How appropriate for this forum to have a cavalry officer tapped as the National Security Advisor of the Trump administration.
I think we know of his audacious actions at the Battle of 73 Easting during the Persian Gulf War as a captain of Eagle Troop, Second Squadron, Second Armored Cavalry Regiment on February 23, 1991, where Captain McMaster led an offensive covering force mission forward of Lieutenant General Frederick Franks’ VII Corps.
John McCain tweeted: "Lt Gen HR McMaster is outstanding choice for nat'l security advisor - man of genuine intellect, character & ability."
"General McMaster, 54, made a name for himself as a young officer with a searing critique of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for their performance during the Vietnam War and later criticized the way President George W. Bush’s administration went to war in Iraq."
Source: NY Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/u...ser-trump.html
"He has strong ties to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, having known him in Iraq when Mattis was a division commander, and, along with Mattis, McMaster will likely resist policies that revive torture or paint Muslim nations with a broad and hostile brush."
"He made his first mark with a Ph.D. dissertation, written when he was a major, titled Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam. Contrary to conventional Army wisdom in the 1970s and ’80s—which blamed the war’s loss on civilian micromanaging and the media—McMaster lambasted the top U.S. military officers for betraying their constitutional duties by failing to give the president their honest military judgment as the nation plunged into the quagmire of Vietnam."
Source: Slate Magazine, http://www.slate.com/articles/news_a...t_officer.html
Bill Kristol tweeted, "I say this honestly and non-snarkily: I can't imagine anyone better prepared for the challenges of being Trump's NSA than H.R. McMaster."