General Mattis to retire

December 20, 2018

Gen. James Mattis announced that he is retiring as Secretary of Defense in February.  This will mark a serious loss to the Administration, as he has been one of the best Defense Secretaries in history.  I hope President Trump can find a replacement who has the same level of military experience, candor, character and mutual respect with the troops, but that will be a very tall order.

In Mattis’ gracious resignation letter, he urged the President to be "resolute and unambiguous" in approaching countries with strategic differences, citing China and Russia, and said he has “the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/defense-secretary-james-mattis-to-retire-at-the-end-of-february-trump-says

It’s too early to read too much into his letter in trying to explain Mattis’ motivations for resigning now (staff changeovers are common after two grueling years), but that isn’t stopping the media from doing so.  For instance, much is being made of the timing of the resignation coming one day after the announcement of all 2,000 US troops being withdrawn from Syria, but for all we know, that might be coincidental.  It’s been reported that Mattis was strongly opposed to the pullout as well as the breaking news of many troops being removed from Afghanistan. But I’d rather wait until we hear from Mattis himself, although being the embodiment of a good soldier, he might not tell us. 

As for that withdrawal of troops from Syria, the response from other Republicans is mixed.  Senators Lindsay Graham and Marco Rubio called it a major blunder and warned that Trump will regret it because America will have to go back in again when things deteriorate once more.  On the other hand, Sen. Rand Paul, who has long opposed endless foreign troop commitments, praised Trump for keeping one of his major campaign promises.  Meanwhile, Trump tweeted that America can’t be the policeman of the world, and that with ISIS defeated in Syria, it’s up to Syria, Iran, Russia and other local opponents to keep them from coming back.

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-reveals-reason-behind-syria-exit-early-morning-tweets/]

Personally, nobody would like to see our troops come home more than I would.  But pulling them out of Syria abruptly is a betrayal of the Kurds, who have sacrificed and shed blood bravely fighting ISIS with us.  It leaves  them and Syrian Christians as sitting ducks for both Syria and Turkey.  I strongly urge President Trump to reconsider this decision. 

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  • Ruston Hill

    12/24/2018 12:48 PM

    Thanks for your insight sir. As a career Army officer having experienced multiple deployments, I have to say I agree with the POTUS. I think we had some business in Afghanistan, but after spending 30 months there since my initial deployment in 2002, the mission has changed dramatically and I'm not sure what we are doing there still. I think we had much less business in Iraq, probably none, and I think we have zero national interest in Syria whatsoever. It seems that's been a debacle from day one. It seems that Russia and Assad are doing more for Christians (who are mostly Orthodox) than anything we've done. After all, Russia, having an Orthodox Christian ethos, sees itself as the protector of Orthodox Christians in that region. Our current foreign policy is almost entirely ignorant of Orthodox Christianity and the role it plays in socio-political issues in Eastern Europe and Russia, extending through the Levant which was once the most Christian region in the world. The enemy there is radical Islam, the same folks we are, and have been, supporting in Syria against Assad.

    Regarding GEN Mattis, I am a lover of that man and his service. He's an American hero, butturned out to be a disappointment as SECDEF. I expected him to clean house on the Obama appointees in the DOD, but he didn't. I expected him to be an America-First nationalist like my President, but he turned out to be a neo-con globalist. I have served under him for the past two years but honestly can't see or feel any difference in the Army between his administration and that of Ash Carter. From everything I can see from my foxhole, he maintains the establishment support of the military industrial complex, DOD contractors (Kellogg, Brown, and Root, etc.) in all of their lucrative war-mongering that gets young men and women killed to line the pockets of their business partners in countries where America has no real national interest.

  • Daniel

    12/24/2018 11:15 AM

    Why is it that everyone has a conscience when they work for a Republican?

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    12/23/2018 09:47 AM

    I agree with Trump on the Syria pullout...It's their yard, deal with it. We cannot continue to police the world. There are larger countries who have more people to do this...

  • Beverly Stevenson

    12/23/2018 06:20 AM

    I totally agree with you on this Syria pullout. I think it is a big mistake (for exactly the reasons you gave). I hope our president changes his mind now. I am also concerned with Turkey’s growing influence in Syria as it seems their president wants greater involvement there (he is too hardline in my opinion). I fear for Christians in that whole area I also am sure that it is far more complicated than I can imagine. Thank you for your wise consul on the issues. Prayers for you and certainly for our president, all in his administration, and this country that I love!

