In a powerful display of opposition to President Trump announcing a complete withdrawal of troops from Syria, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis submitted his letter of resignation. The letter, pictured below, highlights many facets that General Mattis enjoyed while Secretary of Defense, but the letter also plainly States to the President that he does not agree with the decision to withdraw troops from Syria, arguing that the move abandons allies on the battlefield.
Despite the resignation of General Mattis, and what appears to be a bipartisan pushback from both Republicans and Democrats, President Trump remains resilient in his decision to withdraw troops, explaining to the American People that ISIS has been defeated, and that he has been more successful than any President in modern history in defeating ISIS.
Several officials and News outlets have reported that the decision to withdraw troops was not advised by Senior military officials or The Pentagon, and that this is move done largely in part by Donald Trump.
Again, despite pushback from every angle, Trump remains resilient in downsizing the battlefields overseas, with rumors now floating the agenda that The President also intends to withdraw as many as 9,000 troops from Afghanistan as early as January.
General Mattis served four decades in The United States Marine Corps. He ends his career on a high note, putting countrymen and his allies before self. He will officially depart Trump’s Administration February 2019.
While it grows to unite us, it tears us a part. The divisiveness of it all has become overtly disheartening. There are factions who want more for Americans, to include more healthcare and more education, and there are those who oppose those views, arguing that it would bankrupt the entire country. Some argue for a socialist agenda, others argue for capitalism to continue to reign supreme.
In the midst of all of the arguing and debate, The American citizen suffers. Their suffering, our suffering, it transcends just physical pain. It is also emotional. The imagery we see from neighboring states, the rhetoric of elected politicians, and our military involvement around the world can at times be too much for some Americans to stomach. For others, there isn’t enough defense spending and citizenry bashing to go around.
We are entering quite trivial times. Our economy may appear to be performing well, but the debt continues to climb. We are treating foreigners seeking asylum like enemy combatants, mobilizing thousands of Active Duty troops to defend us from a faux invasion. Citizens are dying from aid they cannot receive for lack of healthcare. Teenagers are signing their lives away to ever growing college tuition rates. The Government says that climate change is real, and that it will impact us all if we do not change our ways, and The President of The United States, Donald Trump, discredits it. He doesn’t believe it. At all.
We live in incredibly disheartening times. Of course, we will continue to be our best in this world. Many will suffer daily, and some will be successful. Others will aspire for success, while battling life’s many obstacles. The Republican narrative is that “hand outs” are a really bad thing, but many Americans are suffering beyond repair. Perhaps a hand-out wouldn’t suffice.
“The American Dream is dead.”
-Donald John Trump, 45th President of The United States of America
The United States of America and The Union of Soviet Socialists Republics (USSR) were nations who had known the effects of war. They both were participants of WWII, and both of their military might combined, coupled with the efforts of various other nations, helped to take down the axis powers and defeat Nazism from taking over Europe. What sprung from WWII was another test of might, one that would last decades up until December 5th, 1994, a war The USA and Russia will always be known for. The Cold War. This decades long display of nuclear power created an instability in the world, and although neither country formally attacked the other, the threat of nuclear war greatly loomed over both nations. Today, both the USA and Russia are a part of a Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, also known as S.T.A.R.T., which ultimately led to an armistice between the two powerful nations which led to the end of the Cold War.
It appears things may soon change.
A call to the end of the armistice between Russia and The USA appears to be President Trump’s latest battle cry, and it comes in the wake of many other events taking place in the political spectrum. Russia has been accused of meddling in the 2016 Presidential election by The Democrats and other government officials, and while many republican officials refuted the notion, to include President Trump, now President Trump himself is accusing Russia of attempting to interfere with the 2018 midterm elections.
At this point, it is tough to understand what will come next. A pullout from this armistice with Russia, because they are indeed testing long range nuclear missiles, may perhaps ultimately mean that The USA will now continue to embark on tests as well. It wasn’t too long ago that world leaders were arguing for an end to nuclear weapons altogether (this argument still exists), but this latest move by President Trump may be an inadvertent show of strength. Perhaps before his time is up as President, he will enact an agenda to institute more nuclear armament testing, unlike the world has ever seen before. One thing is true, and it is that President Trump does not like to be outdone. He likes his stuff bigger, and he likes his stuff better.
We may be witnessing the start of a new nuclear arms race.
The strange thing about the current events that consume American news, the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is that this is not the first time that people have questioned the overall morals of the Saudi Arabian government. On September 11, 2001, 15 of the hijackers were Saudi citizens, and the Mastermind, Osama Bin Laden, was a Saudi Arabian citizen. The attacks that unfolded that day led the U.S. Military into a longer than decades war against Al-Qaeda and other terrorists affiliates across regions of the middle east, with a primary focus on the country of Afghanistan. Although the attackers were primarily from Saudi Arabia and had deep Saudi ties, The U.S. government embarked on a narrative that completely avoided any confrontation with the Saudi Government.
Fast forward to today, after years of unanswered questions and unresolved court cases by American citizens against the Saudi government, and you have this remarkable case of a whodunit, where American citizens argue that The Saudi government conducted the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, The Saudi government argues that they were not involved at all, The Washington Post says that the Saudi government is lying, and the President of the United States believes the Saudi government. It is safe to argue that our financial ties with Saudi Arabia is at stake, and also self evident that U.S. leaders (namely the President) do not want to forgo any financial agreements already established. Recently, President Donald Trump stated in a press covered meeting that he refuses to forgo any deals with Saudi Arabia, as it is “the largest order ever made”.
So what is next? Will The United States place sanctions on Saudi Arabia if they find out they had government insiders complicit with the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, potentially causing great strain on our diplomatic ties in the middle east? Recently The Trump Administration has been tougher on Russia, vowing to pull out of the decades long nuclear arms deal they’ve had with the nation. Perhaps at this moment, Donald Trump could stand to gain votes for re-election by proving to be hard on those who have done wrong, or what is more likely, he may end up balancing the status quo with the middle east powerhouse and continue to portray the narrative that Saudi Arabia is a nothing less of a great government, business partner, investor in American military power, and the center of the Muslim world.