I am a foreign policy wink and that also makes me interested in the policies that decide our national security. We have a had a bit of a tumultuous month on that front….the original appointee had to cut and run and now the president has named a new guy to the position of NatSec adviser…..Gen. McMaster.
I am antiwar and do not much appreciate those that are heavily invested in the M-IC….but in this case McMaster may be the best person for the job at this point in the Trump tenure.
In reporting on President Trump’s appointment of H.R. McMaster to the post of national security adviser, the New York Times referred to Lieutenant General McMaster as a “military strategist.” Precisely what this phrase is meant to convey is not entirely clear. In profiling McMaster, the Times does not credit him with having originated some Big Idea akin to Alfred Thayer Mahan’s theory of seapower or Billy Mitchell’s conception of strategic bombing.
In all likelihood, Times editors use the phrase “military strategist” loosely to mean something like “a soldier who thinks.” Or more crudely, “not a knuckle-dragger.” Or “preferable to the cretin who Trump just fired.” By conferring on McMaster the title of military strategist, the Times signals its approval.
That article will fill in the blanks on McMaster and he will most likely be at odds with the “Big Cheese” at the White House, Bannon……
When America’s most influential Islamophobes are upset, you know the president made a good choice. “Score one from the swamp,” whined Robert Spencer upon hearing the news that Donald Trump appointed Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his new national security adviser. Spencer makes a living scaring Americans about the dangers of Muslim soccer moms. “John Bolton lost out to this guy?” sputtered his frequent partner in whine, Pamela Geller, who scoffed at the general for saying, “Every time you disrespect an Iraqi, you’re working for the enemy.”
McMaster’s duties besides advising the president on national security issues are many…he needs to head some of the more disastrous thoughts off at the pass (so to speak)…..
At a time when the Trump administration continues to spark an immediate and growing national security crises due to mismanagement and reckless policies, the national security community felt great relief at the president’s selection of Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as the next national security advisor. McMaster will be tasked with resolving a number of serious foreign policy blunders already committed by the new administration. President Trump must ensure that McMaster has the authority and tools to deal with the following seven problems.
McMaster has an unenviable job within the Trump White House and this may be the best person for that job….for now.
His actions will bear watching to see if he is truly the man described or just another toad in the yellow stained road of Trump.