Well, since Trump scared away all the qualified civilians who might have been remotely interested in taking over as his new National Security Advisor, he had to put on his Commander-In-Chief cap and order an active duty general officer to take the job.
From what I can tell, Lieutenant General McMaster has the intellectual and national security chops to manage the security needs of job, as well as the [feisty] character and courage to manage the narcissism and egos of Trump and Bannon.
I just hope he has the heart for it…
Regardless, we can’t fault the guy because, since he is active duty military, it would be impossible for him to not assume the position without disobeying a direct order from a superior.
I suspect he does have the heart for the job and I look forward to reading his PhD thesis turned best seller about the political and military failures of the Vietnam War. Much of the premise seems to be that the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time were derelict in their duties of not speaking truth to power.
That’s reassuring to me.
Amazon Editorial Review:
McMaster stresses two elements in his discussion of America’s failure in Vietnam: the hubris of Johnson and his advisors and the weakness of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dereliction of Duty provides both a thorough exploration of the military’s role in determining Vietnam policy and a telling portrait of the men most responsible.