Trump picks Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser

Trump picks Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser
H.R. McMaster. (Image: Screen grab via Fox News)

[Ed. – McMaster is a super guy with a broad background.  His book Dereliction of Duty, about Washington-level failures prosecuting the Vietnam War under JFK and LBJ, is essential reading; a classic of its kind.  We’ll see if he’s ready for the shark tank.  The NSC staff and intel community don’t have a target pre-painted on his back, as they did with Mike Flynn.]

President Trump on Monday tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a warrior-scholar deemed an expert in counter insurgency, to be the director of the White House’s National Security Council.

The 54-year-old McMaster replaces retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as the president’s national security adviser. …

McMaster is a Philadelphia native and West Point graduate who fought in the Persian Gulf War and served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

McMaster is currently director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center. He joined the Army in 1984 and distinguished himself seven years later during the Gulf War in what would become known as the Battle of 73 Easting.

As captain of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment’s Eagle Troop, McMaster led a force of just nine tanks that took out more than 80 Iraqi Republican Guard tanks and armored vehicles.

He is the author of the 1997 book, “Dereliction of Duty,” which criticized the U.S. government’s handling of the Vietnam War.

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