CENTCOM Commander on Iran: "We Caught Them in the Act and We Let Them Walk Free"

It's going to knock out the London stock exchange or Wall Street because we never drew a line and said, 'You won't do it."

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It is likely that General Mattis' willingness to be blunter than usual about Obama Inc's missteps may be because he's being shoved out the door.

Word on the national security street is that General James Mattis is being given the bum's rush out of his job as commander of Central Command, and is being told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned.

And so...

The U.S. made a serious mistake by not responding more assertively to an alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States in a bomb attack on a popular Washington restaurant, just-retired CENTCOM commander James Mattis said.

"When we finally caught them in the act of trying to kill Adel, we had a beleaguered attorney general, a fine man but beleaguered politically, stand up and give a legal argument that frankly I couldn't understand," Mattis said at the Aspen Security Forum. "We caught them in the act and yet we let them walk free."

Without being specific, Mattis suggested Iran should have suffered some more serious consequence for being behind the alleged plot.

"Frankly, I‘m not sure why, again, they haven’t been held to account," he said. "They have been basically not held to account....I don’t know why the attempt on Adel wasn’t dealt with more strongly."

Mattis said the U.S. and its allies were risking even more aggressive Iranian attacks on their soil by not creating firmer consequences for the attempted bombing in Washington.

"We've got to be very careful of avoiding confrontation with Iran because right now with their cyber effort, they're like children balancing lightbulbs full of nitroglycerin. You get the picture? One of these days they're going to drop one and it's going to knock out the London stock exchange or Wall Street because we never drew a line and said, 'You won't do it.'...It's also very important once and a while that we say, 'This is what we absolutely will not tolerate'."

I'm sure General Mattis knows that this administration has zero deterrence capabilities. There isn't any attack on America that it won't meet with tolerance and understanding.

Just ask Major Nidal Hasan. Or his victims.