One of my favorite things to do is think, so when someone presents an alternative theory or perspective to any given situation, I’m all for taking a look. I may not end up coming the same conclusions, but I appreciate the mental exercise as well as what I might learn incidentally along the way. I have enjoyed Twitter for that very reason, although as they continue to purge alternate viewpoints it has been increasingly difficult to get my fix. Thankfully, some of those given the Twitter jackboot have started a blog. When, I don’t know. I stumbled across it recently after wondering where Rex went after he said he wasn’t going back to Twitter.
Quod Verum is a blog where some of those I currently and formerly follow have landed. Brian Cates (@drawandstrike), Imperator Rex, Saul Montes-Bradley and the infamous Thomas Wictor write there, and some of the articles are really thought-provoking so I encourage checking them out. I thought one in particular was worth a chew, and if I thought so, maybe some of you would think so as well! I encourage reading the whole thing but I’m only going to focus on one part.
The post in question is Thomas Wictor’s “James Mattis to Resign as Secretary of Defense: What Did He Say in His Letter?”
Trump and Saudi Arabia have been working together for years now. Obviously Mattis knows about these operations. US Today reports that Mattis resigned because Trump ordered our troops out of Syria against Mattis’s wishes.
Well, guess what?
“The U.S. military constructed a new base in the eastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governoratet this week, despite Donald Trump’s announcement that American troops would be withdrawing from Syria.
“According to local reports from the Deir Ezzor province, the U.S. military constructed a new base west of the former Islamic State stronghold of Hajin.”
The Syrian Democratic Forces—our allies—are carrying out a massively violent assault on the Islamic State in eastern Syria. They captured the last Islamic State stronghold on December 13, 2018.
Even after two years, people are unable to grasp that Trump makes it impossible for our enemies to know what’s happening. He DECEIVES our enemies by making false statements…
My guess is that Mattis’s resignation letter is his last act of military deception (MILDEC). It’s intended to make Trump’s enemies think he’s losing control of his presidency.
“It’s always great to be underestimated” said Donald John Trump before he was elected.
Where I see the possibility in this theory is in my opinion Trump is excellent at deception. People tend to forget our president is a student of Sun Tzu who, by the way, did not wage war with our modern day western mindset which desires visible, unmistakable victories and frankly a bit of instant gratification. Most Westerners are not known for playing the long game and those who do tend to win, which is one of the reasons why we’re in the mess we’re in today.
All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
Looking back over the last two years of the Trump presidency, does any of that above strategy seem to apply? Remember how we were all confused about how Trump the Candidate could be so savvy and Trump the President so inept until it seemed like two different people? I suggest it was the same person fighting two different campaigns. YMMV of course and around here frequently does. 😉
One of the challenges Trump has that Sun Tzu did not have to worry about is Trump has a voter base to bring along. Deceiving your enemies means also deceiving some of your allies (us) and is a tricky thing to pull off and still have your voter base trust you. If he doesn’t turn the tables soon and give his supporters the visible, unmistakable victories they need to see, the fight to bring along his base may be the war he loses.
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