I have two possible explanations for why he chose to mention "respect for allies" & being harder on adversaries in this letter.
It could be 4D chess kabuki theater, he's certainly capable of it.
Or, it could be his genuine feelings and desire to distance himself from some of Trump's actions. Sad.
To hear this from Mattis is sad.
I guess there are several kinds of hawk.
Perhaps the Secretary doesn't excel in every area, such as politics. He excels in winning wars, though.
I won't give up on him based on one letter. I've simply adjusted my view, subject to what I said in tweet (3).
Her parents came to the US for her father's academic job, so their immigration status was fine. No issue there.
I don't think Mattis would try to run against Trump, bc he knows darn well he wouldn't stand a chance. And, he's not an enabler of Democrat electoral wins. Come on now.
Unless something bizarrely new and major happens, no one can win against Trump in the general in 2020. They just can't. Waste your own time with this BS if you like, but you won't be able to waste mine with it.
If that gets confirmed, I'll need to revise my position on all this. I do NOT want to see US strength in that theater reduced atm. But...
I will read any WH statement on it with great interest.
We (allies) must remain tough on the Taliban, Pakistan, Iran, & Russia. The war on terror ain't over.