Having spent four years in the Marine Corps in my youth, I still identify with those Marines of the past as well as those currently serving. Obviously, I am a bit up there in age and couldn’t do many of the things that I used to be able to do, but I can say that the four years I spent serving the USA were four of the best years of my life. Being in the Corps helped shape my work ethic, my love of the Constitution and the ever lasting belief that America is the best country on earth.
It is for that reason that when I hear that General Mattis, a true legend among Marines, comes out and says that Biden should drop Trump’s idea of America First, I am sad. Sad and pissed off. I don’t know about the other services, but I joined the Marines because they are the best and that they have a mystique and a history that can not be touched by any other service.
Mattis says in an op-ed that he wrote in Foreign Affairs that, “an isolated America is a vulnerable America.” I couldn’t disagree more.
We don’t have to give up the belief that our country is the greatest country that has ever existed and still is. We can still hold that belief and engage other countries diplomatically. It is when liberal ideologies enter into the equation that our country suffers. We saw it with Obama/Biden, with a slashing of the military budget, and cutting the number of folks that want to stay in the military. These are policies that truly weaken our military and in turn make us vulnerable as a nation.
Mattis believes that, “as powerful as the United States might be militarily, its interests are best served when it can count on a group of reliable allies to further its goals instead of a threat of force.” I will say it again, this can be done without showing weakness.” He goes on to say that, “Continued failure to adequately invest in relationships with allies and partners and to cooperate with them to shape the international environment risks the erosion of this network… Even worse, it could result in the emergence of other, competing networks, presaging an international order from which the United States is excluded, unable to influence outcomes because it is simply not present.”
All of that can be accomplished while at the same time not giving in to the UN and NATO as well as the false leftist belief that we need to be a “Global” nation. Other nations that rely on force and ignore diplomacy (Iran, Iraq and Syria) won’t be fooled by a phony kumbaya moment and will use that against us. Much to the chagrin of Obama, other countries did not like us as we turned into the embarrassment of the entire world.
Other countries may not care for Trump’s version of diplomacy, but that is because he doesn’t take crap from anyone. They knew that any stupidity directed at the USA would be met with a very unequal response from our military. As it should be. Sometimes we just have to send a message when things go south. In a Harris/Biden administration, however, this will not happen. If I remember correctly, Biden was against taking out Bin laden. That alone tells you how much trouble we are in for the next four years.
But to return to my point, General Mattis is 100% wrong on this one. If anything, he should stay in his lane and do what he undoubtedly does best, and that is kill people that hate us and want to destroy our way of life. I used to think that General Mattis was just about at the same level of the beloved Chesty Puller, but not anymore.
God Bless the Marine Corps and God Bless the United States of America.