Retired general James Mattis was seen as a measure of calm and stability – in a White House swirling with chaos and unpredictability.
Now, he has resigned as US Secretary of Defense, after disagreements on foreign policy with the president.
His departure comes as Donald Trump ordered a withdrawal of US forces from Syria… and suggestions he’ll pull thousands out of Afghanistan too.
In his resignation letter, Mattis said he believes in treating allies with respect.
Trump’s announcement certainly took the friends of US by surprise…and left many wondering if it is a dependable ally.
So with Mattis gone, who will now try and control an unpredictable president?
Presenter: Imran Khan
David DesRoches – professor of Near East studies at National Defense University
Habib Wardak – founding member of Transparency Afghanistan and national security analyst
Andreas Krieg – assistant professor at Defence Studies Dept., King’s College London
Source: Al Jazeera News