SOFX strives to be apolitical whenever possible but that is not always feasible. General Matthis is a highly decorated and respected military officer and former, recent Secretary of Defense with over 50 years of government experience. His comments about a sitting president, while political, are out of the ordinary and highly relevant to ongoing current events in the U.S. To not publish them would be a glaring journalistic omission and leave out a major opposition view of a debate that affects our readership directly and indirectly.
“There is a period in which I owe my silence. It’s not eternal. It’s not going to be forever.”, James Mattis said after he had stepped down from being the Secretary of Defense in protest of Trump’s Syria policy. Mattis has expressed his disappointment in Trump publicly after a long streak of silence. He believes that Trump using the military to intervene with protestors and not giving states the choice to use the military is an infringement of rights. He believes that in doing so Trump is diving the country even more. He claims that the protestors are asking for a basic agreement in the constitution that every citizen has the right for.