  • JohnnyE

    12/23/2018 12:56 AM

    Have people already forgotten that a force of Russian mercenaries organized by one of Putin's oligarch friends attacked the American base in Syria? So now trump is giving away Syria to Russia! I doubt if Israel would like this major change in the Middle East power structure happening on its border. Comrade trump is destabilizing the world.

  • JohnnyE

    12/23/2018 12:42 AM

    General Mattis couldn't have been clearer in his resignation letter. He considers trump's ignorance of world affairs and trump's erratic behavior to be a threat to our nation and the world. He's telling Congress to stop playing partisan politics and to do something about it before it's too late. This isn't some stoopid reality show that trump is engaged in. How could the Republicon Party degenerate so quickly from having a super-qualified statesman like George H.W. Bush who set the stage for world peace, to a crass con man like trump who is fulfilling the agenda of Vlad Putin and acting on the advice of renowned big-mouthed drug-addict bigots like Rush Limbo.

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/12/21/1820758/-James-Mattis-didn-t-simply-resign-he-pulled-every-fire-alarm-at-the-Pentagon-on-the-way-out

  • Linda Johnson

    12/22/2018 04:06 PM

    I'm with Trump all the way! Trump has been handed an impossible hand. But if he has any hope of keeping our country strong, we must at this late hour start taking care of ourselves. I was glad that someone on Fox News read what our Founding Fathers said about alliances. It is okay to have them, but they should not be a permanent fixture as they have been ever since WWI, I believe. We have given and given and given, but who is there to help us? Absolutely no one. And now even God Almighty may turn his back on us. Trump needs to do what he has to do to put America first. The kurds have been there for probably thousands of years, as have all the other players in this scenario. We cannot make bad men good. We cannot make Muslims Christians. Only God can do that. And now on God can save us from our own foolish alliances!

  • Leroy Becker

    12/22/2018 11:59 AM

    Could it be that the American troops left in Syria are also potential sitting ducks? But will recent history repeat itself? If so, what then?

  • Holly Cortez

    12/22/2018 11:40 AM

    Since the various tribal factions have been fighting each other for thousands of years, should we stay in Afghanistan for ever and baby sit them. We no longer need oil and gas from the middle east, which is why we got into this mess in the first place. Let that region deal with their problems and suffer because of them.

  • James wilcher

    12/22/2018 09:57 AM

    I agree that the pullout is an abandonment. Please if you can ask the president to read a book titled Emperial Hubris. Its a good read and may help.

  • Mary L. LaMar

    12/22/2018 09:27 AM

    I am sickened by President Trumps announcement about Syria and Afghanistan. This gives the MSM one more opportunity to show him as an impetuous fool. How is this any different from what Obama did in Iraq? And, I felt like Obama threw away the gains that we made and every American life lost was for nothing. Trump has many accomplishments and I would still have to vote for him over someone like Hillary, but I would like to see him make wiser decisions.

  • Ann DeVries

    12/22/2018 05:49 AM

    I am praying he changes his mind to. He heard notes this earlier in the year and he changed his mind. I know God is in control and that he changes the minds of rulers however he wants them to go. Prime for our President

  • Peter Dubois

    12/22/2018 05:44 AM

    Mike,
    Although I can see strategic/tactical reasons for retaining US troop presence in Syria, I also think that there are more pressing priorities and duties.
    I would be much more inclined to support any and all international efforts by US military forces anywhere on earth to provide protection, security, rescue and/or humanitarian assistance for others, but only AFTER the current 40,000 homeless US Veterans are properly attended to.
    And, if Congress suffered the same rate of suicide as US Veterans, the entire Congress would change every 28 days. Maybe that would draw appropriate attention to a tragic problem.
    And, sure, there is a ‘Brand New Daze’ alright Oprah…since there are an estimated 65 sexual assault crimes PER DAY in the US military. MeToo65x/Day?
    Lincoln entrusted us with the enduring duty of care towards Veterans and their families. Yet, not only do we tolerate US Veterans sleeping outdoors at night, in winter, under a bridge, we cannot guarantee that the bridge won’t collapse upon them given the crumbling state of our nation’s infrastructure.
    Yet, we have obligated generations of American taxpayers to borrow and spend trillions of dollars to wage war and restore the infrastructure of other nations around the world.
    Great nations collapse due to moral decay from within. And, 153 years is long enough to fix a problem. Ending Veteran homelessness salvages our dignity, not theirs.
    Let’s end Veteran homelessness now.
    Best regards,
    Peter Dubois

  • Lisa Lee

    12/22/2018 05:38 AM

    Dear Mike Huckabee, (I revised this just a bit to be more accurate)!

