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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

As Trump's World Turns: "I Only Hire The Best People"





 It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do. - Steve Jobs
“Everybody and his uncle wants that position,” Trump said of the job that Mattis is quitting. “And also, by the way, everybody and her aunt, just so I won’t be criticized for that last statement.”
Yet another lying utterance from the nation's 45th President. Before we move into the piece let's consider a moment (quick read) with a brief job description of the positions Trump referenced. 

Carefully read the following job description.

In Brief...
The U.S. secretary of defense oversees the country's Department of Defense, the federal service responsible for the country's armed services and related military matters. This federal official acts as the principal defense policy maker and adviser.

The U.S. secretary of defense oversees the country's Department of Defense, the federal service responsible for the country's armed services and related military matters. This federal official acts as the principal defense policy maker and adviser. This position is similar to the minister of defense found in several other countries. 
Main Duties
The secretary of defense exercises authority, direction and control over the three departments of the U.S. armed forces -- the Army and the Navy, as well as the Air Force.The main job of the U.S. secretary of defense is to plan, develop and execute policies that concern the military affairs and national security of the country. Also, such an official is responsible for the department's resource management and fiscal and program evaluation. The secretary of defense runs the entire department from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), which comprises the official's entire staff. The secretary's staff assists in carrying out assigned tasks in accordance with their job titles. 
National Command Authority
The secretary of defense collaborates with the president to form the National Command Authority. This is a term that the U.S. military and federal government use to refer to the authority that these officials share regarding military orders, including the launch of nuclear weapons. As the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, the president is the ultimate authority. The secretary of defense's job is to allocate policies to the military departments, which train and equip the military forces; the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who plans and coordinates military operations and deployments; and the unified commands, which conduct the military operations.

After reading the job description, recall Trump recently and unceremoniously dismissed Sec'y of Defense Mattis once Mattis gave two months notice of intent to leave his post. Trump ordered him out by the end of 2018.

While Mattis parting remarks regarding Trump was certainly a catalyst to Trump's order to leave by year's end, recent news has me wondering about another Trump appointment.

MoveOn and The Daily Beast piece regarding the nation's new Secy of Defense.

Patrick M. Shanahan, deputy secretary of defense, poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, July 19, 2017.


The job of Secretary of Defense is a job if there is any federal position, which requires experience, wherewithal and, frankly, effective connections across the full scope of the US military. The position also carries a strong level of implied credibility based on many years of experience with US national defense. Adversarial nations, without question, live with a high degree of respect for Mattis and most past Secretaries of Defense. Why would Putin, Chinese military leaders, and Kim's regime generals respect anything about Shanahan, beyond earning billions during his ten-plus year employment at Boeing? 

If there is a reader of this page who can offer rational deductions as to why Shanahan has earned the right to such a critical position, we ask for comment?

Shanahan's first memo in his new role indicates he will without question abide by Trump's erratic and (possibly) Putin influenced wishes. 

The New York Post has published a few passages from Shanahan's first memo to staff. 

“Under the direction of President Trump, the Department of Defense remains focused on safeguarding our nation,” Shanahan said in a statement released on New Year’s Day.

“We have deep respect for Secretary Mattis’ lifetime of service, and it has been a privilege to serve as his deputy secretary,” he continued.

“As acting secretary of defense, I now look forward to working with President Trump to carry out his vision alongside strong leaders including the service secretaries, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the combatant commanders, and senior personnel in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.”

Imagine this....."As acting secretary of defense, I now look forward to working with President Trump to carry out his vision..." The rest of the sentence means little to nothing. The acting Sec'y of Defense will do Trump's bidding without question and that means Putin and other international dictators will influence the US Department of Defense.

If the latter statement is disconcerting to you, think about the matter in this context.  

Trump has no vision.

Leaders with vision don't experience well over 40% turnover during two years in office. The leader also wouldn't experience what follows related to his or her appointments and administration departures. Linked, here.


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