PRESIDENT ELECT DONALD TRUMP
Is there too much consideration being paid to Generals for Cabinet?
ABOVE (clockwise from upper left): Flynn, Trump, Mattis, Patraeus, Kelly & Keane
Publish date: 28 November 2016
President Elect Trump has been working hard with VP Elect Pence on setting up his cabinet. Among his considerations are former General Officers who served in military posts where they gathered tremendous experience in combat and foreign MILITARY affairs. Unlike Obama, Trump greatly respects the experience of these Patriotic military men.
To date only General Flynn has been selected by Trump to be National Security Adviser. Selection of General Flynn considering his experience as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Other generals we know of (there are probably others) that might be under consideration to varying degrees include generals:
Except for General Patraeus, who should be excluded from selection due to his indiscretions, the other senior officers have long distinguished careers without blemish.
The Associated Press (AP) article raises some worry over POTUS Trump's consideration of so many general officers. However, except for General Flynn it is likely only a few others of those under consideration will actually be selected. German World News (DW.com) points out that there are pressing issues that perhaps are better suited to be assessed by general officers than political bureaucrats. Trump may have the same thoughts on the matter.
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Our recent turbulent history shows that generals, and soldiers generally, are more reluctant to enter into a fight than "hawkish" civilians who command from safe office chairs. This is because military personnel know the gravity of the decisions involved, the costs of combat and the ramifications of failure.
More generals in office are not necessarily a bad idea. We believe POTUS Trump knows this already.