Marine General forced out of CENTCOM for questioning Obama's Iran policy
If you're not going to be a yes-man, there's no place for you in Obama's military. That's the lesson to Marine General James Mattis, who is being forced out of CENTCOM (Central Command) for questioning President Hussein Obama's Iran policy
In particular, it appears his questions surrounding the U.S. response to Iran's nuclear ambitions drew the ire of civilian military and security advisers.
These civilians were apparently upset by the way Mattis pushed them
to "consider second and third-order consequences of military action
against Iran." Nor did they appreciate the way he pushed them to think
long term and consider what the U.S. will do if Iran develops
non-nuclear weapons that can be used to keep U.S. ships out of the
Mattis also expressed concern over the consequences of certain aspects of the U.S. approach to Afghanistan and Pakistan. It seems this line of reasoning didn't sit well with National Security Adviser Tom Donilon.
What could go wrong?
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Iran sanctions regime, Iranian nuclear threat, United States marines