Lt. General H.R. McMaster

McMaster is considered one of the brightest military thinkers on active duty. His career even going back to the first Gulf War is infamous.

Herbert Raymond McMaster as a cadet.

Herbert Raymond McMaster as a cadet.

Note, many of you are familiar with his exploits at the Battle of 73 Easting.

Cant. HR McMaster recounts the battle of 73 Easting for a cable TV show.

Cant. HR McMaster recounts the battle of 73 Easting for a cable TV show.

I have personally followed his career since he was a Captain. The work he advocated doing in post 2003 Iraq should have been well heeded by then Gen. Casey and SECDEF RUMSFIELD. His academic writings are considered must reads by today’s military academies. Worldwide. And I have complete confidence in his judgement and intellect.

Battle of 73 Easting ORBAT

Battle of 73 Easting ORBAT

So…what is really going on at the NSC? IMO…Trump is being intellectually honest and politically faithful. He ran on a promise to objectively re-evaluate the USA’s role in what is known as the post WWII, “PAX AMERICANA”.

What does that mean? It means testing old assumptions and seeing if they still hold true. It means moving politics from the front-end of military action and putting it where it belongs; the back-end: all wars must have defined political ends and not be open-ended entangling alliances.

McMaster Dereliction of duty. A famous work.

McMaster Dereliction of duty. A famous work.

Wars and alliances without defined political and military goals invite abuse by our friends and encroachment by our enemies. Both very, very bad things.

As for HR himself? I’m glad to see this happen for him and can’t help but feel this is the universe righting a small wrong. You see, Lt. Gen. McMaster; I have been told, was not up for a 4th star and faced mandatory inactive status soon.

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and President Trump at Mar-A-Lago

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and President Trump at Mar-A-Lago

That was a huge mistake on DC’s part. America needs some post 9-11, 21st century analysis much like we did post Vietnam. And this time, history has selected the right man for the job.

McMaster w/ President Trump.

McMaster w/ President Trump.

Forget whatever you hear from the mean (not a typo) stream, political media on this. McMaster is a game-winning, World Series grand-slam.

 
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  • Mark Cameron

    Thanks Markey. I did not know anything about McMasters so hearing your thoughts was great. I actually just bought his book just to read his line of reasoning to better understand his mind. And, unrelated, but your podcast where you answered question was surprisingly entertaining and informative. Your no-BS approach is appreciated and your willingness to speak your mind is refreshing. Keep having fun and stay safe.

    • Thanks, Mark! It’s feedback like yours that make it all worth it.

      McMaster’s book is derived from his PHD dissertation. If you pay close attention, you’ll note he slays some scared cows: JFK screwed up.

      Enjoy.

      Marky

      • Mark Cameron

        By the way, I love sacred cow slayers.

  • Jeffrey Scott Boyer

    Why wasn’t he up for a fourth star and who did he piss off?

    • He’s not enough of an ass kisser to break through the four-star. Don’t get me wrong, at the end of the day every flag is also a politician. Especially once they hit the two star rank.

      But McMaster has a trait that produces diminishing returns: if you ask him what he thinks he will tell you.

      Even if what you were asking him about is your pet project or your baby. If he thinks there are holes, he’ll tell you there are holes in it.

      Let’s be real, he’s not as much of an ideologue is Flynn. But live in the same neighborhood. McMaster just takes a more academic approach.

      Marky

  • Conner

    After losing Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Generals Franks, Odierno and the likes under the last admin. and having no strong military replacements a lot of Vets that we know, like my brother (two tours in VietNam) were disgusted and had no interest in even making the trip to vote in the last couple of elections due to the lack of military experience running our country. When General Mathis’s name was mentioned that was all it took. He’s involved again as we know many other military folks are as well. Lt. General H.R. McMaster is a great addition without a doubt. Damn, I’d hate to have him yelling in my face or even worse, be his enemy. I’m thinking Iran won’t be kidnapping any Sailors again anytime soon. Add Cols.Hackworth and Peters and now you’re talking a real dream team. Looks like President Trump is putting together a SEAL Team Ten! 🙂

    • It’s fair to say in Trump’s defense, that successful business people are usually good about hiring talent. Being an executive that has to manage results vs spend at all times is a skill sorely lacking in government.

      Hack has passed on.

      Something you might find interesting. Look into the opinions of The Capt. McMaster’s senior commander Fred Franks analysis after the first gulf war.

      He was not a fan of Powell, Schwarzkopf, or Bush’s artificial 100 hour time line.

      My point? There are always dissenting opinions before and after.

      Marky

      • Conner

        Too many times I type before I think….I was intending to make up a team as if it was possible today. I have nothing but good thoughts about the business folks Trump has brought on. In fact it’s the combination that we’ve been waiting for. I was only thinking about the defense team and didn’t make it clear. I am not a fan of Powell (in politics). I do thank Powell and McCain for their duty to our country, however today they are way left of even being RINOS imo and only become conservative when it benefits them. The speech McCain gave in Germany could have been given by obama or Hillary. I’ve have many of the books written by retired Generals and others. It’s my thinking that Schwarzkopf was a hero and a bad ass. They may all have different criticisms about each others tactics and policies because they all think theirs is the best. I think that’s part of what makes them great. As far as President Trump and the media? Well we all know wars are won by deception. I think he has that down to an art…..beutiful!

        • McCain, Graham, Manchin, Spector come from the worst kind of political animal:

          Intentionally playing both sides for the personal power play. A politician who stands for nothing is a piece of shit. At least Obama was a believer.

          But John McCain is a special case of bad actor. He jumps into the fray to further his middle-man power grab, and when someone calls him out on his behavior, out comes the “war hero” card.

