UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Former US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said the United States could not live without its allies, days after the Group of Seven summit at which President Donald Trump tried to reconnect with key US partners.
The former Marine general warned of “internal divisions” in a country where “hostile tribes live screaming at each other,” in an excerpt from his memoirs published in The Wall Street Journal.
“It is often said in the Marines: When you go to war, bring all your friends armed,’ ‘ wrote Mattis, who resigned in December 2018 over intractable disagreements with Donald Trump.
He explained that “the leader must show a sophisticated strategy that maintains respect for the nations that were at our side in times of risk.”
Criticizing Trump’s isolationist policy, Mattis said that “countries with allies are flourishing and those without allies are waning.” He said the United States “alone cannot protect our people and our economy.”
The excerpts from Mattis ‘memoirs, which are expected to be published in full on September 3, were released hours before the first press conference of Mattis’ successor at the Pentagon’s head, Mark Esper.
Asper took office in July and will have to lead the withdrawal of a large portion of US troops deployed between Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria at the behest of Donald Trump, in a direction that Matisse strongly opposed.
“When my tangible solutions and my strategic advice, especially on maintaining the confidence of our allies, were not heard, the time had come to resign,” Mattis said of his resignation from the Pentagon.
“What worries me most as a militant is not our external adversaries, but the internal division,” he said
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