    I so appreciate your input when it comes to General Mattis resigning! I am exceedingly grateful to your daughter's commitment to doing a fine job in supporting our President! She is just completely level-headed & smart & grounded both ethically & morally, beautifully! Which is a reflection on the tremendous upbringing she has been blessed to have had by her parents!!!

    First, I think it is right for President Trump to fight for this Border Wall! That was one of his campaign promises! I was tremendously sad that General Flynn did not fulfill his assignment & that General Mattis has given his resignation letter to President Trump! That was just a disappointment, altogether!

    Bro. Kenneth E. Hagin had a vision with Jesus. Jesus had revealed to him that he would judge the church, not the President on the Judgment Day . . . because we have been given a mandate to pray for our President and leaders.

    Our President truly needs prayer! If he gets misguided, it is because he needs prayer, Sir! Where have our old-fashioned principals and values gone? We've got to get back on our knee's! President Trump cannot fight all hell by himself! He needs intercessors!

    My Grandfather was a N. China Marine Embassy Guard & became a POW in World War II! They were captured by the Japanese and ordered to surrender by our side! He spent 4 yrs. of his life in a Japanese prison camp working bare footed in coal mines and in wet conditions in freezing cold temperatures. He ate one cup of rice and drank one cup of water for 4 yrs of his young life!

    He came home a living skeleton along with his fellow POW survivors! Afterwards, he fought in the Korean war! I had the privilege of growing up with he and my grandmother when I was a young child! So, I understand a lot about the military mindset! And I know what it is like to live with a war hero & committed American who had suffered many wounds... in which, many of that generation most likely suffered from PTSD, etc., but they just didn't talk about it much! That was a different generation altogether! Those were real Americans & I'm proud of my grandfather!

    As you, I could not understand why we pulled our troops out of Afghanistan? However, as a Christian I understand there is also a spiritual battle going on! Right now, our President is targeted! He is the one who needs our prayers! If you want to do something good, somehow, rally the troops (Christians) for united prayer for our President! He needs it on an on-going basis, please! I plead with you for this!

    Now, I want to share with you an experience that I had with the Lord! I won't share with you all of the details that led up to this conversation, because it is personal, but I'll share this! I had been upset with what some Christian leaders had done. The Lord had known what I was thinking . . . and He reminded me that He had taught me a lot about spiritual warfare! And he let me know that those leaders in the front have the largest attack by the biggest demons, while the common Christian has smaller demons to deal with! And, He showed me that when a Christian who is well known, let's say, and is in the media, and they fall, the average Christians point their fingers at them and say, "Look at what they've done!" But that the Lord conveyed to me that they should pray instead of pointing the finger! Furthermore, Jesus, let me know that the average Christians can pray for the Christians who are up front . . . in the front lines of battle, and it will make a difference in helping them so they don't fall temptation to the devil's schemes for them and instead will rather overcome and be victorious in Christ! (I'm paraphrasing a bit as this was conveyed to my spirit by the Lord & I understood Him) But I am sharing this for the purpose that we understand that our President needs our prayers most earnestly! I plead with you for this!

    He may have gotten blindsided . . . the guy has been battled upon on many fronts! I'm sure you know best as your daughter daily goes to war with the mainstream media and liberal mindsets! (And she's doing a fine job, I might add and I'm sure you are so very proud of her)!

    I think our troops should have stayed in Afghanistan and not left abruptly! That leaves a vacuum & I agree with you about the Kurds and our fellow Christian brothers and sisters who have been battling the evil which is ISIS! But, I understand, that we need to pray for our leaders and the Lord allowed me to get a glimpse of why that is!

    President Donald J. Trump has been heroic and an exceptional President! He is also a human being! Organizations of witches etc. have vowed to do evil to him! Fellow Christian friends have gone through a lot during this time as well! Distractions, things happening etc.--all to try to prevent us from praying! We've got to get back focused on praying for our Nation, the Nation of Israel and the World! I believe there will be a great awakening before Jesus returns! I believe our President has been chosen for such a time as this!

