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No cooperating with our 45th
NO working for people with ALTERNATE VIEWS of REALITY
NO to a Administration that is ALREADY self-destroying this country.
Trump’s Public Humiliation
“It’s purely a personal issue,” Harward told The Associated Press, adding that the Trump administration was “very accommodating to my needs, both professionally and personally.”A friend of Harward's says he was reluctant to take NSA job bc the WH seems so chaotic; says Harward called the offer a "shit sandwich."— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 17, 2017
(editing, and emphasis of points is MINE, rather then from slate!)
This one is great. Fred Kaplan, author of Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War. says "By rejecting the national security adviser job, Robert Harward gave cover to every professional who wants to turn the president down.
He goes on to say that there were three main reasons, Harward turned Trump down, essentially:
- ...It is very unusual—almost unheard of—for a senior military officer, retired or otherwise, to turn down a request from the commander-in-chief.
- ...largely for that reason, by rejecting the offer Harward has provided cover to other officers, and to civilian national-security analysts with a similar sense of patriotic duty, to turn down this president, too. Service, in this case, is not its own reward and by no stretch worth the sacrifice.
- Third, the Financial Times, Washington Post, CNN, and other news outlets are reporting that
- Harward turned down the offer in part because:
- Trump wouldn’t let him fire several officials that Flynn had hired for his staff and install his own team instead.
- This suggests that Trump is adamant on keeping certain people loyal to him—including Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland, a former Fox News commentator who Trump admired.
- The news reports don’t mention whether Harward made demands about Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief political strategist, (who wrote the executive order that placed himself on the NSC Principals Committee and has created a parallel NSC structure called the Strategic Initiatives Group, comprised of a few extreme right-wing associates.
Kaplan continues explaining the purpose of the NSC, that in the (Harward), would:
- ...(A)dvise the president, to the extent the president wants to be advised.
- In other words, to make the job worthwhile, the adviser must have:
- Close access to the president
- Clear lines of authority over the national-security bureaucracy.
Trump would not guarantee Harward this sort of authority, so Harward turned the job down.
The Post reported that Harward was also reluctant to accept the offer for financial reasons, worried that leaving his job as a senior executive at Lockheed Martin would hurt his family.
Yet few military officers—especially retired generals and admirals—let such factors get in the way of serving the president.And here's the REAL takeaway of the ENTIRE article!
CNN quoted one of Harward’s friends saying that, in mulling over the decision, he was persuaded most of all by the sheer dysfunction of Trump’s presidency, describing the job he was offered as “a shit sandwich.”
In other words, Trump was given a choice:
- Cater to the loyalty and ambitions of his political operatives,
- who have no competence whatsoever in national security affairs—
- install a professional who can build and maintain a functioning national-security apparatus.
AGAIN, a SHOUT OUT to the MAN who stood up to Donald TRUMP, and said, "YOU're FIRED!