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Mattis Savages Obama for ‘Catastrophic Decisions’ in Foreign Policy

Tue Sep 3, 2019 AT 1:47 PM EST

Mattis makes clear in Call Sign Chaos that he believes Obama bungled Middle East policy and, as a result, sent American allies around the world a dangerous message.

(AP)

Though former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis only mentions his last boss, President Donald Trump, in the opening pages of his new book, the Washington establishment seems certain the tome on leadership is directed at him, with one observer calling it “mainly a 100,000-word subtweet.”

Mattis says he won’t discuss a sitting president, though it seems clear he disdains Trump’s leadership style. But he is scathing about a former president in Call Sign Chaos:Learning to Lead, which is released today, and he doesn’t hesitate to name him: Barack Obama.

The former general’s opinion of Obama, for whom Mattis was head of U.S. Central Command from 2010 until 2013, might be summed up by a single entry in the book’s index: “Obama, Barack, strategic thinking lacking.” Read Full Story

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