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ANALYSIS – With President Joe Biden struggling to take the reins of government amid numerous dangers and crises, former Secretary of Defense and four-star Marine Corps General, Jim Mattis warns that the U.S. is in danger of ‘destroying’ its democracy from within. At a talk presented by the OSS Society on Thursday, Mattis said there are “internal threats right now” to the basic underpinnings of our democracy.

In his remarks he mentioned the Capitol riots and the mushrooming $27 trillion national debt.

At one point in his talk, according to Task & Purpose, Mattis specifically, if not by name, mentioned President Trump whom he served: “What we saw on Jan. 6 fomented by a sitting president…” Accusing Trump of fomenting the riot at the Capitol is fairly similar to “inciting” the riots, which the Democrats in the House are impeaching Trump for.

However, Mattis was apparently careful not to refer to the riots as an “insurrection” as the impeachment articles charge. As I have noted previously, Trump was irresponsible in his actions and rhetoric prior to the January 6 riot, but calling it an “insurrection,” or claiming President Trump deliberately incited it, is far from reality.

Almost half of the Senate agrees and calls the impeachment bogus and unconstitutional.

Mattis adds that these “internal problems” are as dangerous as any threats America has faced in its history.:

These are internal problems that I would classify with every bit as much gravity as the external problems and perhaps more so if you go back through our history and look at what this does in other nations and what it’s done to our nation when we went through periods like this.

Mattis is spot on in his concerns over the current internal threats to the Republic.

However, while Mattis mentions the national debt, the Capitol riot and Trump, he apparently failed to mention many months of nationwide violent riots, looting, arson and property destruction aimed at our law enforcement community, radical calls to defund the police, and calls for revolution by the far left.

Nor does he note the growing danger of the ‘police state’ being proposed by some Democrats and ex-members of the intelligence community, using the Capitol riot as a pretext, that former Democrat presidential candidate, Tulsi Gabbard is warning of, and I wrote about here.

These are all equally, if not more serious domestic threats to the Republic, and need to be understood and managed equally. Had Mattis mentioned these other dangers, his warning would carry much more weight with the majority of Americans.

However, his comments noting that democracy is not a default form of government is also spot on.

“How many of us realize we have no ordained right to exist, that every generation has had to fight for freedom in this, what George Washington in his first inaugural called an experiment?” Mattis said, according to Task & Purpose.

He also repeated the famous quote attributed to Ben Franklin of what kind of government had been formed after the Constitutional Convention — “A republic if you can keep it.”

“We don’t hear that anymore,” Mattis said. “And we’ve got to get back to that and understand how precious this is.”

Indeed, we do, General. But to be valid, that warning must apply to all sides of the political spectrum in America. Not just one.


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Richard Hennessy
Richard Hennessy
1 year ago

The greatest threat to our Country from within was the Supreme Court’s doing when it failed in its responsibility to hear an election fraud case and either validate or correct the election results. Political Chief Justice Roberts is a disaster!!

Jean
Jean
1 year ago

YES—-DITTO!!!

Eugene
Eugene
1 year ago

very well said thank you

schmed
schmed
1 year ago

Evidence much? Besides, as SCOTUS ruled, it goes against federalism and basic concept of standing for Texas to butt in about how other states run their elections.

Peter Wiggin
Peter Wiggin
1 year ago
Reply to  schmed

Giggle…

…uh, they didn’t hear the case

Cathy
Cathy
1 year ago
Reply to  schmed

Ignorant much? Go educate yourself.

dave holt
dave holt
1 year ago
Reply to  schmed

Plenty of evidence; Roberts is a coward and so are you.

MustangUSNO4
MustangUSNO4
1 year ago
Reply to  schmed

The states suing other states was to prevent going to war against each other. Fight your issues in court. Also to prevent states from splitting off from the USA. Texas is a republic.

James I corcoran
James I corcoran
1 year ago
Reply to  schmed

YOU SOUND LIKE A REAL CONSTITUTIONAL LAW SCHOLAR……MARXIST

Patricia
Patricia
1 year ago
Reply to  schmed

Theu are controlled by the mafia all of them are! They wouldn’t even look at rhe evidence, but no matter, this is being exposed and all the evidence will be known as well as all their crimes against humanity!