    I have often pondered these verses of scripture that were written around the early 1600's, I believe!

    Here they are: 1 Corinthians 15:52 "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last "trump": for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

    1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the "trump" of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

    I believe Jesus is Coming Soon!

    The bible is clear what we should do... it is in Joel 2! Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther! Nineveh hearkened to the Prophet Jonah and they turned from their wicked ways!

    If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

    Please don't give up on our President . . . but rather, let us pray for him, daily! He needs our prayers!

    God continue to bless you for all you do, Mike Huckabee & your daughter, Sarah, and thank you for all you do for America & our President with your voice, prayers and pen!!! America is in great need of more people like you!

    I pray that God will allow the Wall to get built and that the shut down does not last very long to get it done! May God surround our President daily with mighty angels of the living God to keep him protected! May God help us as a nation to return to Him . . . to return to our First Love! May the Lord give wisdom, guidance and direction to our President, daily! If it be the Lord's will that our troops remain in Afghanistan for a bit longer that God would reveal this to our President! May President Donald J. Trump have the courage he needs and stamina/strength to do all that God has foreordained for him to do! May God surround the President with the best people possible to help him to fulfill what God wants our President to do for Him and may God bless & protect our President & First Lady in Jesus name, I pray, Amen! And may God also bless & protect all those who do help our President in Jesus name! Amen!!! Finally, may God Bless America!!!

    P.S. Josef Stalin had this to say about America:
    “America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its "patriotism," its "morality," and its "spiritual life." If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”

    America's Patriotism has been under attack! Our President is trying to bring it back! He's also been trying to help our Vets!
    Morality has been under attack in America! We really need to get it back!!!
    Christianity has been under attack in America! President Donald J. Trump has been defending our Christianity! Our Judeo/Christian heritage!

    Keep shining your light, "Mike Huckabee," you are making a profound difference!

    Sincerely,

    Lisa

  • Lisa Lee

    12/22/2018 03:11 AM

    Dear Mike Huckabee,

    I so appreciate your input when it comes to General Mattis resigning! I am exceedingly grateful to your daughter's commitment to doing a fine job in supporting our President! She is just completely level-headed & smart & grounded both ethically & morally, beautifully! Which is a reflection on the tremendous upbringing she has been blessed to have had by her parents!!!

    First, I think it is right for President Trump to fight for this Border Wall! That was one of his campaign promises! I was tremendously sad that General Flynn did not fulfill his assignment & that General Mattis has given his resignation letter to President Trump! That was just a disappointment, altogether!

    Bro. Kenneth E. Hagin had a vision with Jesus. Jesus had revealed to him that he would judge the church, not the President on the Judgment Day . . . because we have been given a mandate to pray for our President and leaders.

    Our President truly needs prayer! If he gets misguided, it is because he needs prayer, Sir! Where have our old-fashioned principals and values gone? We've got to get back on our knee's! President Trump cannot fight all hell by himself! He needs intercessors!

    My Grandfather was a N. China Marine Embassy Guard & became a POW in World War II! They were captured by the Japanese and ordered to surrender by our side! He spent 4 yrs. of his life in a Japanese prison camp working bare footed in coal mines and in wet conditions in freezing cold temperatures. He ate one cup of rice and drank one cup of water for 4 yrs of his young life!

    He came home a living skeleton along with his fellow POW survivors! Afterwards, he fought in the Korean war! I had the privilege of growing up with he and my grandmother when I was a young child! So, I understand a lot about the military mindset! And I know what it is like to live with a war hero & committed American who had suffered many wounds... in which, many of that generation most likely suffered from PTSD, etc., but they just didn't talk about it much! That was a different generation altogether! Those were real Americans & I'm proud of my grandfather!

    As you, I could not understand why we pulled our troops out of Afghanistan? However, as a Christian I understand there is also a spiritual battle going on! Right now, our President is targeted! He is the one who needs our prayers! If you want to do something good, somehow, rally the troops (Christians) for united prayer for our President! He needs it on an on-going basis, please! I plead with you for this!

