The likely incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee told reporters before Trump announced the Syria withdrawal that he did not think that Mattis is losing influence in the Trump administration.
“I think he’s losing allies,” Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) told reporters at a Dec. 12 Defense Writers Group breakfast. “His influence is probably as great as it’s been but John Bolton is a more problematic national security advisor than H.R. McMaster.”
Without McMaster, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House Chief of Staff retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, there are fewer people in the White House with which Mattis can work, Smith said.
The situation is analogous to an episode of “The Office,” in which the two main characters go away for a trip, Smith said.
“Oscar in the office says when Jim and Pam are on their honeymoon: ‘There’s a very delicate balance between crazy and sane in the office and with Jim and Pam away on vacation the balance has shifted in a bad direction.’ That’s similar to the way I look at the White House.”
Maj. Matthew Golsteyn in Afghanistan. (Photo courtesy of Philip Stackhouse.)
Army Special Forces Maj. Matthew Golsteyn – whom President Donald Trump has called "a U.S. Military hero" – will face an Article 32 hearing in March after being charged with murder for allegedly killing a suspected Taliban bomb-maker.
On Dec. 18, the convening authority for Golestyn's case decided to hold the preliminary hearing in connection with the Feb. 28, 2010 incident, Army officials have announced. The proceedings are slated to start on March 14 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
A Middle Georgia man arrested last spring in an online child-sex sting set up by investigators at Robins Air Force Base will spend at least a decade in prison after pleading guilty in federal court here Tuesday.