Thursday, June 21, 2018
Continuing additionally with extracts and commentary from the War on the Rocks Internet web site continuing column Strategic Outpost by Barno and Bensahel and thanks to both.
Kelly? A bad idea?
"Why No General Should Serve as White House Chief of Staff"
By David Barno and Nora Bensahel September 12, 2017
* "First, having a retired general serve in such an unabashedly partisan role further blurs the boundaries between the military and politics, and erodes the long-standing reputation of the U.S. military as an apolitical institution."
* "Second, Kelly’s appointment promotes the myth that military leaders are superior to civilian leaders."
* "The final danger of having Kelly (or any military leader) serve as White House chief of staff is that any major policy failure occurring on his watch would undermine the standing of the military, rightly or wrongly."
A PRESIDENTIAL CHIEF OF STAFF [CoS] DOES NEED MANAGERIAL AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND IN ABUNDANCE. YOU DO NOT NEED THE PROVERBIAL SHRINKING VIOLET OR A PERSON WITHOUT STRONG BACKBONE. ANY MAN/WOMAN WHO HAS ACHIEVED THE RANK OF FLAG OFFICER POSSESSES MANAGERIAL/LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND IS PRACTICED AT SAME. KELLY HARDLY A BAD IDEA.