I’ve been dealing with a particularly heavy cold this week, and my only hope was that everyone would just BE COOL and not start World War III while I was sick. I was completely hazy yesterday and I took a very strange and long nap, and when I woke up and turned on MSNBC, it was like WWIII started while I was asleep. The Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis, has suddenly resigned because of Donald Trump’s ill-informed decision to pull troops out of Syria. In addition to that, it looks like a government shutdown is going to happen, the stock market is going haywire, Republicans are freaking out and Fox News is trying to force Trump to build The F–king Wall.
Mattis was often billed as “the adult in the room,” someone who wasn’t a Deplorable wingnut, someone who actually understood how to run the Pentagon. Maybe that’s true, I have no idea. I do know that his resignation seems to be freaking out all of our allies, and I also know that Mattis was never going to save us – it’s bizarre to think that anyone who would willingly agree to be part of the Trump Administration wasn’t already compromised beyond belief. So Trump enters the Christmas season without a chief of staff, a Secretary of Defense, an Attorney General and more. Trump also says that the government shutdown will “last for a very long time.”
Here’s another way to look at everything:
— Yoni Appelbaum (@YAppelbaum) December 21, 2018
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