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In a hilarious attempt to attack Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Vox recently published a story titled “James Mattis is linked to a massive corporate fraud and nobody wants to talk about it.” It’s a laughable hit piece designed to connect Mattis to the fraud committed by Theranos, a health technology company.
Surprisingly enough, Vox was the only left-leaning news site that attempted to use the Theranos story to smear Mattis. Not even CNN has published anything recently about Mattis and Theranos. Nevertheless, Vox decided that somehow, someway, they would make this story relevant.
Mattis Served On The Board Of Theranos
Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos, with “massive fraud.” According to the SEC, Holmes defrauded investors out of more than $700 million. The company was sued in 2014 for selling innovative blood testing technology that wasn’t so innovative; the machines did not work.
So where does Mattis come in? I’ll let Vox tell you:
“Mattis not only served on Theranos’s board during some of the years it was perpetrating the fraud after he retired from US military service, but he earlier served as a key advocate of putting the company’s technology (technology that was, to be clear, fake) to use inside the military while he was still serving as a general.”
Gadzooks! The Secretary of Defense served on the board of Theranos. Not only that, but he also tried to get the military to consider using the company’s technology, which means he MUST have known all about the fraud right? Well, not so much.
Vox acknowledges that nobody on the company’s board was charged with any crimes. The left-wing outlet was pretty disappointed by this. They whined, “But nobody wants to talk about it. Not just Trump and his co-partisans in Congress; the Democratic Party opposition is also inclined to give Mattis a pass.”
However, Vox did grudgingly admit that it is likely that Mattis did not know about the fraud, but they still couldn’t let it go. They state that while members of corporate boards are typically “window dressing” with no knowledge of the company’s inner workings, being on the board of an organization that is involved with fraud “normally reflects poorly on a person’s reputation.”
But they didn’t stop there. Just when you thought their arguments couldn’t get any more asinine, they decided to speculate on the reasons why nobody cares about Mattis and Theranos.
Why Doesn’t Anyone Care About Mattis And Theranos?
In a desperate effort to explain the lack of interest in Mattis’ relationship with Theranos, Vox argues that the reason people are not asking more questions is that — get this — they want to avoid nuclear war. I’ll wait until you’re done laughing.
You good? Okay, let’s keep going.
Vox argues that people don’t want to attack Mattis because he is the only one who can keep our unhinged president from starting a war. “A longtime concern many people have had about Donald Trump is that while the Silvio Berlusconi era in Italy was mostly funny, putting a temperamental and ignorant man in charge of the mightiest empire the world has ever known risks leading to the deaths of millions of people,” they wrote.
They go on to state that Trump’s impulsivity has Americans worried that he might he might trigger a war of Armageddon-like proportions. According to Vox, Mattis is the only thing standing between the U.S. and a worldwide catastrophe. “In this context, Mattis is near-universally viewed as an island of stability,” they wrote. Later, they state, “If Mattis comes under pressure, he might quit or get fired, and who knows who Trump might tap to replace him.”
So the bottom line is that nobody wants to call Mattis out because they’re afraid that if he is forced to resign, Trump will lead us all into a bloody war that will claim millions of lives.
Is Vox Serious?
Unfortunately, Vox’s article was not satire — but it certainly seems like something you would read in The Onion. Here’s some reality for you Vox, Mattis is not guilty of fraud. The members of a corporation’s board of directors are typically responsible for the overall direction of the company; they usually do not involve themselves in the day-to-day operations of the organization.
The inner workings of a company are usually under the purview of the company’s officers — in this case, it would be Elizabeth Holmes and the other C-level executives. It is highly unlikely that Mattis — or any other members of the board for that matter — knew anything about Holmes’ illicit activities. Sure, they knew about the accusations, but there is no doubt that Holmes convinced them that the allegations were unfounded.
You’re right Vox. Mattis is linked to Theranos, and nobody cares. Not because they’re afraid of nuclear war, but because the whole story amounts to a big slab of nothing on a sesame bun. Try harder next time.