Media Ignores James Mattis After Reporters Learn He Criticized Obama
Case in point, General James "Mad Dog" Mattis. Mattis resigned over the president's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. The most famous living Marine cited his concerns about what would happen to our Kurdish allies in the case of a precipitous withdrawal. That's a legitimate point, whether you agree with it or not.
However, the media decided to use that and Mattis' upcoming memoir to try to goad him into personally attacking the president, which the soldier-turned-statesmen refused to do.
RedState further reports:
The current story is that Mattis is writing his memoir and that got the media press corp really excited. You see, because Mattis left on rocky terms from the Trump administration, including a fairly forward resignation letter, the expectation was that he was going to blast Trump.
So you got headlines like The Man Who Couldn't Take It Anymore from The Atlantic and The Man Trump Wishes He Were from The New York Times. You could almost see the foam forming around their collective mouths. They were about to get another tell all they could fluff for weeks, and if that meant rehabilitating a person they used to hate in James Mattis, then that was a price they were willing to pay.
Then something happened. While Mattis' book laid into a President, it just so happened to be the wrong President in the media's eyes. That would be Barack Obama.
In one excerpt, Mattis criticized Obama's foreign policy naivete:
President Obama came out vocally against Mubarak, insisting that in Egypt, "we were on the right side of history." Having read a bit of history and found that events, good and bad, had been "written" by both good and evil characters, I put little stock in the idea that history books yet to be written would somehow give yearning Arabs what they fervently desired today.