    Now, I want to share with you an experience that I had with the Lord! I won't share with you all of the details that led up to this conversation, because it is personal, but I'll share this! I had been upset with what some Christian leaders had done. The Lord had known what I was thinking . . . and He reminded me that He had taught me a lot about spiritual warfare! And he let me know that those leaders in the front have the largest attack by the biggest demons, while the common Christian has smaller demons to deal with! But, he let me know that the average Christians can pray for the Christians who are up front . . . in the front lines of battle, and it will make a difference in helping them so they don't fall temptation to the devil's schemes for them and instead will rather overcome and be victorious in Christ! (I'm paraphrasing a bit as this was conveyed to my spirit by the Lord & I understood Him) But I am sharing this for the purpose that we understand that our President needs our prayers most earnestly! I plead with you for this!

    He may have gotten blindsided . . . the guy has been battled upon on many areas! I'm sure you know best as your daughter daily goes to war with the mainstream media and liberal mindsets! (And she's doing a fine job, I might add and I'm sure you are so very proud of her)!

    I think our troops should have stayed in Afghanistan and not left abruptly! That leaves a vacuum & I agree with you about the Kurds and our fellow Christian brothers and sisters who have been battling the evil which is ISIS! But, I understand, that we need to pray for our leaders and the Lord allowed me to get a glimpse of why that is!

    President Donald J. Trump has been heroic and an exceptional President! He is also a human being! Organizations of witches etc. have vowed to do evil to him! Fellow Christian friends have gone through a lot during this time as well! Distractions, things happening etc.--all to try to prevent us from praying! We've got to get back focused on praying for our Nation, the Nation of Israel and the World! I believe there will be a great awakening before Jesus returns! I believe our President has been chosen for such a time as this!

    I have often pondered these verses of scripture that were written around the early 1600's, I believe!

    Here they are: 1 Corinthians 15:52 "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last "trump": for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

    1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the "trump" of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

    I believe Jesus is Coming Soon!

    The bible is clear what we should do... it is in Joel 2! Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther! Nineveh hearkened to the Prophet Jonah and they turned from their wicked ways!

    If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

    Please don't give up on our President . . . but rather, let us pray for him, daily! He needs our prayers!

    God continue to bless you for all you do, Mike Huckabee & your daughter, Sarah, and thank you for all you do for America & our President with your voice, prayers and pen!!! America is in great need of more people like you!

    I pray that God will allow the Wall to get built and that the shut down does not last very long to get it done! May God surround our President daily with mighty angels of the living God to keep him protected! May God help us as a nation to return to Him . . . to return to our First Love! May the Lord give wisdom, guidance and direction to our President, daily! If it be the Lord's will that our troops remain in Afghanistan for a bit longer that God would reveal this to our President! May President Donald J. Trump have the courage he needs and stamina/strength to do all that God has foreordained for him to do! May God surround the President with the best people possible to help him to fulfill what God wants our President to do for Him and may God bless & protect our President & First Lady in Jesus name, I pray, Amen! And may God also bless & protect all those who do help our President in Jesus name! Amen!!! Finally, may God Bless America!!!

    P.S. Josef Stalin had this to say about America:
    “America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its "patriotism," its "morality," and its "spiritual life." If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”

    America's Patriotism has been under attack! Our President is trying to bring it back! He's also been trying to help our Vets!
    Morality has been under attack in America! We really need to get it back!!!
    Christianity has been under attack in America! President Donald J. Trump has been defending our Christianity! Our Judeo/Christian heritage!

    Keep shining your light, "Mike Huckabee," you are making a profound difference!

  • Lisa Lee

    12/22/2018 03:10 AM

    Dear Mike Huckabee,

    I so appreciate your input when it comes to General Mattis resigning! I am exceedingly grateful to your daughter's commitment to doing a fine job in supporting our President! She is just completely level-headed & smart & grounded both ethically & morally, beautifully! Which is a reflection on the tremendous upbringing she has been blessed to have had by her parents!!!

    First, I think it is right for President Trump to fight for this Border Wall! That was one of his campaign promises! I was tremendously sad that General Flynn did not fulfill his assignment & that General Mattis has given his resignation letter to President Trump! That was just a disappointment, altogether!

    Bro. Kenneth E. Hagin had a vision with Jesus. Jesus had revealed to him that he would judge the church, not the President on the Judgment Day . . . because we have been given a mandate to pray for our President and leaders.

    Our President truly needs prayer! If he gets misguided, it is because he needs prayer, Sir! Where have our old-fashioned principals and values gone? We've got to get back on our knee's! President Trump cannot fight all hell by himself! He needs intercessors!

