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The Calm Before the Storm

Jeremiah Johnson
December 26th, 2018
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Comments (64) Read by 9,164 people

Undoubtedly most of you know about some of the things that have happened this past week. The ban on “bump-fire” or “slide-fire” stocks came as a shocker to most. Many have tried to downplay it, but there is a point to be considered: when one thing is banned, it sets the stage for more to be banned. Each time this happens, the liberties we have left (not much, by the way) shrink just a bit further. I have written recently about how there is a concerted effort to destroy the United States internally, while the rest of the world moves toward globalism/socialism/communism.

The President is a “slight hiatus,” a pause in the march toward the destruction of the United States…and merely a hiatus, as the elections themselves are illusory and are predetermined long before the phony tally of ballots occurs.

The United States would not have tolerated Hillary Clinton as president in 2016. The paradigm shift is occurring as we speak, and what was not tolerated then will be embraced in 2020. In the meantime, look at what has been accomplished thus far within the first two years of the administration. Next to nothing is the answer.

The best thing that the President accomplished was to strike down the individual mandate for Obamacare by executive order, and that is the only thing that has been truly accomplished.

One by one, the President’s staff is either being replaced, or they are exiting stage left. Mattis leaves. No big deal, right? Wrong. It has created a tremendous vacuum and contributes greatly to disorganization within the administration. We are on the brink of a nuclear war. We are pulling out of the INF treaty, and Putin has announced his country’s intentions of restarting the nuclear arms race by equipping heretofore conventionally-armed missiles with warheads. Ukraine is a powder keg getting ready to blow up in our faces with Petroshenko and the Kiev government pushing for a war between NATO and Russia that they will instigate.

The departure of Mattis is a big deal, because when vacuums such as this one are created at a sensitive level as his former position, the effects can be crippling or at least temporarily paralyzing: the vacuum presents the opportunity for an enemy to strike.

This departure from Syria is much more complex than it appears on the surface. Forget the politics, and that we’re an “evil empire,” and all of that.  We’re discussing particulars and what is in place now, as we speak. In Northeastern Syria, Special Forces teams as well as CIA and other clandestine service operatives have been deeply embedded since the Obama years. Now the plug has been pulled, and all of the intricate networks that have been obtained in the area are to be curtailed. Whether a shadow-presence will be left there is likely, although conjecture at this point, but Mattis’ reaction and resignation is, most likely at a minimum, twofold:

  1. In consideration of what I just wrote, no Commander-in-Chief is privy to every motion that transpires within a given theater…and tactically, Mattis probably does not agree with the rapidity of the curtailment, from both an operational perspective.
  2. Perhaps more importantly, it may give the Russians and Iranians the perception of weakness on our part…a perception that can lead to military action on their part. At the very least, it may present a haphazard picture of the President…calling in airstrikes on Syria at the onset of his presidency where there were no real targets or objectives…and now destroying an embedded network by a spontaneous withdrawal.

I believe there is a third reason that is not as obvious. All of the signs indicate that a war…a major war…is approaching, and Mattis doesn’t have the stomach for it, because he either believes he would not be allowed to win it…or that he cannot win it. Vladimir Putin reported at a conference packed with journalists that he believes the U.S. and Russia are headed toward a nuclear war. While he said he didn’t wish it, he reiterated that Russia will fight if it has to.

I have written over and over again that it is not as simple as two men who are unable to resolve their differences as needing to fight. This is not UFC-6 (done in 1994), although the analogy is appropriate. David “Tank” [of lard] Abbott rolled around with Oleg Tartakov for about 17 minutes, before Tartakov made him tap out (before he passed out) with the choke hold. But then: even as Tartakov’s hand was being raised in victory, it was when he was supine…almost unconscious.

Both men had been at it hard and heavy and suffered from oxygen depletion (it was in Wyoming). In the end, both the victor and the vanquished were lying on the ground, and the former even needed oxygen before regaining his feet and taking the championship belt…unable to give an interview.

That is how it will be if we go to war with them or vice versa. This isn’t about nationalism or patriotism: I’m not running away to any other country, and I’m going to stay and fight when the time comes. The problem is that our country is akin to Janus…with two faces. The first face is the remnant, the remaining citizenry with heart, understanding, and compassion for the nation: decent,god-fearing citizenry who still cherish a system founded on principles of freedom and rights…rights given by God, and then recognized and written down for us by the Founding Fathers.

