What Are Generals Mattis & Kelly So Afraid Of?

Tyler Durden's picture

Pragmatic top-down policy or anxious bottom-up babysitting?

Deep in the background of an AP report on the decision to replace Anthony Scaramucci with  John Kelly, The Hill reports that two of President Trump's top advisers reportedly agreed in the early days of the administration that they would not leave the United States at the same time, in order to ensure they could monitor orders coming from the White House.

The pact, revealed to The AP by an anonymous official close to Mattis and Kelly, seems to hint at the nature of the Trump administration's internal relations.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis and then-Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly also agreed in the earliest weeks of Trump's presidency that one of them should remain in the United States at all times to keep tabs on the orders rapidly emerging from the White House, according to a person familiar with the discussions. The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the administration's internal dynamics.

Both Mattis and Kelly have been active in providing clarification of executive orders released by the White House.

With Kelly now Trump's right hand, we suspect the 'control' will improve (though the tweets haven't slowed down yet). Citi was very positive on Kelly's appointment.

From a markets perspective, I see this as exceedingly positive - Kelly's appointment should lead to a tighter message, far less drama (and the accompanying headline risk) and a focus on passing Trump's business-friendly agenda. 


As an American, I am cautiously optimistic, trying to believe this transition as “bouncing off the bottom” following a difficult week for the administration. 


Trump, a graduate of adolescent military school, is expected to embrace the new, disciplined WH culture that should allow him to focus on his agenda as opposed to bouncing from controversy to tweet to controversy to tweet.

But we still wonder - as we did at the start - are Mattis and Kelly staying close to Trump by the president's pragmatic leadership demanding his highest ranking generals are close... or did they decide unilaterally that Trump should not be left alone?

And if so - what are they so afraid of?

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3LockBox's picture

What is so difficult to understand?

They are worried about a coup.

simulkra's picture

Yup. The Marines are the standout consitutionalists in the armed forces. They are the bulwark against any coup attempt.

SethPoor's picture

They are afraid of each other.

toady's picture

Kelly didn't replace the mooch... They were/are in totally different positions. An error that large in the first sentence.... well, I just stopped reading right there.

robertsgt40's picture

If I was either one of these guys, I'd be concerned the slow motion coup that's been going on since November turns hot. 

dirty fingernails's picture

What if it isn't a coup? What if its a lesson in compliance? The DS shouldn't care who sits in the seat, just that they are well behaved puppets.

johngaltfla's picture

What are they afraid of?

Maybe Trump has some holdovers from the Clinton administration which just happen to be from Arkansas.

Chupacabra-322's picture

One word:


That's what these Scum Fuck Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA / Pentagram are Afraid of.

armada's picture

It's war with Russia the're afraid of. https://goo.gl/nKJndT

MsCreant's picture

Biblical institute post. I got tricked.

Manthong's picture


These guys need to increase the lashings administered to staff in the basement bowling alley.

Kotzbomber747's picture

"or did they decide unilaterally that Trump should not be left alone?"

You ZH guys still haven't figuered out that Trump is an idiot?

He can't even be left alone with his phone and Twitter account for fuck's sake!

Manthong's picture

Oh, f me with clay spades.

Trump.. Tillerson… is this what you are all about?

tion's picture

You are outside of the IQ band needed to 'get it'. The foolish people on both sides that continue to insist the Pres is stupid humor me and make it easier to ID the low IQ know-it-alls.

HockeyFool's picture

If they have to hide the source is a tiny link its best not to play along.

divingengineer's picture

Did we just become a military junta?

doctor10's picture

that "Russian sanctions" bill they passed surely smacks of a coup.

"Russiagate" was flushed the minute the President said he'd sign

python_snake's picture

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Lordflin's picture

You clearly no nothing about the military... being the ones tasked to fight a war they are typically the ones most in favor of peace...

