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‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Slams Obama For ‘Ignoring Reality’ In Iraq And Leading To The Rise Of ISIS

Former Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis criticized former President Barack Obama for the way he handled the situation in Afghanistan. Now, Mattis has gone even further by blasting Obama for “ignoring reality” in Iraq, which the ex-Defense Secretary said led to the rise of ISIS.

Fox News reported that Mattis slammed Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden in his new book “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead,” saying that it was their naivety and ignorance that caused ISIS to rise. In the book, Mattis wrote that Obama’s presidency “was to be a time when I would witness duty and deceit, courage and cowardice, and, ultimately, strategic frustration.”

“In Washington, the debate swirled throughout 2011 about how many, if any, U.S. troops should remain in Iraq,” Mattis recalled. “Central Command, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the new defense secretary, Leon Panetta, who had replaced Bob Gates, continued to recommend to the White House retaining a residual force, as did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

Mattis said that all of them were “talking to the wind,” since Obama was singularly focused on living up to his public promises to end the war in Iraq. During a speech at the end of 2011, Obama confidently told the country that the 40,000 servicemen and women still in Iraq “will definitely be home for the holidays.”

Mattis explained that the Obama administration’s faith in Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was completely misplaced.

“Prime Minister Maliki is highly untrustworthy, Mr. Vice President,” Mattis remembered warning Biden. “He’s devious when he talks to us. … He looks at our ambassadors and military advisers as impediments to his anti-Sunni agenda. He wants to purge or marginalize Sunnis and Kurds from the government.”

“Vice President Biden and his assistants listened politely,” Mattis continued in the book. “But as we spoke, I sensed I was making no headway in convincing the administration officials not to support Maliki. It was like talking to people who lived in wooden houses but saw no need for a fire department. … I found him an admirable and amiable man. But he was past the point where he was willing to entertain a ‘good idea.’ He didn’t want to hear more; he wanted our forces out of Iraq. Whatever path led there fastest, he favored. He exuded the confidence of a man whose mind was made up, perhaps even indifferent to considering the consequences were he judging the situation incorrectly.”

Mattis said that Biden countered him by saying, “Maliki wants us to stick around, because he does not see a future in Iraq otherwise. I’ll bet you my vice presidency.”

Mattis wrote that afterwards, “Iraq slipped back into escalating violence. It was like watching a car wreck in slow motion. … All of this was predicted — and preventable.”

When Islamic State (ISIS) rose to power in 2016, Obama 5,000 troops back to Iraq to fight what he had once dismissed as a “junior varsity effort.” It wasn’t until Donald Trump came to office that the ISIS strongholds fell.

In his book, Mattis also criticized Obama’s failure to enforce his own self-imposed “red line” upon the use of chemical weapons in Syria had weakened the U.S. globally.

“Old friends in NATO and in the Pacific registered dismay and incredulity that America’s reputation had been seriously weakened as a credible security partner,” Mattis wrote. “Within 36 hours, I received a phone call from a friendly Pacific-nation diplomat. ‘Well, Jim,’ he said, ‘I guess we’re on our own with China.’”

“Over the next several years, Syria totally disintegrated into hell on earth,” he continued. “The consequences included an accelerated refugee flow that changed the political culture of Europe, punctuated by repeated terrorist attacks. And America today lives with the consequences of emboldened adversaries and shaken allies.”

Finally, Mattis recounted the rude firing Obama gave him in 2012 after months of disagreement over military policy.

“In December 2012, I received an unauthorized phone call telling me that in an hour, the Pentagon would be announcing my relief,” Mattis said. “I was leaving a region aflame and in disarray. The lack of an integrated regional strategy had left us adrift, and our friends confused. We were offering no leadership or direction. I left my post deeply disturbed that we had shaken our friends’ confidence and created vacuums that our adversaries would exploit.”