The second face, however, is a part of our citizens who are evil, and follow only after evil, and a government that is no longer of, by, or for the people…whose only concerns are self-preservation, promulgation and continuity of power, and the surveillance, subjugation, repression, and domination of its people.

It is this side, this evil second face that will propel us into a world war while it sips glass-bottled kombucha tea a mile underground in a bunker with their families and the other rulers while We the People burn up above…in the ultimate end run to depopulate the planet…and reemerge into a whole new world.

If you doubt it, let me reiterate it is not only possible…it is probable. Please refer to the article that I wrote recently with an excerpt from the last installment of the “Resident Evil” series…or watch the movie, and listen to the clip I excerpted. These men and women at the heights of power have no moral compass, and no compassion for the average person. In their eyes, those who follow after evil or after good can be sacrificed equally. The only ones they will allow to remain? It is not “good” or “evil” that  concerns the rulers: it is a question of their “rating” that concerns the powers that be: what do they bring to the table, and will they be obedient, subservient, and useful?

People are winding down their business and getting ready for Christmas, and all, and this, too, is a hiatus…from the reality that surrounds us…that same reality that will be there when we return. Make no mistake: this calm is temporary. The domestic economy, the world political situation, the shifting economic balance in the world, and the threats arising in different areas will still be the same. It is the calm before the storm. A storm is coming: prepare for it now while there’s still a little time, as no one else will do it for you…especially not those in power…who are the cause of the coming storm.


Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne).  Mr. Johnson is also a Gunsmith, a Certified Master Herbalist, a Montana Master Food Preserver, and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape).  He lives in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with his wife and three cats. You can follow Jeremiah’s regular writings at SHTFplan.com or contact him here.

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  1. Old Guy says:

    Mattis needed fired. He did not do as told and get our troops out of Syria. Trump expects those in his cabinet to respect his authority. He is the boss and will not hesitate to fire anyone. I agree we are a nation in decline. And its not because of politics. religion , race or even illegal immigration. Two main reasons We are involved in too many military actions in other countries. And we have too many takers and too few makers. You solve those two problems and things will vastly improve . Firing Mattis for not whithdrawing troops as ordered is a big step in the right direction. Trump telling the UN to go pound sand is a great thing.

    • cranerigger says:

      Excellent comments J.J. and Old Guy. The move of some in the USA to change the country to a socialist utopia (not in actuality) continues. As the country devolves in that direction, half the country rejoices. Those of us that have served in the military, study history, and/or can think rationally can see the problems. We have two nations (ideologies) living within the same borders.

    • jakartaman says:

      I love my President.

      Yes we will be in a major war soon – Conventional at first- but it will lead to nuclear.
      Nato/usa vs Russia/China
      Who wins – Nobody

      • Paranoid says:

        Trump is doing everything I want. 1 Pissssing off the snowflakes. 2. He isn’t HRC. 3. Building the wall if he can. 4. Appointing judges. What more can I ask for?

        • Genius says:

          Oh maybe abolish the fed reserve, abolish foriegn aid, abolish gun control, get out of all wars, Make illegal entry a felony punishable by 10 years hard labor fixing our infrastructure, Make hiring illegals the same, abolish the DHS, TSA, IRS, ATF, DEA, and a plethora of others, Imprison and execute all treasonous a-holes (including the fed) and take all their assets, the list is miles long….

          • Panther says:

            I think potus is gonna try to dismantle the fed. He is making it very well known how much he doesn’t like Powell, but he came out and said that he doesn’t believe he has legal authority to fire him. I always thought if the prez picks him, da prez can unpick (fire) him. Maybe the potus strategy is to make the pressure so intense that Powell resigns. And to show how through one fed chairman, the economy can be manipulated into a planned recession. His plan is maybe to show John and Jane public how that kind of stuff works and let them see and decide if it’s right.
            Trump seems to operate in such an unconventional way that not to many see the long game plan. My opinion is that potus was all but handing the House to the dems cause 1) the republicans that lost or resigned were anti trumpers anyway, 2) I think his plan was all along to expose the democrats for what they are…communists. From the press conference compliments
            of chuck and Nancy, we got a glimpse, through the lenses of the lapdog sycophant media, of
            exactly how power hungry and evil those two are. Just look what he did with this gubmint shut down, he said he’d take the credit, heat, blame? for it, the dems played right into his hand and look! the dems are gonna pummeled over it.
            I gotta finish painting my house

            • Archivist says:

              The President has no authority at all over the Fed. He can only choose a new chairman from a short list provided by the Fed.