          As I have gotten older, I have come to really dislike McCain’s artificial leverage in DC. He embodies the worst in politics.

          I encourage Trump to smack him around even more. McCain has earned every accolade and deserves every smack in the mouth.

          Marky

          • MickeyG

            Hmm, I wonder about the real reason the North Vietnamese called McCain the “songbird” ?

          • Real world, bro. Everybody breaks.

            Everybody.

            Anything else is Rambo movie bullshit.

            Marky

          • MickeyG

            Or die, being true to your ideals and oath !

          • Mickey, without wanting to sound inappropriate; clinically speaking, I could keep you alive for quite a few years while still breaking you with techniques that ain’t in the handbook.

            Everybody. Breaks.

            Everybody.

            Don’t like it? Don’t get caught.

            Marky

          • MickeyG

            🙂

  • Mikial

    I think he’s a great choice. This is a position that should be filled by a soldier not a politician, and a soldier who puts the defense of our nation ahead of political gain.

  • Skyviking

    Great analysis and read. I liked the “infamous” part – Reminded me of The Three Amigos. I’m sure in some parts of the world, it would be an apt description, but I think you meant (his career was/is) “illustrious”, or “renowned”.

    IMHO, the First Gulf War was fought out of necessity, but the Second? We should have let Iraq & Iran continue to bleed each other out. Saddam was, after all, once “our guy” in the sandbox, and we gave him the nerve gas capabilities he later used on the Kurds. Now, because we don’t want to piss off Turkey, “our friendly NATO ally” , we leave the Kurds, the only truly effective indigenous counterforce in-theatre, hanging out to twist in the wind since Turkey has the largest standing army and tank force in NATO. They could make short work of ISIS, but Erdogan is anything but a Secularist and is sitting on his hands to see which way the winds blow. In the meantime, the former administration has allowed Iran and Russia to become the real power-brokers in the region.

    • Syria is the world’s largest ATGM environment on the planet. Tanks travel their at their peril.

      My point? Turkish Tanks ain’t cake walking anywhere.

      Second along your friend / foe list: the Kurds were a Soviet client on he past. Things change.

      As for Iraq in general, we can’t rewrite history. The worst thing we did in Iraq besides invading, was pullling out. Somebody needs to say it. Iraq is gone. And Obama broke it.

      Is it with putting back together? IMO, no. Let Iran, Turkey, Kurds, Saudis, Syrians take their favorite parts.

      Marky

      Marky

  • John Coleman Stewart

    He was passsd over twice for 1 star, should have been the end of a great career, but someone(s) with some sense salvaged him.

  • Skyviking

    I, too, am not a fan of McCain or Colin Powell. McCain’s spinelessness in taking on 0bama is the reason we got The Big 0 in the first place. McCain should have used The Big 0’s middle name every chance he got-“or is it Barry? I forget” and challenged the Big 0 to cough up on just what passport he used to travel to Kenya and Yemen. In response to the challenge about McCain’s constitutional eligibility to run for the Presidency, McCain and the Republican Party RINOs Failed in their constitutional duty and responsibility (and oath, but since when did that matter to them?) to challenge The Big 0’s eligibility to run when he clearly was not. The Big 0 should be given a berth like Philip Nolan since he is clearly a clear and present danger to the security of the United States.

    • Couple of points in no particular order:

      1. Powell once said if we break it we own it. History will show that was nonsense.

      2. McCain is like the kid with glasses who picks fights then starts yelling about hitting somebody with glasses. “You can’t say that to McCain, he’s a war hero!” Bullshit. McCain is a politician and he should be treated accordingly.

      3. Obama is a natural born citizen even if he was born on Mars. Why? His mommy was a US citizen. Period. Full stop. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200 dollars.

      4. I know many Americans who have dual citizenship and have 2 passports. Many US Jews are such. Many, many, many US citizens who live on the Canadian border are also same.

      5. If I was traveling to Indonesia or PAK and had a NON-US passsort, 100% I would have used it. It’s called safety.

      6. I have personally been oveeseas and directly said or through subterfuge indicated I was Canadian. Why? People Fuck with Americans. So when traveling overseas, pretend to be Canadian. That’s just truth, brother.

      7. McCain lost because he a piece of $hit politician. Consider this. In 2016, only ONE person could beat Hillary and that’s Trump.

      8. So knowing that, Republicans should be very careful about puffing up their chests too much. Those same republicans who say we can’t even repeal Obamacare?!? Seriously. Fu*k those guys.

      9. We have a 2 party system right now. It’s Trump vs everyone in government.

      Marky

  • “From June 2004 until June 2006, McMaster served as the 71st
    Colonel of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. During his time at IISS, he
    also served as Special Assistant to Commander, Multinational Force
    Iraq. McMaster assumed duties as Chief of Concept Development and
    Experimentation at the US Army’s Training and Doctrine Command in 2008. ”
    https://www.iiss.org/en/persons/hr-s-mcmaster

    McMaster passed command of the 3rd ACR on June 29, 2006, and joined the International Institute for Strategic Studies
    in London, as a Senior Research Associate with a mandate described as
    “conduct[ing] research to identify opportunities for improved
    multi-national cooperation and political-military integration in the
    areas of counterinsurgency, counter-terrorism, and state building”, and
    to devise “better tactics to battle terrorism.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._R._McMaster

    • From the same Wikipedia source as above:

      “In 2014, retired Army Gen. Jack Keane, a former Army vice chief, commented “It is heartening to see the Army reward such an extraordinary general officer who is a thought leader and innovator while also demonstrating sheer brilliance as a wartime
      brigade commander.”[24]

      That’s my life. Still happening.