President Trump’s first choice for national security adviser obviously ran into problems. How many of those problems were his own fault remains to be seen. Yet it was not one of the happier events in the early weeks of the Trump administration. What also remains to be seen is what the disposition will be of accusations of illegal leaks by members of the intelligence community in their effort to take down General Flynn.
However that situation works out, Mr. Trump has wasted little time appointing a new man to the position. And his choice looks to be an outstanding one. It is amazing how quickly the president can find such highly-qualified persons to fill these vital positions. It is in evidence that his team is working very well in locating excellent candidates from which President Trump can choose.
This pick for national security adviser will go over very well with conservatives. Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster is extremely qualified, being a very gifted soldier, scholar, and leader.
The Los Angeles Times reports that, “McMaster, a career Army officer and strategist, is known as one of the military’s most prominent intellectuals.” In making the announcement, President Trump said, “He is highly respected by everyone in the military, and we’re very honored to have him.”
What makes McMaster such a desirable pick for the job? Here are six reasons:
- “Lt. Gen. McMaster led troops at the Battle of 73 Easting in 1991 during the Persian Gulf War. He commanded the Eagle Troop of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment as it easily defeated Iraqi security forces, which outnumbered American troops. Military experts still draw lessons from that battle today.”
- “Lt. Gen. McMaster is a forward thinker who is looking to get ahead of the curve, whether it be on the technological, political-ideological, or unconventional warfare fronts.”
- “The Lt. Gen. speaks at length and with erudition about a wide array of security-related topics; not just conventional warfare, but disinformation, espionage, terrorism, cyber warfare, and asymmetrical warfare. McMaster is a respected intellectual in the military history and strategy fields.”
- “Especially in light of cyberwarfare carried out by Russia and China against the United States, McMaster’s appointment is reassuring due to the Lt. Gen.’s comprehensive approach to various forms of warfare and willingness to develop strategies not simply to react, but to counteract, and counter-attack to such attacks when appropriate.”
- “In his book ‘Dereliction of Duty,’ as Heavy notes, McMaster criticizes military officers and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, who served under LBJ, for not standing up to the president’s misguided military plans. Written as a Ph.D. thesis, the book now stands are ‘recommended reading’ for Colonels and Generals.
- “‘We are outranged and outgunned by many potential adversaries,’ McMaster has said. ‘[And] our army in the future risks being too small to secure the nation.'”
This is a man who not only meets and exceeds the requirements of the job, but who likely will set new standards in the performance of his duties. His tenure in this position is likely to be distilled into a book, and like his Ph.D. thesis, become recommend reading for those who follow him.
Source: Independent Journal Review