The President announced this afternoon that Lt. General H.R. McMaster will serve as his national security advisor—replacing Michael Flynn, who resigned early last week.
Below are six reasons, via IJR, why conservatives should be thrilled with this development.
- He’s a “battle-tested veteran.”
As reported by Heavy.com, Lt. Gen. McMaster led troops at the Battle of 73 Easting in 1991 during the Persian Gulf War. He commanded the Eagle Troop of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment as it easily defeated Iraqi security forces, which outnumbered American troops. Military experts still draw lessons from that battle today.
- He’s a “military strategist.”
McMaster’s commentary on battling ISIS aligns with Clausewitz’s advice in war to first define political victory before taking action; McMaster advises to put “politics at the center” of the U.S.’ conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- He’s a “student of military history.”
The Lt. Gen. speaks at length and with erudition about a wide array of security-related topics; not just conventional warfare, but disinformation, espionage, terrorism, cyber warfare, and asymmetrical warfare.
- He’s “alert to ‘cyber-warfare’ and future war.”
McMaster’s approach to fighting ISIS, for example, takes into account the various social and ideological factors contributing to the group’s ability to subsist, in addition to its weaponry, territorial control, and resources.
- He “believes army officers should hold POTUS accountable.”
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.
- He “says army needs serious upgrade.”
“We are outranged and outgunned by many potential adversaries,” McMaster has said. “[And] our army in the future risks being too small to secure the nation.”
This addition to Trump’s White House staff is undoubtedly a valuable one.