The General was shown the door. Obama is declaring the end to war dontchaknow!/S
I'd bet BO and Mattis had very different visions of drawdown in Afghanistan.
“U.S. general “militarily uncomfortable” with Afghan date”
“But we fight wars for a political reason. I hope we do. I hope we are not just fighting for the fun of it,” said Mattis, answering questions after making one of his first major speeches since being appointed to the post last year. Some U.S. and NATO officials have said a spike in violence and problems in building up a capable Afghan army and police force to take over could make it hard to meet the 2014 goal.
Mattis said the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan were under the most significant pressure since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion “and we intend to keep it that way.”
“The security progress is undeniable,” he said.
“In key areas in Afghanistan the enemy is disoriented and on the defensive,” Mattis said, although he said there would be very tough fighting ahead...”
General Lloyd Austin, United States Army
“On 1 September 2010 he became Commanding General of US forces Iraq at a ceremony at the al-Faw palace in Bagdad, Iraq after the US combat missions ended...”