Does Trump Really Want Another General as National Security Adviser?

by Rich Lowry

I guess the answer is, “yes,” given that the three candidates being talked about to replace Flynn are all generals (okay, one is an admiral). The understandable impulse would be to slam in Vice Admiral Robert Harward, the apparent frontrunner and a Mattis ally, to try to move beyond the Flynn exit as soon as possible. But this is a job that requires foreign-policy chops and a domestic political sense, and it makes sense to slow down a little and widen the ambit to foreign-policy professionals who might not have worn stars on their shoulders. As everyone here should know by now, I’m a John Bolton partisan, but regardless, there shouldn’t be an unwritten rule that this job goes to a general.

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