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He fetishized the military but the generals have had it with feckless, reckless Trump | Ross Barkan

Gen Mattis’s skewering of the president is to be savoured but military discontent is not the bellwether of a true resistance

Donald Trump, like all strongmen, fetishizes military might. He dreams of parading armies down the streets of Washington. He exalts men with weapons the way football fans deify their favorite quarterbacks.

General discontent: how the president's military men turned on Trump

Trump once based his cabinet around retired generals but his Syria policy lurch has brought unprecedented military scorn on his head

Four-star US generals and admirals are a taciturn bunch: they measure their words, qualify their statements and guard their silence out of loyalty to the armed forces and to their country.

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'He earned his spurs from a doctor': Gen James Mattis mocks Donald Trump – video

The ex-defence secretary is laughing off an insult hurled at him by the US president. Speaking at a New York charity event a day after Trump demeaned him as ‘the world’s most overrated general’, Mattis joked that he took it as a compliment. ‘I’m honoured to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress,’ he said. ‘So I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals’

'He earned his spurs from a doctor': James Mattis mocks Trump

Ex-defence secretary responds to US president calling him ‘the world’s most overrated general’

The former US defence secretary James Mattis has laughed off an insult hurled at him by Donald Trump.

Speaking at a New York charity event on Thursday, the day after the US president demeaned him as “the world’s most overrated general”, Mattis joked that he took it as a compliment.

Bernard-Henri Lévy: Trump's Syria withdrawal is 'a nightmare and completely predictable'

The French philosopher condemns Trump for withdrawing troops: ‘I don’t know which of his justifications is more stupid’

As Congress joined the widespread condemnation of Donald Trump’s withdrawal of US forces from northern Syria and exposed the Kurds living there to Turkish assault, the French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy has launched a stinging attack on a “fundamental betrayal” of both the Kurds and American values.

US marine in classic Iwo Jima photo was wrongly identified, historians find

Military confirms identity of Harold ‘Pie’ Keller, three years after the discovery of another misidentified figure in the image

It’s a case of mistaken identity for a celebrated second world war photograph: six troops raise up an American flag in Iwo Jima, Japan. The photo has been printed in history books, displayed in museums, and even won a Pulitzer Prize. But for over 70 years, one of the figures appears to have been misidentified.

US seizes only two British Isis prisoners in Syria, leaving others

Despite earlier briefings that 40 were taken, only ‘Beatles’ duo said to be under US control

US forces in north-east Syria were able to seize only two British Islamic State prisoners, leaving behind a cluster of others despite previous briefings that about 40 had been forcibly taken from Kurdish custody.