It is IN CASE OF EMERGENCY BREAK GLASS time.
Mattis is leaving and he resigned in the most admirable way imaginable. He wrote a polite yet powerful resignation letter that, I believe, will tip the scales of this presidency.
There will be a before Secretary Mattis’ resignation and an after Secretary Mattis’ resignation.
The center will not hold.
Carl Sandburg has been my enduring poet since I was twelve, but now I turn to Yeats.
The Second Coming
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
Source: The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats (1989)
The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats
Statement from US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Secretary Mattis’ resignation
“It is regrettable that the President must now choose a new Secretary of Defense. But I urge him to select a leader who shares Secretary Mattis’s understanding of these vital principles and his total commitment to America’s servicemembers.”