Mattis’ Misjudgment

BY Herschel Smith
7 months ago

James Mattis is a good man, a legend, and a true warrior monk.  But that doesn’t make him perfect.  He had nominated Ann Patterson for Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.  But this is highly problematic.

Back during the months leading to the June 30, 2013 revolution, Patterson — the “Brotherhood’s Stooge” as she was called by all, from news analysts to the Egyptian street — was arguably one of the most hated individuals by the millions of Egyptians who took to the streets against Morsi and the Brotherhood.

Not only did her face regularly appear next to Obama’s in placards; it sometimes appeared alone, indicating just how closely she was seen as supporting the Brotherhood.

[ … ]

In the days leading to the revolution, Patterson called on Egyptians not to protest. She even met with the Coptic pope and asked him specifically to urge the nation’s Christian minority not to oppose the Brotherhood — even though Christians were naturally going to suffer the most under Morsi, especially in the context of accusations of “blasphemy.”

That’s enough.  She’s an author of the so-called “Arab Spring,” and an instigator of Christian sufferings.  That’s all you need to know.  You can read the rest of it for yourself, but suffice it to say, she is a supporter of Islamic oppression, ignores the sufferings inflicted because of it, and stateside she is a SJW of legendary proportions, as much of a legend as Mattis is a warrior.

Just why Mattis would have done something like this is puzzling, but it points to flaws in his character, deformities in his judgment.  It’s a good thing the Senate shut this down.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has withdrawn retired senior diplomat Anne W. Patterson as his choice for undersecretary for policy after the White House indicated unwillingness to fight what it said would be a battle for Senate confirmation.

U.S. officials said that two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), were strongly opposed to Patterson’s nomination because she served as U.S. ambassador to Egypt from 2011 to 2013, a time when the Obama administration supported an elected government with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood that was ultimately overthrown by the Egyptian military.

Good for senators Cruz and Cotton.  But this isn’t all we learn from the article.

Although he reportedly insisted that he be able to select his own team when he accepted Trump’s offer to head the Defense Department, Mattis has skirmished repeatedly with the White House over appointments. His initial choice for deputy secretary, Michèle Flournoy, withdrew from consideration after meetings with White House officials. Flournoy served as the department’s undersecretary in the Obama administration.

Good grief.  Flournoy founded the progressive CNAS, Center for a New American Security, where Phillip Carter and like-minded progressives give lectures and write papers.  As I said, this all points to a fundamental flaw in Mattis, and he is a good man and legend, but not perfect.

It’ll be interesting to see where he takes the U.S. military.

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  1. On March 14, 2017 at 11:37 pm, Hanzo said:

    Causes me to take pause and wonder who Mattis’ close advisers are.

  2. On March 15, 2017 at 2:08 am, Phil Ossiferz Stone said:

    He isn’t touching queers or trannies, not even in the combat arms, not even though trannies are still considered medically crazy and the rates of homosexual rape have trebled since DADT was repealed.

    We all know he’s a great warrior and intellectual. We’ll see how good an administrator he is.

  3. On March 15, 2017 at 8:13 am, Frank Clarke said:

    “Interesting”? As in “may you live in interesting times” interesting?

    You may think Mattis was the right choice for the job. I beg to differ…

  4. On March 15, 2017 at 9:35 pm, Randolph Scott said:

    No Obama pep0plke anywhere. Not even for cleaning toilets, those jobs are for Bush people.

  5. On March 15, 2017 at 9:37 pm, Randolph Scott said:

    No Obama people anywhere. Not even for cleaning toilets, those jobs are for Bush people.

  6. On March 17, 2017 at 7:16 am, DAN III said:

    Mattis. Another political hack flag officer. That’s all one needs to know.

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