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1. Mattis’s letter is a warning that the international order that Ds & Rs have stood together to protect for 75 years is under threat. If Trump breaks it, it may be impossible to repair. If Rs in the senate truly care about this it’s time to start considering impeachment
2. To be clear. US foreign policy has been far from perfect since WWII. Vietnam, Iraq, Central America, & many many more mistakes. Not making excuses for those
3. But the bottom line is that the international system of alliances & security/ economic relationships that the US has led and built has thus far succeeded in preventing devastating great power wars that kill millions & affect billions
4. The result has been the greatest period of prosperity in human history as billions have been pulled out of poverty. All of that could be at risk if this system collapses
5. This system is underwritten by the security guarantees provided by the United States, which effectively reassure partners & deter adversaries thus leading them both to restrain their behavior. It is based on the US being a reliable/trustworthy partner
6. If that trust collapses & partners/allies go their own way & adversaries get more aggressive the risk of bigger more dangerous wars increases dramatically. & the collapse in trust maybe irreversible
7. This is what is on the line and what Mattis’s letter was ultimately about. Is this where Trump is trying to take us in the next 2 years?
8. If it is, will Republicans in the Senate finally stop tweeting & actually do something? There will likely be plenty of evidence from the Mueller investigation when added with the dangers expressed by Mattis to warrant impeachment
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