Conscious Reviver's picture

You're joking right? Not these two characters. Listen to Mad Dog bark at Iran. These are the guys who bombed the Syrian Army at Deir Ezzor, killing dozens while their position was under attack by ISIS. As in close air support for ISIS.

HRClinton's picture

Indeed. Neither is an "Advisor".

The COC position is basically a glorified Gatekeeper and Office Manager.

The SOD is just the prime contact at DOD.

In theory, both take their 'marching orders' from their superior: Trump. 

Cabreado's picture

"An error that large in the first sentence.... well, I just stopped reading right there."


What's up with that, Tylers?

And hours later, still no correction(?)

tmosley's picture

>the decision to replace Anthony Scaramucci with  John Kelly

Journalism is dead. Jesus fucking Christ.

07564111's picture

The US is a dead man walking. :D :D

You're zionist leaders are going to fuck you 3 times over..hedge accordingly tmosley. ;D

DomoJojo's picture

Going to? They 're done. Time to light the cigarette.

TheReplacement's picture

No shit.  It was Reince (or Rience or is it Rinse) Scaramucci and Hiro Hitler replaced him after the Nazis bombed Pearl Oyster Bar Harbor.

BarkingCat's picture

Wow.. All these down votes. 

I bet all from people who didn't recognize any of the names but Hitler.

TrajanOptimus's picture

No shit, right?

Fucking unbelieveable shitty writing skils.

Liberal university grad I bet.

Conscious Reviver's picture

Looks more like cognitive failure, not writing failure.

Conscious Reviver's picture

tmosley. 5 downvotes. Hillarious.

New_Meat's picture

Seth, ya gotta' gitcher head outta' ur ass and see where they've worked together.


Grimaldus's picture

Nothing, and I mean absolutly nothing the AP reports is credible.

I saw that and quit reading.

What a joke.

The "Associated with progressive deep state criminals Press"

To have a crime you must first have a progressive.










Moe Howard's picture

"The pact, revealed to The AP by an anonymous official close to Mattis and Kelly"


More fake news.

robertsgt40's picture

Seth, anoyher 6wk ZH member. You guys stand out like obama at a NRA rally.

MaxThrust's picture

Not if you listen to what Kay Kriggs had to say they are not.

Saucy-Jack's picture

Ahhhh, the Cherry Marines...

And Mattis is a lifelong bachelor. Hmmm...

beercandad's picture

Ahhh, the old "he's a bachelor jealousy". Some times if you want to be a goer & doer, you do better without a spouse & family.


When you are wearing a uniform (Esp. an officer in Marines) you can get all the Women that you need. ....

e_goldstein's picture

Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?

HL Mencken

Herodotus's picture

The Marines were AWOL on November 22, 1963.

HRClinton's picture

And when Hinkley almost eliminated Reagan, and Papi Bush almost got an early promotion. 

Doctor Faustus's picture

Actually, one of them wasn't. His name was Lee Harvey Oswald. Former Marine.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Also, it shows the US is on high alert military wise, the strongest men around Trump are strong military leaders speaks clearly what the situation is, it is forecast that US will engage in a massive scale war soon and the government will be militarized on the spot when the case.

HRClinton's picture

Which is why I IMMEDIATELY pointed out, when Kelly got the new job, that this is prepping for a War Cabinet

Expect a False Flag this Autumn.

We always need a pretext, a sucker punch, to bring the anti-war Americans on board. SOP.

SilverRhino's picture

Which is why 8th and I Marine barracks is RIGHT THERE in DC.  

forestgump227's picture

Hopefully there will be a coup before this fucking madman starts a nuclear war with north korea

Bay of Pigs's picture

Sadly, I think you're right.

earleflorida's picture

do we [as in them?], really believe that russia and china haven't been ready for this 'pissing contest' for the last 18 momths min.!


 the entire continent from the baltic sea to the bering sea and china down below

how many nukes could be effected in the gargantuan landmass

give me a fucking break...

 its suicide`amerikazi style!