Everyone who cheered when President Trump appointed General “Mad Dog” Mattis will be excited when they hear who he’s chosen as his new National Security Advisor.
Of course, this announcement is one that the president shouldn’t have had to have made at all. In a perfect world, his original appointee, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, would still be in the position. However, it looks more and more as if Flynn, while not one hundred percent devoid of responsibility for his own departure, was also targeted for destruction by Obama and Clinton loyalists in the intelligence community.
The White House is clearly eager to get on with the business of running the country and keeping it safe, so rather than dwell on Flynn’s ouster (and the Left’s crowing about it) they are moving forward and replacing him right away.
By all accounts, Flynn’s replacement Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, is a worthy candidate for the job. The Los Angeles Times reports:
McMaster, a career Army officer and strategist, is known as one of the military’s most prominent intellectuals.
“He is highly respected by everyone in the military, and we’re very honored to have him,” Trump said of McMaster in making the announcement while seated in the living room of Mar-a-Lago, his estate here, between a uniformed McMaster and Keith Kellogg, who had been interim national security advisor.
Writing for the Independent Journal Review, Kyle Becker lays out McMaster’s impressive c.v.
The Lieutenant General is a veteran of the 1991 Persian Gulf War. He led the outnumbered Eagle Troop of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in the Battle of 73 Easting, a battle that is now studied by military experts.
Not surprisingly, given that distinction, McMaster is a recognized military strategist, and an acknowleged expert on military history. He is widely regarged as an intellectual, but one with a moral center, who holds that any war the United States enters must be justifiable to the American people and not carried out on the whims of the President.
Lest anyone suspect that Trump only surrounds himself with “yes men,” McMaster’s appointment would seem to dispell that notion:
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.
Along with his expertise on the past, McMaster is also regarded as well-informed on current and future threats, such as cyber-warfare. This is an issue close to Trump’s heart and it will only become more urgent as technology develops.
In fact, he is described by one source as “the Army’s official futurist.”
McMaster is also an outspoken advocate for military spending and development. He has said frankly that the U.S. armed forces are “outranged and outgunned by many potential adversaries.”
Anyone rightly dejected by what happened to Lt. Gen. Flynn can at least take heart knowing that his replacement sounds like an outstanding individual, just the latest in a series of sound, solid appointments by President Trump.
Source: Independent Journal Review