    My Grandfather was a N. China Marine Embassy Guard & became a POW in World War II! They were captured by the Japanese and ordered to surrender by our side! He spent 4 yrs. of his life in a Japanese prison camp working bare footed in coal mines and in wet conditions in freezing cold temperatures. He ate one cup of rice and drank one cup of water for 4 yrs of his young life!

    He came home a living skeleton along with his fellow POW survivors! Afterwards, he fought in the Korean war! I had the privilege of growing up with he and my grandmother when I was a young child! So, I understand a lot about the military mindset! And I know what it is like to live with a war hero & committed American who had suffered many wounds... in which, many of that generation most likely suffered from PTSD, etc., but they just didn't talk about it much! That was a different generation altogether! Those were real Americans & I'm proud of my grandfather!

    As you, I could not understand why we pulled our troops out of Afghanistan? However, as a Christian I understand there is also a spiritual battle going on! Right now, our President is targeted! He is the one who needs our prayers! If you want to do something good, somehow, rally the troops (Christians) for united prayer for our President! He needs it on an on-going basis, please! I plead with you for this!

    Now, I want to share with you an experience that I had with the Lord! I won't share with you all of the details that led up to this conversation, because it is personal, but I'll share this! I had been upset with what some Christian leaders had done. The Lord had known what I was thinking . . . and He reminded me that He had taught me a lot about spiritual warfare! And he let me know that those leaders in the front have the largest attack by the biggest demons, while the common Christian has smaller demons to deal with! But, he let me know that the average Christians can pray for the Christians who are up front . . . in the front lines of battle, and it will make a difference in helping them so they don't fall temptation to the devil's schemes for them and instead will rather overcome and be victorious in Christ! (I'm paraphrasing a bit as this was conveyed to my spirit by the Lord & I understood Him) But I am sharing this for the purpose that we understand that our President needs our prayers most earnestly! I plead with you for this!

    He may have gotten blindsided . . . the guy has been battled upon on many areas! I'm sure you know best as your daughter daily goes to war with the mainstream media and liberal mindsets! (And she's doing a fine job, I might add and I'm sure you are so very proud of her)!

    I think our troops should have stayed in Afghanistan and not left abruptly! That leaves a vacuum & I agree with you about the Kurds and our fellow Christian brothers and sisters who have been battling the evil which is ISIS! But, I understand, that we need to pray for our leaders and the Lord allowed me to get a glimpse of why that is!

    President Donald J. Trump has been heroic and an exceptional President! He is also a human being! Organizations of witches etc. have vowed to do evil to him! Fellow Christian friends have gone through a lot during this time as well! Distractions, things happening etc.--all to try to prevent us from praying! We've got to get back focused on praying for our Nation, the Nation of Israel and the World! I believe there will be a great awakening before Jesus returns! I believe our President has been chosen for such a time as this!

    I have often pondered these verses of scripture that were written around the early 1600's, I believe!

    Here they are: 1 Corinthians 15:52 "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last "trump": for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

    1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the "trump" of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

    I believe Jesus is Coming Soon!

    The bible is clear what we should do... it is in Joel 2! Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther! Nineveh hearkened to the Prophet Jonah and they turned from their wicked ways!

    If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

    Please don't give up on our President . . . but rather, let us pray for him, daily! He needs our prayers!

    God continue to bless you for all you do, Mike Huckabee & your daughter, Sarah, and thank you for all you do for America & our President with your voice, prayers and pen!!! America is in great need of more people like you!

    I pray that God will allow the Wall to get built and that the shut down does not last very long to get it done! May God surround our President daily with mighty angels of the living God to keep him protected! May God help us as a nation to return to Him . . . to return to our First Love! May the Lord give wisdom, guidance and direction to our President, daily! If it be the Lord's will that our troops remain in Afghanistan for a bit longer that God would reveal this to our President! May President Donald J. Trump have the courage he needs and stamina/strength to do all that God has foreordained for him to do! May God surround the President with the best people possible to help him to fulfill what God wants our President to do for Him and may God bless & protect our President & First Lady in Jesus name, I pray, Amen! And may God also bless & protect all those who do help our President in Jesus name! Amen!!! Finally, may God Bless America!!!