Sher
Sher
1 year ago

I wish all 71 million people or whatever the number was would write the Supremes and demand fairness.

Tim Kuehl
Tim Kuehl
1 year ago

You can add every other federal and state court that refused to take the voter fraud cases presented to them even when they had credible evidence and/or sworn testimony of witnesses to the fraud.
In addition to Roberts you can add the backstabbers Goresuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett, all three whom President Trump had their backs. I had heard none of them wanted to do their sworn duty to uphold the Constitution because they were afraid the evidence would overturn the vote count and they might have to make the decision, what they are on the Court to supposedly do, to allow the state legislatures to choose the electors, which the Constitution authorizes them to do.

Madeleine
Madeleine
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim Kuehl

Zuckerberg paid the Judges $400 million to lose the cases. Texas knew they were cheating. Most honest people voted for President Trump The QVS figure was 81% of the Country. A World Wide record. By the way, Justice Roberts is very compromised, he was part of the Bush 9/11 disaster, and he was compromised with video evidence of raping and murdering a child. Thats how the CIA operate

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
1 year ago

So true

Peter Wiggin
Peter Wiggin
1 year ago

Robert’s screaming at the rest that a Constitutional Crisis due to Presidential Election was too serious for the SCOTUS and dangerous to “public health”…

Cathy
Cathy
1 year ago

You nailed it!!!

Kathy
Kathy
1 year ago

AMEN TO THIS TEXT!!!RIGHT ON!!! SUPREME COURT FAILED ON THIS!! SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THIS ON!!

Botanica2072
Botanica2072
1 year ago

Agreed. But Mattis should take a long look in the mirror too. After all, his betrayal played a part in permitting all the insanity to happen, and giving mad joe biden the opportunity to steal control.

kate
kate
1 year ago
Reply to  Botanica2072

Follow the money and see if the general is corrupt or just ignorant. GOD WINS.

James I corcoran
James I corcoran
1 year ago

COMPROMISED PEDO UNDER OBUMMERS THUMB

ALRF
ALRF
1 year ago

Richard ……add the DemoRats party to the greatest threat to our country

Jean
Jean
1 year ago

Insurrection—SEDITION? That is EXACTLY WHAT THE SIGNERS BE OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE FACED—TREASON? YES they committed TREASON!!! They “PAID” with their LIVES AND FORTUNES!!!!
SOON it will lie with those who love freedom to face the same choices under TYRANNY….WHEN TYRANNY BECOMES LAW….”III”…1776….THEN REBELLION BECOMES DUTY!!!!

Keith Breedlove
Keith Breedlove
1 year ago

What does GEN Mattis think of the 60-day witch hunt within the military, imposed by SECDEF Austin, to root out the new boogyman “[white] extremism?” Is he going to be alright with it when the miltary is told to raise its’ right hand and swear allegiance to a progressive head of state, maybe #StolenPOTUS biden, but more likely #StolenVPOYUS harris?

CPTBJHESQ
CPTBJHESQ
1 year ago

No kidding

Paul Robinson
Paul Robinson
1 year ago

He is too busy counting all the shekels to think.

Peter Wiggin
Peter Wiggin
1 year ago

The already are worshiping the new Church of State…

…”public health” overrules ALL Constitutional Rights

SCOTUS actions prove it…

Cathy
Cathy
1 year ago

That is my biggest worry, and everyone’s telling me the military takes an oath to protect “We the people”. Yeah right. They follow the leaders baby. Just like the gestapos followed Hitler. Do they have a choice? I’m not an informed army person. I’m a 64 yr. old grandmother who feels the army will eventually do the bidding of the disgusting powers that be. God help us.

Raconteur
Raconteur
1 year ago
Reply to  Cathy

If the officer corps can be convinced that the conservative American is a terrorist (or a terrorist waiting to be unleashed), then the military will indeed turn on its own countrymen and do the bidding of the leftist elites.