Yet another appointed general roils the Trump administration by resigning
On Tuesday, CBS News reported that retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni, who had been tapped by the State Department as an envoy to Qatar, is resigning his post:
Zinni resigned after realizing he could not help resolve the Qatar dispute "because of the unwillingness of the regional leaders to agree to a viable mediation effort that we offered to conduct or assist in implementing," he told CBS News. Zinni also felt there was no need for his involvement with the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) concept — a NATO-style security alliance — that he was asked to introduce to regional leaders, since other members of the administration are carrying it forward.Zinni's departure makes him one of several generals to exit President Donald Trump's administration.
Others include former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was caught up in the special counsel investigation and pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his interactions with a Russian ambassador; H.R. McMaster, who replaced Flynn but who was later forced out by Trump over policy disagreements; former Homeland Security Secretary and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who left with his reputation in tatters after a series of lies and scandals; and former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who blasted Trump as incapable of leadership on his way out the door.
Once upon a time, it was a point of alarm that Trump had so many generals in his administration, the fear being that they would push him in too far of a military direction. In the end, however, the military leaders in Trump's cabinet do not seem to have had a significantly different career trajectory or degree of influence over the president's thinking than anyone else in this frenzied, Kafkaesque administration. And as turnover continues to mount, chaos will too.