    P.S. Josef Stalin had this to say about America:
    “America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its "patriotism," its "morality," and its "spiritual life." If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”

    America's Patriotism has been under attack! Our President is trying to bring it back! He's also been trying to help our Vets!
    Morality has been under attack in America! We really need to get it back!!!
    Christianity has been under attack in America! President Donald J. Trump has been defending our Christianity! Our Judeo/Christian heritage!

    Keep shining your light, "Mike Huckabee," you are making a profound difference!

  • Lisa Lee

    12/22/2018 03:05 AM

    Dear Mike Huckabee,

    I so appreciate your input when it comes to General Mattis resigning! I am exceedingly grateful to your daughter's commitment to doing a fine job in supporting our President! She is just completely level-headed & smart & grounded both ethically & morally, beautifully! Which is a reflection on the tremendous upbringing she has been blessed to have had by her parents!!!

    First, I think it is right for President Trump to fight for this Border Wall! That was one of his campaign promises! I was tremendously sad that General Flynn did not fulfill his assignment & that General Mattis has given his resignation letter to President Trump! That was just a disappointment, altogether!

    Bro. Kenneth E. Hagin had a vision with Jesus. Jesus had revealed to him that he would judge the church, not the President on the Judgment Day . . . because we have been given a mandate to pray for our President and leaders.

    Our President truly needs prayer! If he gets misguided, it is because he needs prayer, Sir! Where have our old-fashioned principals and values gone? We've got to get back on our knee's! President Trump cannot fight all hell by himself! He needs intercessors!

    My Grandfather was a N. China Marine Embassy Guard & became a POW in World War II! They were captured by the Japanese and ordered to surrender by our side! He spent 4 yrs. of his life in a Japanese prison camp working bare footed in coal mines and in wet conditions in freezing cold temperatures. He ate one cup of rice and drank one cup of water for 4 yrs of his young life!

    He came home a living skeleton along with his fellow POW survivors! Afterwards, he fought in the Korean war! I had the privilege of growing up with he and my grandmother when I was a young child! So, I understand a lot about the military mindset! And I know what it is like to live with a war hero & committed American who had suffered many wounds... in which, many of that generation most likely suffered from PTSD, etc., but they just didn't talk about it much! That was a different generation altogether! Those were real Americans & I'm proud of my grandfather!

    As you, I could not understand why we pulled our troops out of Afghanistan? However, as a Christian I understand there is also a spiritual battle going on! Right now, our President is targeted! He is the one who needs our prayers! If you want to do something good, somehow, rally the troops (Christians) for united prayer for our President! He needs it on an on-going basis, please! I plead with you for this!

    Now, I want to share with you an experience that I had with the Lord! I won't share with you all of the details that led up to this conversation, because it is personal, but I'll share this! I had been upset with what some Christian leaders had done. The Lord had known what I was thinking . . . and He reminded me that He had taught me a lot about spiritual warfare! And he let me know that those leaders in the front have the largest attack by the biggest demons, while the common Christian has smaller demons to deal with! But, he let me know that the average Christians can pray for the Christians who are up front . . . in the front lines of battle, and it will make a difference in helping them so they don't fall temptation to the devil's schemes for them and instead will rather overcome and be victorious in Christ! (I'm paraphrasing a bit as this was conveyed to my spirit by the Lord & I understood Him) But I am sharing this for the purpose that we understand that our President needs our prayers most earnestly! I plead with you for this!

    He may have gotten blindsided . . . the guy has been battled upon on many areas! I'm sure you know best as your daughter daily goes to war with the mainstream media and liberal mindsets! (And she's doing a fine job, I might add and I'm sure you are so very proud of her)!

    I think our troops should have stayed in Afghanistan and not left abruptly! That leaves a vacuum & I agree with you about the Kurds and our fellow Christian brothers and sisters who have been battling the evil which is ISIS! But, I understand, that we need to pray for our leaders and the Lord allowed me to get a glimpse of why that is!

    President Donald J. Trump has been heroic and an exceptional President! He is also a human being! Organizations of witches etc. have vowed to do evil to him! Fellow Christian friends have gone through a lot during this time as well! Distractions, things happening etc.--all to try to prevent us from praying! We've got to get back focused on praying for our Nation, the Nation of Israel and the World! I believe there will be a great awakening before Jesus returns! I believe our President has been chosen for such a time as this!

