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From left, Gen. John Kelly, Gen. James Mattis, Gen. Joseph Dunford, Gen.
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President Donald Trump once boasted that his administration was staffed by notable members of the US armed forces. Those service members will soon be leaving his administration. The latest former Marine Corps general who is voluntarily leaving the administration is Defense Secretary James Mattis. Jim Mattis , the Secretary of Defense, announced his resignation on Thursday and was expected to leave by February.
On Sunday, his departure was accelerated to January 1 after Trump announced his acting replacement, Patrick Shanahan, was set to take over. Mattis was a four-star general who led the US Central Command and was celebrated as a top choice to lead the world's most powerful military.
The General's President by John Dalmas
He cited disagreements with Trump's policies as the reason for his decision to resign from the Defense Department. He served as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security before being selected by Trump as his chief of staff. Kelly had been expected to bring order to a chaotic West Wing. But he faced headwinds and sometimes clashed with Trump on a number of issues. His term as the top commander of the US military ends in September Thus, the terrorist leader responsible for the largest attack in the United States in history was able to continue to operate for another decade.
Kennedy likewise made operational decisions, telling his admirals where and how to intercept Soviet ships bound for Cuba. After the crisis, Kennedy fired the head of the Navy. What Lincoln, Truman, Kennedy, the elder Mr. Bush and President Obama did in those instances took personal courage, as well as wisdom. They overrode their commanders and were proven right. Had their decisions resulted in military disaster, those presidents might have risked electoral defeat or even impeachment. Of course, we choose our presidents in part because of how we think they will handle crises, how they will see the bigger picture, the greater good, the historic moment.
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