump’s campaign promises to end the project entirely, James Mattis, et al., convinced him to give them one more try.

The Art of Civil Discourse – and Treason

 
Teddy Fischer of Mercer Island High School near Seattle (Photo: KING 5/Tegna)

Back in May, the Washington Post published a picture of Keith Schiller, President Trump’s pre-Secret Service body guard with a Post-It note stuck on a stack of papers. Clear as day on that little slip of paper was Defense Secretary James Mattis’ cell phone number. The Post pulled the picture when notified but not before quite a few people called and filled up the SecDef’s voice mail.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Defense Secretary James Mattis for telling CBS News that he doesn’t lose sleep over anything but makes other people lose sleep. They also scratch their heads over Jared Kushner allegedly discussing a secret communications channel with Moscow during the Trump transition and wonder why a real estate guy is dealing with national security. They shudder a bit as Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says people wouldn’t leave the house if they knew what he knows about terrorism. And they are not exactly teary as they discuss the death of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss reports that President Trump revealed very sensitive intelligence during his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. They also get a kick out of a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee, alleging staffers weren’t paid the current minimum wage for their work in 2016. And they have some fun with the news that a published photo of President Trump’s bodyguard revealed the personal cell phone number of Defense Sec. James Mattis.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for doing his best to limit civilian casualties while explaining that are often unavoidable in wartime as the U.S. dramatically ramps up the military action against ISIS. They also discuss how Democrats are boxing themselves into a corner by trying to filibuster Neil Gorsuch – a move that could lead to rule changes that make the Democrats powerless to stop anything. And they react to Pres. Trump telling senators a deal on health care legislation will be “easy.”

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud House Republicans and Democrats for an overwhelming vote condemning the UN resolution against Israel. They also groan as the Trump transition and Gen. James Mattis butt heads over who should fill top Pentagon positions. And they get a kick out of news that former Bush operative Matthew Dowd is thinking of running against Ted Cruz in 2018.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Donald Trump for selecting retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense. They also roll their eyes as Clinton campaign officials contend white supremacists won the election for Trump. And they explain why Trump’s deal is good for Carrier employees but a bad model to follow as an economic policy.

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