By way of ETP0802, “Report: Obama administration may push Mattis out.”
Last month, President Obama nominated Gen. Lloyd Austin to succeed Gen. James Mattis as the head of U.S. Central Command. The choice and its timing immediately raised questions about Mattis’ future, particularly given his standing as one of the most revered military leaders of his generation.
Mattis was typically stoic when I approached him for a response.
“I’ll remain focused on my job at CENTCOM for now and figure out the rest later,” he said in an email.
U.S. military officials have speculated for months that Mattis could leave his CENTCOM post by this summer and join civilian life. Now, though, a well-connected journalist and analyst is raising questions whether that could happen even sooner.
That well-connected journalist is Tom Ricks. Read the whole thing, and the link to Ricks’ blog. If true, not good.
(And the Ricks quote about tea vs shooting is spot on, and from my experience of watching him in action he’d switch from one to the other with no warning.)