A column this week by former Defense Secretary James N. Mattis that blasted President Trump’s “America First” theme did not disclose that Mr. Mattis holds a senior position at the Cohen Group, a firm that dedicates itself to making business deals in China.
H/T: The Washington Times
Mr. Trump’s get-tough approach toward China — tariffs and prohibitions on Beijing’s cyberproducts — is generally counter to the Cohen Group’s objective of bringing Chinese and U.S. companies together in multimillion dollar deals.
Mr. Mattis wrote, in a broad indictment of Mr. Trump’s foreign policy:
The United States today is undermining the foundations of an international order manifestly advantageous to U.S. interests, reflecting a basic ignorance of the extent to which both robust alliances and international institutions provide vital strategic depth. In practice, “America first” has meant “America alone.” That has damaged the country’s ability to address problems before they reach U.S. territory and has thus compounded the danger emergent threats pose.
In January, when President Joe Biden and his national security team begin to reevaluate U.S. foreign policy, we hope they will quickly revise the national security strategy to eliminate “America first” from its contents, restoring in its place the commitment to cooperative security that has served the United States so well for decades. The best strategy for ensuring safety and prosperity is to buttress American military strength with enhanced civilian tools and a restored network of solid alliances—both necessary to achieving defense in depth. The pandemic should serve as a reminder of what grief ensues when we wait for problems to come to us.
Trump’s foreign policy has damaged the United States’ ability to address problems before they reach U.S. territory, compounding the danger emergent threats pose, argue former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, @KoriSchake, Jim Ellis, and @JoeFelter.https://t.co/op9pC7YBAX— Foreign Affairs (@ForeignAffairs) November 24, 2020
That says it all about Mattis. Obama fired him. I should have fired him sooner. Did best work after he was gone. World’s most overrated general! https://t.co/2i4jPWAAPA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2020
💯Im ashamed I share the title of Marine with deepstate disgraced General Jim Mattis— 🇺🇸LAD🇮🇪The_Impaler-PRESIDENT ELECT (@USMC_3) November 24, 2020
💩Mattis would like to see a transition away from a United States international policy of America first
🖕🤬 you sir🖕
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"Treachery has existed as long as there’s been warfare" - James Mattis https://t.co/yTxnKfUM1p— Jeff Carlson (@themarketswork) November 24, 2020
Mike Pompeo fires back at 'dead wrong' Mattis criticism of 'America First' foreign policyhttps://t.co/HGGxuhQbHL— Ben Owen, President-Elect (@hrkbenowen) November 25, 2020
James Mattis declared in an article in Foreign Affairs on Monday that the “America First” foreign policy had damaged national security, and called on Joe Biden to “eliminate ‘America first'” from U.S. strategy. https://t.co/3eadDBeqks— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) November 24, 2020