Foreign Policy has hinted that General Keith Kellog may also decline to serve as National Security Council director in the chaotic, dysfunctional, amateur show that Donald Trump has made his administation in less than a month.
Dammningly, Foreign Policy suggests that Vice Admiral Robert Harward was put off from taking a key job for American security because he felt that Trump did not know the meaning of the word professional.
“But here’s the problem: Harward is a national security professional. In his conversations with White House officials this week, he began to fear that Trump didn’t understand what that phrase means — that is, someone who thinks rigorously about formulating and implementing foreign policy. Harward knows, as Trump does not, what it means to execute policy on the ground, and especially how difficult it can be to figure out how to implement ill-conceived strategy into an acceptable outcome. He has seen comrades bleed and die on orders he issued.
Partly because of such experiences, he understands that the job is far bigger than one person. To be done right, it requires a team. Harward is also a SEAL veteran, which means, among other things, that he is a team member. He wanted his own team, people he trusts, with experience and expertise. He didn’t just want to drive Trump’s clown car. One report said he wound up considering the job a “shit sandwich.”
Yes, Harward felt that Trump could not only not give him the conditions to succeed in protecting America. No, Trump did not even begin to grasp the problems associated with protecting America and implementing policy.
Trump will clearly be surprised to find out that implementing policy is much more difficult to do than ranting about fake news at impromptu press conferences.
Trump’s background in business is as a builder, deal maker, a show man. He has relied on good architects and builders to do the actual work.
Now he needs professionals to turn his campaign promises into reality. But he is showing professionals like Harward so little respect or comprehension of what makes for success, that they do not want to be a part of his sinking ship, offered a poison pill or “
Foreign Policy writes…
“In short, he was willing — if he could do the job right. Listening to Trump, he felt he couldn’t do it right. So he went all Johnny Paycheck on the president.
His balking is going to resonate in the military, especially in the Special Operations community. Harward is known and respected in Spec Ops, and the fact that he looked the president in the eye and found him wanting will give a lot of people pause. Trump hasn’t attacked the military as he has the intelligence people, but this could be the beginning of some wariness.
Meantime, Trump tweeted this morning that, “General Keith Kellogg, who I have known for a long time, is very much in play for NSA – as are three others.” I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump winds up picking an active duty general who can’t say no.
Let’s hope Trump treats Keith Kellog with more respect and persuades him to do a job that Americans need Kellog to do well.
Kellog is not Trump’s doormat. Kellog should not be exposed to Trump’s Soros operatives, be dumped on by Trump or by his minion Steve Bannon or smeared by KT McFarlane or messed with by Reince Pierbus or stabbed in the back by Jared Kushner.
The only way to guarantee that this group of sleazy Soros weirdoes do not put off more patriotic professionals is if Trump fires them all and also humbly admits that the only reason he hired them in the first place is because he is a show man, a chancer and an amateur, who thinks the way he make a fast buck by cosying up to Wall Street is the way America can become economically great again, and for whom real world results that help real Americans are of no importance compared to appearing before cameras to grab attention.