              So ending the Fed is the only solution. But everyone who has tried in the past was killed. There already have been a number of attempts to kill him, so I think he will keep moving toward ending the Fed. That would make him the greatest president ever.

          • George says:

            Yes and those are the issues that Ron Paul has been trying to wake US up to for many years.Trump is just another in a line of globalist puppets

    • Anonymous says:

      Since Trump is Commander in Chief of the military, Mattis, if he disobeyed a official order in not getting troops out of Syria, would be subject to both insubordination and mutiny laws as well as getting fired.

      I imagine he was removed before things coming to this if they were ever going to.

    • Anonymous says:

      Spot on, Old Guy.

    • durangokidd says:

      Agreed. He did do what he was told but his advice was in keeping the empire policies intact even though WE cannot afford the empire. Other European nations must step up to defend themselves. They can pay for those extra costs by eliminating the 30 day vacations for their citizens at posh resorts every year.

      “One by one, the President’s staff is either being replaced, or they are exiting stage left. Mattis leaves. No big deal, right? Wrong.”

      RIGHT !!! As an ex-Marine, I was a BIG fan of Mattis initially; and still am, but the status quo the world over has to go and Mattis was supporting the status quo.

      Initially TRUMP had to add NWO types to his cabinet because the SWAMP is full of NWO CRONIES. He had to run the government ….. until he could shut it down. He is confident in the Oval Office now and he is adding the people he needs to keep his program on track.

      Bolton is a NWO NEOCON but his appointment to NSA sent a message to Kim that the Fat Kid couldn’t ignore. TRUMP has many voices making their best arguments for their positions, but in the end TRUMP weighs the info and makes his own choice.

      The recent decision to exit Syria is a good example. The NWO wanted him to stay in Syria. His advisors wanted him to stay in Syria. He didn’t see any advantage to staying in Syria having beaten down ISIS to 1 percent of their previous territory.

      Israel can handle Hamas & Iran if given the green light. TRUMP has given them the green light. All Russia wants in the Middle East is the port in Syria and they will keep it at all costs.

      In acquiescing to Turkey’s desire for the USA to exit Syria,
      TRUMP salvaged our relationship with Turkey, a NATO member and militarily powerful ally holding down the Southeast Flank of Europe. It was a very smart move, as Turkey was drifting away from the Alliance.

      Turkey has one of the top ten militaries in the world. The Kurds ….. not so much. 🙂

    • Panther says:

      “ no Commander-in-Chief is privy to every motion that transpires within a given theater“ Absolutely not true. He may not know about “every motion”, but he’s the CIC, he’s privy to all of it.
      I’m not saying I know what he’ll do next, but I understand his thinking and I damn sure trust his judgement. As far as bump stocks, I know many will say it’s another assault on the 2nd amendment, but I could care less,I have no use for bump stocks. The 2nd amendment is safe for the next 2-6 years. If it’s eliminated I’d be more worried for the folks that did it. The shit is going to hit the fan at some point. To me, it doesn’t matter how, what matters is how am I gonna handle it. All this garb about who’s gonna start whatever war to be the excuse of the day, whoever is gonna knock out our grid……whatever, none of that matters. HAVE A SOLID SIMPLE PLAN

  2. Maranatha says:

    Truman and MacArthur 2.0.

    • Kevin2 says:

      Thank God for civilian control of the military any the civilians who had the balls to exercise it. Like Truman / MacArthur JFK / LeMay, military leaders never seen a war they didn’t want to fight; their only disagreement is how. There is never a “wrong war with the wrong enemy at the wrong time”.

      • Maranatha says:

        Curtis LeMay was flat out MALEVOLENT and didn’t want to use the atomic bomb, but wanted to burn the entire nation of Japan. Everyone including babies were the enemies of America. That guy was no hero.

  3. aljamo says:

    Like moving around the deck chairs on the Titanic.

  4. Anonymous says:

    In reality, we acknowledged the governments right to ban weapons to the people in the original NFA in 1934.

    Once the right to ban firearms and related items was established by Congress and the Court in ’37, the only argument is how inclusive the ban should be.

    And who should be allowed to own them.

    This, unlike the other Bill of Rights stated rights, is fully to total control by the government as long as one person is allowed to own one type of gun after all others have been barred and banned.

    That may not be what was originally intended, but that is the reality of it has become. Be grateful you are still allowed to own any arms at all (if you are among those still allowed to own them).

