President Donald Trump announced his next National Security Adviser will be Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. This is the best pick Donald Trump has made his entire presidency. H.R. McMaster is a noted writer and intellectual and respected military leader.
McMaster accepted the role after General Michael Flynn resigned after serving for less than a month. H.R. McMaster is a man who has a lengthy military career and has succeeded behind the scenes and on the battlefield when it mattered the most.
H.R. McMaster served during the Gulf War as a captain of an armored cavalry troop. During the invasion, McMaster’s Eagle Troop ran into an elite group of Saddam’s tanks hidden by a sandstorm — and routed them without suffering a single casualty.
McMaster was sent to Iraq’s insurgent-ridden city of Tal Afar. McMaster’s first priority was interfacing with Iraqi civilians and learning the Arabic language. He believed that insurgents couldn’t survive without a friendly population to hide in. By the end of the year, he had control of the city, with cooperation from local officials.
He is the director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, an internal think tank that looks at future threats and how to deal with them. He is also Deputy Commanding General, Futures, at the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command.
Acting National Security Adviser Keith Kellogg will serve as McMaster’s chief of staff. The appointment of McMaster as National Security Adviser drew praise from several members of Congress, including Senator John McCain. “I could not imagine a better, more capable national security team than the one we have right now.”
While McMaster is a great choice for Trump’s National Security adviser, he still has to deal with people on the political side, including Steve Bannon, who is at odds with McMaster’s approach to fighting terrorism. He’ll need to figure out some way to function inside a deeply dysfunctional and divided administration.