More; a lot more. Here are two points out of several:
- In his dealings with the White House, Mattis also tried to change the strategic framework, insisting that we need to plan not just for what we assumed Iran might do, but also for what Iran was capable of doing. I am told this was not a welcome thought.
- The Mattis-Donilon disagreements weren’t just about Iran. Other issues on which Mattis was pushing the White House to think deeper and harder, I am told, were “Afghanistan, concerns about Pakistani stability, [and] response to the Arab spring.”
Read and think. What will the Middle East and the Gulf look like this time next year? In January 2017? (And note the typical spokespunk weaseling at the end.)
This ain’t the time to gut the military and play ostrich. But there you have it.