Fred Henneke, Attorney & Counselor-At-Law
President Trump named Lt. General McMasters to succeed General FLynn as the National Security Adviser. General McMasters is a highly decorated – Silver Star for bravery in Iraq – career soldier who is well-respected on both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill and in the military. He is renowned for being a straight shooter and one who thinks out of the box. He should sail through his confirmation hearings and vote; because he is still on active duty, his rank requires that he be confirmed by the Senate.
The only concern is his lack of broader international relations experience. He has proven himself to be a superb military thinker and leader; can he translate those attributes into the general international relations arena? Can he prove to be an neutral mediator and organizer of the competing interests between State, DOD, CIA, etc, a la General Brent Scowcroft or General Colin Powell? My bet is YES. My further bet is that he will not brook any attempts at undue influence or domination from within the White House staff.
Nice work, President Trump.