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#4
He had just assumed command-he was pushed out--Google is your friend although I got it from inside sources.

White House Forcing Out Celebrated Marine General | National Review Online

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Assumed Command of what?

CENTCOM - Aug 11 to Mar 13. 19 Months, which makes him the longest serving CENTCOM Commander since Gen Abizaid in 2003.

He had previously Commanded Joint Forces Command, another Unified Combat Command, thus meaning he served as a Unified Combat Commander for nearly 3 years, meaning he had held the highest Command possible in the US Military for just under 5 years. Not so much 'pushed out'.
 
#5
Assumed Command of what?

CENTCOM - Aug 11 to Mar 13. 19 Months, which makes him the longest serving CENTCOM Commander since Gen Abizaid in 2003.

He had previously Commanded Joint Forces Command, another Unified Combat Command, thus meaning he served as a Unified Combat Commander for nearly 3 years, meaning he had held the highest Command possible in the US Military for just under 5 years. Not so much 'pushed out'.
Without compromising sources at the general officer level, he was indeed forced out.
 

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#6
Interesting take on a recently retired (he did not follow the "party line" in terms of US policy regarding Iran) 4 star USMC general who was wildly popular when serving only to be forced out by politics:

Viral James Mattis Email About Reading - Business Insider


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Interesting, leaving aside the issue of wether he was pushed or jumped, I'm glad to see that the General believes such terms as "4th Generation Warfare" yadda yadda, are a load of hokum - I find it tiresome that some authors think that by inventing new terms they are being daring, original and incisive, when in fact they use them as a mask for their intellectual mediocrity. Changing the language doesn't mean you're creating a new paradigm - it just makes you think you are.
 
#7
I'd certainly have been happy to have been forced out as a 4*

Slight aside, is 4th Generation War what happens after the 3 blocks have been finished?
 
#13
The 'letting go' of Generals McChrystal and Petraeus could be justified - Mattis's not so much except he asked some very pointed, searching, and embarrassing questions of the Obama (I was going to say regime) Administration. Obama considers himself omnipotent, anyone giving advice contrary to his views is considered an adversary - the brilliant General Mattis had to pack his kit and catch the 'two o' clock train' - perhaps Mattis should have read some of Eisenhower's thoughts on the military and politics.
 

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