That’s one thing to call it. Another is incompetence. Still another is a betrayal of everything our troops fought for after 9/11. Take your pick:
Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis said the U.S. is suffering “strategic atrophy” that will threaten the long-term security of the nation. The retired general and former Central Command (CENTCOM) commander made the remarks while speaking at the Heritage Foundation, a prominent conservative think tank in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. “The perception [among allies] is we’re pulling back,” Gen. Mattis said, the U.S. Naval Institute reported Thursday.
That;s one way to look at it. Another is that we’re retreating. A third is that we’re fleeing the battlefield with our tails between our legs; which, by the way, is how the Arabs and the Iranians and the Russians see it.
The conversation with Gen. Mattis covered a variety of topics, including Russian President Vladimir Putin’s desire “to break NATO apart,” to China, which “is doing a pretty good job of finding friction points between our allies,” USNI reported. Gen. Mattis praised the United Arab Emirates and Jordan for aiding the U.S. coalition in its fight against the Islamic State group. He added that he has “no doubt” that any foreign policy missteps can be rectified with the right leadership.
Right… Jeb? Hillary!? Huckabee?