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Richard Blumenthal @SenBlumenthal
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In an administration filled with self-enriching & self-aggrandizing grifters, Secretary Mattis stood out as a model of patriotism & public service. As a matter of national defense, but also personal integrity, he will be deeply missed across the political spectrum.
In Secretary Mattis’ letter is the plea of a patriot put in an untenable position. It culminates a series of unacceptable decisions & actions by Trump alienating our allies & embracing our enemies, rejecting sound & stable advice from top military, civilian, & intel experts.
Secretary Mattis’ resignation is deeply alarming—almost our worst nightmare. He leaves a chasm of leadership that could be destabilizing to national security policies & morale.
That the President’s decision to withdraw all troops from Syria contributed to the resignation of this dedicated & professional leader shows how deeply flawed & dangerous it is.
Our bipartisan challenge now is to come together in support of our courageous national defense professionals & avoid shockwaves of alarm.
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