26 December 2018

James Mattis Is Out; What Comes Next?

By Dexter Filkins

Secretary of Defense James Mattis—as he described in his resignation letter—sees America’s role in the world as an essential bulwark against chaos.Photograph by Chip Somodevilla / Getty

The wonder, of course, is that Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who announced his resignation on Thursday, ever got the job at all.

From the beginning, Mattis and his boss, President Trump, were nearly perfect opposites. Trump, lazy and self-indulgent, appears to think, when he thinks at all, almost entirely of himself. Mattis, by contrast, is

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