While the junior Senator from New York Kirsten Gillibrand voted against Defense Sec Mattis for confirmation?
She was the only one….
Mattis got the support of every OTHER senator (And this Dog also) because he has been and continues to be the adult that can and will let the President know when he’s not happy with something…..
Mattis and Kelly…. aljazeera.com
Dept. of Homeland Security head, another ex-marine General John Kelly is less forceful than Kelly….But after Trump aides Bannon and Miller bum rushed the No Enter Muslin ban past him,he let everyone know he wasn’t happy….
Now , on the second try, Trump has hired a National Security Council head aide who is an active duty Army guy….
Because of the first , he’ll get to hire some of his own people….
A LOT of people where nervous about all of the military guys being in charge of the countries defense…
But here’s something to think about….
General’s are politicians also….
They don’t get to be General’s without plays the games to get ahead….
General’s also have to learn to deal with politicians in Washington….
And heads of state abroad….
The guys Trump has brought on board actually have MORE experience in large organizational structures and politics than Trump’s two other flunkies Bannon and Miller….
That fine with a LOT of us ….
At one point or another, they each strode the sands of Iraq, fighting on the unforgiving battlefield of America’s costliest war since Vietnam. Now all three will sit around the table in the White House Situation Room, steering a new president through the treacherous crosscurrents of a stormy world.
President Trump’s appointment of H. R. McMaster, an Army lieutenant general, as his new national security adviser creates a powerful troika of senior officers who served in Iraq, teaming him up with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and John F. Kelly, the secretary of homeland security, both retired four-star Marine generals. This administration is the first to have all three security jobs filled by senior military veterans at the same time.
The ascension of the three generals to political jobs at the National Security Council reflects the rise of a generation of military leaders that came of age during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that began after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Each officer saw up close what a losing war looked like and took away lessons about how to avoid repeating fatal mistakes. Each got to where he is today in part by bucking the military hierarchy.
“This generation of generals lived through some of the struggles, especially in the ’04, ’05, ’06 time frame in Iraq when we weren’t doing things right,” said Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, an Army veteran who served in Iraq. “They understand that security and military force are the pre-eminent requirement, but it’s not sufficient. This generation of generals who grew up in the Iraq war probably understands that more than any previous generation.”….
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