On Monday, the White House announced Army Lt. General H.R. McMaster as the replacement for Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser.
McMaster was not one of the top candidates suggested by administration sources after President Trump’s first choice, retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, declined the position. Over the weekend, President Trump began interviewing three new candidates, along with the current temporary occupant of the position, retired General Keith Kellogg. McMaster was one of the three, along with former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and West Point superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen.
According to the White House announcement, Kellogg will continue serving under McMaster as chief of staff for the National Security Council.
Thomas Ricks at Foreign Policy predicted McMaster would be Trump’s choice for National Security Adviser on Monday morning, describing him as “smart, energetic, and tough.”
“He has good combat experience, he was a good trainer, and he led the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment well in his deployment to Iraq, most notably in pacifying Tell Afar, to the west of Mosul,” Ricks wrote, adding that McMaster was supported to a “surprising degree” by people who had worked for him in the past.
McMaster is the author of a highly-regarded book on Vietnam, Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chief of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam. The book strongly argues that military leadership should be willing to stand up to civilian political leaders when war is not waged successfully, and also criticizes Vietnam-era military leadership for becoming distracted by bureaucratic infighting.
McMaster’s leadership at the famed Battle of 73 Easting in Operation Desert Storm was an important part of the U.S. military’s resurgence, poetically described as “exorcising the ghosts of Vietnam” at the time. In that battle, a vastly outnumbered American unit defeated Iraqi forces with superior tactics, coordination, and technology, without suffering a single casualty. Last February, McMaster wrote an extensive account of the battle, and the lessons it provides for future conflict, for The National Interest.
He is noted as an advocate of both strong conventional military forces and cyber-warfare capability. Concerned by cuts to both manpower and equipment modernization, he warned the Senate last year that “we are outranged and outgunned by many potential adversaries… our Army in the future risks being too small to secure the nation.” One of the lessons he recommends learning from the Battle of 73 Easting, a quarter-century on, is that American forces may never again have such a pronounced technological advantage over enemy ground forces.
It is my belief that President Trump picked the right man for the job, he has the expertise and experience to complete any mission set before him, and now has a President that is willing to give him what he needs to complete the mission.
I think this is a good pick. Trump knows what needs to be done to roll out his agenda
Michael, now if we could just get the lazy/nasty/NWO Repubs in Congress, both Houses, to get on the stick to MOVE President Trump's agenda, we'd be fine. But they are as bad as the Dems. Ryan wants to push his "Better Agenda" and McCain is a total traitor (look at the things he has done overseas...contacting heads of state and ambassadors undermining our POTUS) along with Graham who is disgraceful (the tax plan won't get 10 votes in the Senate). What can we do to get them moving? Unfortunately, McCain and Graham were just re-eelcted last Nov so we're STUCK with them for 6 years - thanks to AZ and SC voters - or I could say thanks to Soros.
I heard he was a CFR member. http://www.hoover.org/profiles/h-r-mcmaster
President Trump finds excellent people to fill his Cabinet, like minded people. Realists, who grasp that Govt.using Politics, is not the way to run the Military. Use good people, and give them their head, let them do their Jobs! Kick Ass!!!
If Trump picked him ,,,I am for him TRUMP IS THE MAN!
Seems to be a good choice from all I have read.