    • Michael says:

      We have never acknowledged anything of the sort. The SCOTUS ruling dated May 15, 1939 was arrived at based on the error quoted from the decision below:

      “The Court cannot take judicial notice that a shotgun having a barrel less than 18 inches long has today any reasonable relation to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia, and therefore cannot say that the Second Amendment guarantees to the citizen the right to keep and bear such a weapon.
      In the absence of any evidence tending to show that possession or use of a “shotgun having a barrel of less than eighteen inches in length” at this time has some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia, we cannot say that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep bear such an instrument. Certainly it is not within judicial notice that this weapon is any part of the ordinary military equipment, or that its use could contribute to the common defense.”

      The reason the decision was based on no “judicial notice that this weapon is any part of the ordinary military equipment” was that plaintiff Miller was not represented by counsel during appeal before SCOTUS. Short barreled shotguns saw extensive use during WWI, but there was nobody representing Miller to point this out, hence the flawed decision.

  5. Old Guy says:

    Trump has a plan. Likely he will bring the troops home. secure the borders. Then the grid will go down. Martial law enacted. The troops will keep the city folks in the citys. No roaming hordes will be wreaking havoc out in the countryside. no elections will be held. Those who live out of the citys that haven’t prepped will die or willingly go to a fema camp. The government will not go after the preppers. eventually they will run out of preps or just peter out. Those who can create a sustainable lifestyle will be considred a asset not a threat. Its all about countinuation of government. Just what nation would be foolhardy enough to attack the USA when all of out military is here on US soil? A great culling will occur.

    • Beaumont says:

      I don’t understand why the grid needs to go down, or there needs to be martial law, if he is supposedly doing all this stuff under the table.

      Also, at what point in time, would you be willing to renounce this belief, if none of this stuff has happened, yet.

      • Old Guy says:

        I could easily be wrong. However what we now have is not sustainable. As for the government confiscating the rural folks food ect. The government already owns almost all of the farms because almost every one has a government guaranteed loan. There are so few that are physically & mentally prepped and have enough stored preps and are self reliant with know how. That the government will not bother with them. I think grid down because it can be easily done on purpose and someone or something other than our own government can be blamed. (False Flag Grid down. Places like My weather and area 51 etc will still have electric. The military will have electric ,fuel ,food ect. the general population will be on their own. Me I have a remote cave. 60 degrees inside year round. packed my preps in with a burro. And Trump isn’t doing anything under the Table. Guarntee him and whoever paid for those Georgia Guidestones are well aquainted. Grid down is the most plausible way to cull the usless parasite eaters. Ask yourself this? why would someone give up a billionaire lifestyle to be President. And put up with continual attack like Trump Has? He plans on being the very last president. He will declare Martial Law before the 20 -20 elections. No elections in 20 -20.Trump is a Schemer. He is very good at getting what he wants. Trump plans to bring that great body of our military personel back home to the USA soil.

        • Beaumont says:

          Respectfully, then, 20 – 20 is when you no longer believe this Q stuff?

        • Panther says:

          Old guy, that’s an interesting perspective and the reason it makes sense is cause it could work. Whether that’s the plan or not is yet to be seen. I’m not so sure about Trump being a schemer but it’s curious as to why suddenly the military is coming home. My personal opinion is that his long game plan is gonna start showing soon, meaning I think lots of folks are goin to jail. He very well may have to declare martial law and use the military due to the likes of antifa as well as other groups. Time will tell

    • Kevin2 says:

      Old Guy

      The great body of US military personnel are in Europe. The Middle East is far lower in number. The US has too few troops to keep social order in event of a disruption on the scale discussed. The grid down with electrical infrastructure damage to transformers, switchgear and generation on a large scale, largely without spare parts in sufficient number would, within two weeks, overtax all government to maintain order. Government forces will man the ramparts, “commandeer” resources for themselves under “the veneer and color of law”.

    • rellik says:

      While I like your comment,
      history tells us otherwise.
      I point to the Holodomor in Russia
      The Killing fields in Cambodia, and
      the Cultural revolution in China.
      The governments did not give any
      quarter to the rural people.
      They stole the rural peoples food
      to feed the fanatics that supported
      the government and left the rural food
      producers to starve.
      I submit that liberal American
      Democrats are no different.
      Due to my isolated location( you can’t walk or
      drive to get here)and very low
      surrounding population, we are
      not worth the effort, I’m sure
      my neighbors and I will escape
      the horrors awaiting the mainland.
      So I continue to prep, garden, raise
      farm critters, and work to be fully
      independent from Democrat society.

