...Sixteen months ago, Mattis was riding high within a Trump Administration with a different makeup. In August 2017, he joined other top officials in getting the president to postpone carrying out his campaign promise to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
“The game plan agreed upon at Camp David,” said a report in RealClearDefense, “was a triumph for Mattis and [then-national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R.] McMaster...The two worked hand-in-hand with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Vice President Mike Pence.”...--Thos Spoehr, quoted at Greatness
Keep the troops in Afghanistan!! Made McCain and Kaine happy, not to mention dozens of military suppliers and contractors. Alexander the Great laughed bitterly, as did the ghosts of several British and Russian generals.
Lt. Gen. Odom would disagree with the "luminaries" above.
The scholar, soldier and strategist whose words our government needs to consider most of all today is the late William Odom, who said presciently:Mattis was noted for his questions about second- and third-stage effects of any given action, which questioning, like liquor, is a good thing when taken in moderation. It's also a fast route to Analysis Paralysis. It became clear that Trump wasn't going to settle for that, so Mattis resigned.
“Those who fear leaving a mess are actually helping make things worse while preventing a new strategic approach with some promise of success.”...
By the way, that's the same Mattis who was the Worst Possible Warmongering Appointment Ever Made by Trump, Presaging The End of the World and Death of Millions of Children and Kitties. Remember?