A Military-Security Price

My Great Good Friends,

Having just been confirmed as Secretary of Defense, the opinions of General James Mattis, USMC (Retired), are of utmost importance.

Lest anyone suspect I’ve carefully selected quotes to illustrate his agreement with my contention that we suffer from Israel’s fifth column in Washington, all quotes are from J.J. Goldberg‘s article in the Jewish ‘Forward’ print edition and on line at their English and Yiddish language sites.

The article entitled Top U.S. General: We pay a Price for Backing Israel contains the General’s verbatim answers to Wolf Blitzer’s questions at the Aspen Security Forum, as well a link to the 66:13 minute video of their talk (comments on Israeli settlements in Palestine begin at 41:22).

From the article:

The current situation is unsustainable, America must act with a sense of urgency toward a two state solution. The chances of success are starting to ebb because of the settlements and where they’re at, if it fails the result will be apartheid.

And then this bombshell:

I paid a military-security price every day as the Commander of CentCom because the Americans were seen as biased in support of Israel‘.

Mattis’ predecessor as Chief of CentCom, General David Petraeus, made much the same point in a briefing paper to the Senate Armed Services Committee shortly before he handed CentCom over to Mattis.

The article also has a link to the ADL’s unhinged response to General Petraeus. Some of you may recall his more personalized remarks along same lines to a newly commissioned officer I brought to a small luncheon with the General.

Wolf Blitzer: Is the Israeli Palestinian peace process going anywhere?

General Mattis: Well, Wolf that depends on the protagonists, and do they want it as much as our valiant Secretary of State [Kerry] wants it. The settlements are making it impossible. For example if I’m Jerusalem and I put 500 Jewish settlers out there to the east and there’s 10,000 Arabs there, if we draw the border to include them either it ceases to be a Jewish state, or they say the Arabs don’t get to vote – apartheid. And that didn’t work out so well for a government the last time I saw that practiced in a country. ”

Wow, more concise and eloquent than I’ve heard the argument put by anyone in BDS.

These are great days for freedom,


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