    I have often pondered these verses of scripture that were written around the early 1600's, I believe!

    Here they are: 1 Corinthians 15:52 "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last "trump": for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

    1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the "trump" of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

    I believe Jesus is Coming Soon!

    The bible is clear what we should do... it is in Joel 2! Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther! Nineveh hearkened to the Prophet Jonah and they turned from their wicked ways!

    If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

    Please don't give up on our President . . . but rather, let us pray for him, daily! He needs our prayers!

    God continue to bless you for all you do, Mike Huckabee & your daughter, Sarah, and thank you for all you do for America & our President with your voice, prayers and pen!!! America is in great need of more people like you!

    I pray that God will allow the Wall to get built and that the shut down does not last very long to get it done! May God surround our President daily with mighty angels of the living God to keep him protected! May God help us as a nation to return to Him . . . to return to our First Love! May the Lord give wisdom, guidance and direction to our President, daily! If it be the Lord's will that our troops remain in Afghanistan for a bit longer that God would reveal this to our President! May President Donald J. Trump have the courage he needs and stamina/strength to do all that God has foreordained for him to do! May God surround the President with the best people possible to help him to fulfill what God wants our President to do for Him and may God bless & protect our President & First Lady in Jesus name, I pray, Amen! And may God also bless & protect all those who do help our President in Jesus name! Amen!!! Finally, may God Bless America!!!

    P.S. Josef Stalin had this to say about America:
    “America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its "patriotism," its "morality," and its "spiritual life." If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”

    America's Patriotism has been under attack! Our President is trying to bring it back! He's also been trying to help our Vets!
    Morality has been under attack in America! We really need to get it back!!!
    Christianity has been under attack in America! President Donald J. Trump has been defending our Christianity! Our Judeo/Christian heritage!

    Keep shining your light, "Mike Huckabee," you are making a profound difference!

  • Pat Vozza

    12/22/2018 12:32 AM

    I agree with you about pulling out of Syria too soon. I am sure it’s a catch 22, so to speak. Will ISIS make a big comeback? Will Al Queda? And will Russia and other countries help. I am not feeling very confident about it all, but I know so little.

  • Eileen Mullen

    12/21/2018 06:30 PM

    I Totally agree with you Governor. We must stand by the Kurds & the Christians suffering persecution and death at the hands of ISIS.
    God help us if this move proves to be disastrous.

  • J Howard Markley

    12/21/2018 06:30 PM

    Regarding the GoFundMe effort to raise money for the Wall. Update 8
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    WE CAN GIVE THE FUNDS TO THE GOVT!! we need HR 7207 lumped in with Gov Funding Bill!
    CONTACT YOUR REPS NOW INFORM EVERYONE

    I spoke to Rep Warren Davidson and the bill is ready but will only work if passed now with funding bill before Dems take control.

    https://www.congress.gov/member/warren-davidson/D000626

  • Kevin J Cook

    12/21/2018 06:19 PM

    Does anyone remember Trump saying that we will be paid to defend other countries? Well, it’s long time past that we pull out of the Middle East unless they want to Start paying

  • Joseph

    12/21/2018 05:45 PM

    Trump might have just done the one thing that will stop him from getting re-elected in 2020. If he does this withdrawal he will be playing right in Barry's Deep State Plans and exactly what ISIS has been waiting for. Doesn't anyone especially Trump remember what happened when Barry pulled all the troupes out of Iraq? ISIS is not defeated they just change strategy and have infiltrated our local , state and federal governments. There are still hundreds of thousands of moslem terrorists still out there waiting to strike and to go against a General like Mattis is Political suicide. Time for all American politicians to start listening to the Generals and not the polls if they truly do want to serve and protect this Country.

  • NANCY BRENDLINGER

    12/21/2018 03:52 PM

    I fullly agree with you and Graham and Rubio. I think this is a serious mistake. Please let my concerns also be added.

  • Mary Blair

    12/21/2018 03:42 PM

    I join you in urging President Trump to reconsider his decision to withdraw our troops from both Syria and Afghanistan. I am concerned about the Christians who are facing persecution in the Middle East as well as our Nation's security. In my view, national security is the primary role of the Federal Government

  • Bob Mason

    12/21/2018 03:24 PM

    Agree that Mattis is a serious loss and by pulling our troops out in Syria we once again prove that we cannot be trusted!