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Eleazar 09:31 AM 09-16-2020
Trump says he wanted to take out Syria's Assad but Mattis opposed it

By Brett Samuels - 09/15/20 09:11 AM EDT





President Trump on Tuesday confirmed a plan was in the works to take out Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2017 and that he was supportive of it, but that former Defense Secretary James Mattis was opposed.

The president's disclosure that an assassination operation was discussed came as part of a lengthy diatribe against Mattis, but it confirmed a piece of reporting from 2018 that Trump disputed at the time.


“I would've rather taken him out. I had him all set. Mattis didn’t want to do it. Mattis was a highly overrated general," Trump said on "Fox & Friends."

The president added that he did not regret the decision not to target Assad, saying he "could've lived either way." The Syrian leader has overseen the deaths of scores of civilians amid a years-long civil war that has ravaged the country.

Journalist Bob Woodward reported in his 2018 book, "Fear," that Trump urged Mattis that the U.S. should “f------ kill” Assad following an April 2017 chemical attack on civilians in Syria.

Mattis reportedly went along with the president’s demands during the phone call, but immediately told aides after hanging up that they would take a “much more measured” approach.

Trump was asked about the reporting at the time and said the assassination of Assad was "never even discussed."

"No, that was never even contemplated, nor would it be contemplated and it should not have been written about in the book," Trump said in September 2018.


Trump on Tuesday criticized Mattis at length. Mattis resigned at the end of 2018 after Trump abruptly announced he was pulling all U.S. troops out of Syria, a decision he later reversed.

"To me, he was a terrible general. He was a bad leader, and he wasn't doing the job with ISIS," Trump said. "He was not doing the job in Syria or Iraq with respect to ISIS."

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade interjected to praise Mattis as a great American who served his country.

"I don't say he is a good American or a bad American," Trump replied. "I just say he didn't do a good job."



https://thehill.com/homenews/adminis...tis-opposed-it
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cosmo20002 09:34 AM 09-16-2020
Originally Posted by Eleazar:
Trump says he wanted to take out Syria's Assad but Mattis opposed it

By Brett Samuels - 09/15/20 09:11 AM EDT


President Trump on Tuesday confirmed a plan was in the works to take out Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2017 and that he was supportive of it, but that former Defense Secretary James Mattis was opposed.

The president's disclosure that an assassination operation was discussed came as part of a lengthy diatribe against Mattis, but it confirmed a piece of reporting from 2018 that Trump disputed at the time.
You know that thing that I said before was a lie? Yeah, I lied about that.
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Eleazar 09:37 AM 09-16-2020
When history is written the real heroes of the last 4 years will be people like Mattis who kept Trump contained and protected the world from his military and foreign policy whims.
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Donger 09:37 AM 09-16-2020
Jesus...
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loochy 09:41 AM 09-16-2020
YOU'RE TELLING ME THAT THE UNITED STATES ASSASSINATES TARGETS?!?!? SAY IT AIN'T SO!
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Eleazar 09:43 AM 09-16-2020
Originally Posted by loochy:
YOU'RE TELLING ME THAT THE UNITED STATES ASSASSINATES TARGETS?!?!? SAY IT AIN'T SO!
Yeah, what's the big deal about Trump wanting to assassinate other countries' heads of state?
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Donger 09:44 AM 09-16-2020
Originally Posted by loochy:
YOU'RE TELLING ME THAT THE UNITED STATES ASSASSINATES TARGETS?!?!? SAY IT AIN'T SO!
Assassination of foreign leaders has been somewhat frowned upon in our country since the early 1970s.
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loochy 09:47 AM 09-16-2020
Originally Posted by Donger:
Assassination of foreign leaders has been somewhat frowned upon in our country since the early 1970s.

Yes, with words.


Obviously they don't do it for optics reasons. However, I have no reason to believe that our government operates with any regard to rules or laws. They only apply when convenient.




The only shocker here is that Trump lackadaisically admits it.
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Donger 09:51 AM 09-16-2020
Originally Posted by loochy:
Yes, with words.


Obviously they don't do it for optics reasons. However, I have no reason to believe that our government operates with any regard to rules or laws. They only apply when convenient.




The only shocker here is that Trump lackadaisically admits it.
What foreign leaders have we assassinated by means other than words since the early 1970s?
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Just Passin' By 09:56 AM 09-16-2020
Originally Posted by Eleazar:
When history is written the real heroes of the last 4 years will be people like Mattis who kept Trump contained and protected the world from his military and foreign policy whims.
:-)



Yeah, that's it.
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loochy 09:59 AM 09-16-2020
Originally Posted by Donger:
What foreign leaders have we assassinated by means other than words since the early 1970s?

We haven't done it, but it's no surprise that it's not below us. Trump is just a blabbermouth.
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Donger 10:00 AM 09-16-2020
Originally Posted by loochy:
We haven't done it, but it's no surprise that it's not below us. Trump is just a blabbermouth.
So, what's your defense of this again?
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Pogue 10:01 AM 09-16-2020
Originally Posted by Eleazar:
When history is written the real heroes of the last 4 years will be people like Mattis who kept Trump contained and protected the world from his military and foreign policy whims.
:-)

That’s real rich coming from a guy that fell for Iraq WMDs and supported the Iraq War.
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Shaid 10:01 AM 09-16-2020
Trump just says whatever he thinks sounds best at the particular moment. I don't even think he realizes when he lies because it just flows out of him so naturally. It's almost instinctual.
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Just Passin' By 10:03 AM 09-16-2020
Originally Posted by Shaid:
Shaid just says whatever he thinks sounds best at the particular moment. I don't even think he realizes when he lies because it just flows out of him so naturally. It's almost instinctual.
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