  6. Ketchupondemand says:

    Well put, O.G.

  7. blinky says:

    Robert David Steele claims 233 members of congress will be indicted.
    That’s a lot of elections in the near future.
    Plus Loretta Lynch is singing like a parakeet. Dropping dimes on people.
    Actually, 50 cent pieces. LOL
    She’s tricking on Barry and Killary. Oh yes, there’s a trick in every camp.

  8. There is evidence pointing to “smart” meters and Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) as means of implementation of Agenda 21 depopulation in California fires.

    I suspect the same technology was used to “dustification” the Twins in 2001.

    If everything you own is in your home and it is targeted for dustification, you have nothing. Keep at least one other location for your survival. It can be a vacation resort if you have the money or a friends house if you’re poor. Have several options, some nearby and some far away.

    Food is a weapon. Control of water is a weapon. Water is formed within the earth. Rain and snow are secondary. Our first source of water comes from deep down under the surface and comes out as freshwater springs on the surface. Recall the story of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes France. The Holy Mother Of Christ, The Immaculate Conception, showed Bernadette the spring in one of the most hallowed events ever observed. Perhaps the message is that we have no water scarcity as the devil 😈 claims. Water is abundant and renewed forever.

    _

  9. Great article except for a lot things had happen in 2018 under our current President, stock market, OBAMA Care, Supreme Court just to name a few. They’ll be more things happening for 2019 I’m sure (good and bad). Good advise though to get prepared as things will go a bit more bumpier as DEM Congress convenes soon and more unusual things happening around the world.

  10. Old Guy says:

    My advice is prep for a stone age existence for a time. If it don’t happen that’s Ok.

  11. ANGRY FROG says:

    Meanwhile at the Clever home.

    Beaver make sure you have your sweater on it’s cold outside.

  12. Nonplused says:

    People who think they can survive a nuclear war by waiting it out in a bunker are delusional. A full on nuclear war will not only dose the planet with radiation from the nuclear weapons involved, but it will also put into the atmosphere all of the nuclear material inside the world’s reactors, but most worrisome of all also all of the accumulated nuclear waste that has been stored since the beginning of the nuclear age. Since most of it is uranium and plutonium, the world will be uninhabitable for hundreds of thousands of years. This is a best case scenario assuming that the “nuclear winter” doesn’t kill all the plant life. So when the bunker dwellers run out of food, water, or diesel fuel for their generators they will all die too. There will be no escape.

  13. Professor James says:

    Ok. I have read all of your comments. And most of what has been said is male bull-xhit. All of the “end times” scenarios, prepping, sleeping with my gun by my side, living in some hole in the mountains, or planning to do so…Please stop. Just stop.

    Is there a globalist movement? You bet. Are there people planning for a one world government? Yes. A cashless world government and control like you would never believe, I believe, is coming.

    But a NUCLEAR WAR? The ones in power know you could not control it. They would be subject to the fallout just like any poor sucker. And let’s not forget who has Nukes… Just about everybody who is a major power.

    What they want is a huge conventional war. You know, tanks, machine guns, planes, bombs, ect. It keeps the bucks rolling in…on every level. The bankers (those who fund wars) are happy. The generals are happy. Weapons manufacturers are happy. The media is happy. Hollywood is happy. Newsreels, war films, stars entertaining the troops, ect.

    And finally, someone rides in at the appointed moment, to make the peace, and, never letting a crisis go to waste, establishes a New World Order.

    And that, my friends is when the director yells “Cut”

  14. Genius says:

    What do Fred Flintstone and Saddam Hussein have in common?
    Every time they look out their window they see Rubble 😛

  15. Sarcastic1 says:

    Dude…Jeremiah…chill with the Russia fear, man! Russia is not a 1/10th of what it was as part of the Soviet Union. Unless it’s a NUCLEAR war, Russia would get clobbered. No, it wouldn’t be as ‘easy’ as Iraq was, for sure, but still it’s not an open question. Now of course, that assumes a war would stay non-nuclear but I don’t see any reason it would go that way. Even in a “war” the US would never push for taking over and taking control of Moscow or chunks of Russia. It would be a war fought to treaty, not to the end.

    Even if China jumped into such a conflict, it wouldn’t go their way. Though China would be most apt to sit it out and try to just grow their power during such a conflict. Great opportunist, the Chinese usually are!

