Secretary of Defense performs essential job function

Apparently, that’s news to CNN:

Top military officials, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, warned President Donald Trump during an afternoon meeting Thursday that he risks escalating US involvement in Syria if he goes forward with the type of aggressive bombing campaign he has pressed for over the past week, according to US and western officials briefed on the conversation.

Trump has pushed military leaders to develop plans for a sustained assault on Syrian regime targets in response to last weekend’s chemical attack, the officials said. But Mattis and other members of the President’s national security team cautioned Trump during the meeting that such a strategy could pull the US into direct conflict with Russia and Iran.

You know, “fake news” isn’t all about reporting things that are wrong. It’s also about reporting only part of the truth, or reporting the truth in such a way that it leaves out important context.

So, Secretary Mattis informed President Trump about the risks involved in military action in Syria. That’s exactly the sort of thing a Secretary of Defense should be doing when the President is considering military action. I certainly wasn’t in on this discussion, however, I’d be willing to bet that Secretary Mattis also went over various options for what actions to take and the pros and cons of each option. If so, that means that “he risks escalating US involvement in Syria” was simply one part of the discussion.

Now, it may very well be that Secretary Mattis is against escalating U.S. involvement in Syria. This article, though, fails to prove that. Instead, it cuts out a lot of the (likely) facts and pushes the reader to infer that Secretary Mattis is against this, and thus “resisting” President Trump. It’s creating conflict out of nothing.