IN THE HOT SEAT
CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR THE KREMLIN
If Moscow was happy about the Syria pullout, it’s ecstatic about Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ resignation.
Mattis bent the knee to Trump on the border stunt, Yemen war, and transgender troop ban. National-security professionals worry that his Pentagon replacement will be far worse.
WHAT COMES NEXT?
The ‘Late Show’ host seemed to surprise his audience with the breaking news.
That was more than a letter of resignation provided today by Defense Secretary James Mattis. It was a bright red line in American history.
NOTHING REALLY MATTIS
The Pentagon chief quit after Trump announced plans to withdraw troops from Syria and just before he ordered a drawdown in Afghanistan.
YOU HAD ONE JOB
The secretaries of state and defense went to Capitol Hill to shore up support for Saudi Arabia. It backfired.
The Pentagon chief said he didn’t have the authority to order troops to open fire on the caravan’s unarmed migrants. So DHS got the authority from the White House.