    In short- I get the warning and yes, nuclear war….BAD. But other than that, while it would still be terrible, it’s hardly the end of the world, or of the American superpower. Now our Economy on the other hand…that may well be the death of us.

  16. Jimbo says:

    Regardless of our unique intelligence pool, leaving God out of our planning makes us a fool.

  17. lena says:

    trump is/was just one last lap around the track where the usa was #1 in the world and the usa of Reagan and kennedy and ike made an appearance and it looks like that time may already be passing with the fed, global slowdown and dems rady to take the house as bu 2024 and maybe by 2020, nough states will have flipped to be permanent democrat; that there will be no turning back.

    I really do not see a reason for Russia to start a war considering they are now hitched to china a will ride it out on china’s back while the usa is swamped with the welfare state taking the majority into socialism.

    AND, you cannot prepare for what is coming, it’s going to be 3rd world usa at some point. only those with a undebted farmhouse in the country with its own water supply got a chance at surviving over any time over a year.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Or maybe a back door deal. Maybe one that we will see in coming future.
    Most likely a deal that we will never know about. Much like the sailors taken by the Iranians not long ago. With all the training and tech you actually believe they where off course? Not a chance!
    Obummer was making an exchange of sorts. Something was delivered!

  19. Maranatha says:

    The threat from nuclear war is most likely to result from cascading events in response to a trigger. The most likely triggers are a flare up in tension from Iran due to Islamic fundamentalists trying to bring about the 12th Imam / Mahdi. Or crazy as a loon Kim in North Korea overreacting or getting openly caught sending in infiltrators into South Korea or a coup possibly triggered by a more rational Chinese puppet. Or an India vs Pakistan scenario.

    Some nation responds to any of those threats and then other nations respond to their countermoves, and so forth until it inevitably causes Russia, China, and the USA to countermove as well. It is unlikely for the three main players to initiate Armageddon but rather crazy events end up causing us to respond and heighten tensions.

  20. TheGuy says:

    Here’s the thing with Communism.

    I get what you idiots are thinking. Resource scarcity, right? Gotta do it, right? Kind of the same way that Globalism prevents nuclear war because any aggressor nation would be nuking its own economy in the process?

    Here’s the problem, morons.

    How long has every Communist regime lasted. 50 years? 75 maybe?

    You think you got resource problems now? What happens when all your shit internally collapses, dimwits?

    Think of something better, and make it snappy. We ain’t paying you to get blown by interns.

  21. mark says:

    personally, I think …the “power people” think soros,rockefeller among others, will panic IF the U.S.of A. gets up off her knees, then in panic cause eastern europe to explode, think the black sea theater,resulting in a conventional war…which putun WILL loose, but will in all probability go nuke to try to preserve his fiefdom,REMEMBER, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  22. Mr. West says:

    Any time I hear someone say that Trump has only one real accomplishment, I immediately think Never Trumper. Then my suspicion is confirmed when I hear how irresponsible it is for us to exit Syria.

    Trump has accomplished thousands of things for the food of this country, and I agree with 98%. Only a leftist sees only one accomplishment.

  23. Broken Arrow says:

    A few comments…

    If the new york times is acting like Mattis is a good guy, they are so bought and sold and corrupt that there’s no way he can be a good guy.

    There’s no way Iran is going to first strike the US on anything, they dont want war. Russia doesn’t either, and i’m pretty sure even if they might see some temporary weakness in changing of the guard here, they still know what mutually assured destruction means. They just keep hoping we will stop losing our minds. They dont have any of their nextgen weapon systems online yet which they would need to carry on anything afterwards, they aren’t ready for a war like that. In five years it may be a different story though.

    The current President runs nothing, he’s given orders before that have been completely ignored. If systems are moving in the direction of picking a fight early the loss of Mattis is irrelevant when even Trump just seems to be idling along when only the orders that others want to follow are obeyed as it is already.

    Where this leaves things i’m not sure but i’m convinced it changes things.

  24. David says:

    It’s true the rich and politicos will go underground before the coming nuclear war. It’s recorded in the Bible, the time of the Sixth Seal of Revelation:
    Revelation 6:
    15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
    16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
    17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

    They will not escape though.

  25. Archivist says:

    I think Mattis is simply retiring, or he’s moving on to another position, perhaps related to taking out the deep state criminals.

  26. Maranatha says:

    Looks like Turkey and Syria are gearing up for a major offensive too.