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Gerarddm
02-20-2017, 03:31 PM
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-names-general-as-new-national-security-adviser/ar-AAn8R93?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

An interesting choice in that he has a reputation for individual thinking. Along with Mattis, another similar general, they may be able to curb the worst impulses of our current president/Bannon et al.

McMaster, for those who don't know, was in command at the Battle of 73 Easting during the Gulf War. A no BS kind of guy.

skuthorp
02-20-2017, 03:33 PM
Does he get to pick his own team?

seanz
02-20-2017, 03:52 PM
A no BS kind of guy.

Not a team-player

Wont last

Donn
02-20-2017, 04:43 PM
He may be a little loosely strung. (http://www.duffelblog.com/2014/12/hr-mcmaster-injured-army/)

isla
02-20-2017, 05:43 PM
Interesting point from BBC reporter John Sopel. McMaster, unlike Robert Harward, is a serving officer so he may not have been able to refuse the post.

Donn
02-20-2017, 05:59 PM
Interesting point from BBC reporter John Sopel. McMaster, unlike Robert Harward, is a serving officer so he may not have been able to refuse the post.

I doubt it. He was due to be retired this year.

Link (http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/02/20/last-man-standing-mcmaster-for-nsa/)

isla
02-20-2017, 06:05 PM
I doubt it. He was due to be retired this year.

Link (http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/02/20/last-man-standing-mcmaster-for-nsa/)

From your link..

As I said at the end of my Friday post, once Trump was turned down by Harward, it became more likely that he would turn to the active duty military for his 3rd pick for the job.

I reckon Trump nailed him while he was still active. Maybe when he retires from service he will quit the NSC post. That would be amusing.

Donn
02-20-2017, 06:12 PM
Nah. If he didn't want the post, he'd just retire a few months early. General officers have a lot of latitude.

Also, this may earn him his 4th star.

Jim Bow
02-20-2017, 06:15 PM
He wrote a book, excerpted in Smithsonian mag, about the Army's failure to tell the truth to the civilian administration during the Vietnam War. It was some pretty damning prose.

LeeG
02-20-2017, 06:17 PM
McMaster is a good choice

skuthorp
02-20-2017, 06:21 PM
Ozna, Donn ventures into satire and you miss it?

Donn
02-20-2017, 06:29 PM
He wrote a book, excerpted in Smithsonian mag, about the Army's failure to tell the truth to the civilian administration during the Vietnam War. It was some pretty damning prose.

Dereliction of Duty. A great book. It was more a damning of McNamara for misleading the politicians. He did fault the JCs, but only for failing to go over McNamara's head.

skuthorp
02-20-2017, 06:56 PM
Can be difficult I reckon Donn when telling it like it is rather than like the politicians want might loose you your career.

Lew Barrett
02-20-2017, 07:35 PM
McNamara's an unpleasant memory.

Jim Bow
02-20-2017, 07:47 PM
From the same source as Donn's post:

Trump orders Pershing’s corpse to conduct another punitive invasion of Mexico

Read more: http://www.duffelblog.com/2017/02/trump-orders-general-pershings-corpse-to-conduct-another-punitive-expedition-into-mexico/#ixzz4ZHC02FPl
http://www.duffelblog.com/2017/02/trump-orders-general-pershings-corpse-to-conduct-another-punitive-expedition-into-mexico/

Donn
02-20-2017, 08:36 PM
Mattis signs order formally recognizing Jalapeno cheese spread as currency at all DoD facilities

Gerarddm
02-20-2017, 08:36 PM
^ Hah! Some reporter should troll our current president and ask him simply, " Can you tell us your reaction to General Pershing's raid into Mexico after some bad hombres?" I bet you he swallows that hook line and sinker and thinks of Pershing in the present tense like he did Frederick Douglass. His resultant answer would be one part hilarity, one part horror.

skuthorp
02-20-2017, 09:29 PM
Mattis signs order formally recognizing Jalapeno cheese spread as currency at all DoD facilities
Whats the exchange rate with the Valentina hot sauce?

CWSmith
02-20-2017, 10:05 PM
He wrote a book, excerpted in Smithsonian mag, about the Army's failure to tell the truth to the civilian administration during the Vietnam War. It was some pretty damning prose.


Dereliction of Duty. A great book. It was more a damning of McNamara for misleading the politicians. He did fault the JCs, but only for failing to go over McNamara's head.

This sounds very encouraging.

LeeG
02-20-2017, 11:40 PM
McNamara's an unpleasant memory.

Have you seen The Fog of War?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fog_of_War