Monday, February 20, 2017

Via Twitter -- New National Security Advisor -- February 20, 2017

Just named General H.R. McMaster National Security Advisor -- @realDonaldTrump.

From The New York Times:
General McMaster is seen as one of the Army’s leading intellectuals, first making a name for himself with a searing critique of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for their performance during the Vietnam War and later criticizing the way President George W. Bush’s administration went to war in Iraq.
As a commander, he was credited with demonstrating how a different counterterrorism strategy could defeat insurgents in Iraq, providing the basis for the change in approach that Gen. David H. Petraeus adopted to shift momentum in a war that the United States was on the verge of losing.
General McMaster’s challenge now will be to take over a rattled and demoralized National Security Council apparatus that bristled at Mr. Flynn’s leadership and remains uncertain about its place in the White House given the foreign policy interests of Stephen K. Bannon, the former Breitbart News chairman who is the president’s chief strategist.
It will be interesting to see how Fox News rewrites that third paragraph. LOL. 

With regard to the others:
Keith Kellogg, another retired lieutenant general, will remain as the N.S.C. chief of staff. Mr. Kellogg has been acting national security adviser since Mr. Flynn’s resignation a week ago and one of the four candidates interviewed by Mr. Trump on Sunday for the permanent job. Mr. Trump made no mention of K.T. McFarland, the top deputy national security adviser, and whether she would stay.

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