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Trump’s nominee for secretary of defense called the 2003 invasion of Iraq a “mistake,”
“Ladies and gentlemen, we will probably look back on the invasion of Iraq as a mistake as a strategic mistake.”
Mattis was one of the Iraq campaign’s most important ground commanders. He led the 1st Marine Division during the invasion and later oversaw the bloody retaking of Fallujah from insurgents in 2004, Mattis’s comments came during a question-and-answer session after a keynote delivered last year at ASIS International, a conference for “global security professionals” held in Anaheim, California. A conference participant provided an audio recording of Mattis’s speech exclusively to The Intercept.
“I think people were pretty much aware that the U.S. military didn’t think it was a very wise idea. But we give a cheery ‘Aye aye, sir.’ Because when you elect someone commander in chief — we give our advice. We generally give it in private.”
The truth is needed in the civilian parts of society, the Iraq War was based on misinformation and fabricated stories about weapons of mass destruction, all rules change when politicians lie, not only for art but also for military leaders, when politicians lie, a military leader has the right to say no to war.