The jackals of the Left are frothing at the mouth trying to find ways to make President-Elect Donald Trump look bad. One of their latest complaints is that The Donald has been appointing far too many ex military men to his cabinet.
And this is a bad thing? I beg to differ.
In 2016 America, the military is one of the very few institutions or entities that promotes people based on merit: Achievements, intelligence, ability, leadership qualities, strategic and analytical thinking... Although the Left has pushed hard to foist political correctness and affirmative action on the military, these contortions have not made great inroads as has been the case in corporate America or our churches, for example.
These are the generals and the departments or agencies they've been appointed to lead: James "Mad Dog" Mattis (Defense); John Kelly (Homeland Security); and Michael Flynn (National Security Advisor). Gen. David Petraeus is under consideration for Secretary of State.
The media's concern about cabinet appointees not having previous experience as civilian administrators is overblown, to say the least. For example, some reporters have cited our involvement in the Iraq War and mistakes in Libya, Syria and elsewhere as examples of how a military mindset can lead us into trouble. But truth be told, it was civilians -- most of whom had never served in the military -- who were primary proponents of the United States going into Iraq in 2003, toppling Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, and pursuing confused policies in Syria that helped ISIS thrive.
Think of the so-called neo-cons in the Bush administration -- folks like Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and Douglas Feith. Or how about the Obama admistration sabre rattlers who never served: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her laughably inept sidekicks at the State Department: Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Jen Psaki, Marie Harf... There are other Democrats of the same ilk: Sen. Joe Lieberman and Sen. Chuck Schumer, for example.
And on the other side of the coin, let's not forget that one of our most beloved presidents, Dwight Eisenhower, was a lifelong military man. He most certainly was not a belligerent war hawk as president. So the media's fears about Trump assembling a cabinet of war hawks are unfounded.
And while we're on the subject of cabinet picks, it galls me that the media is quick to dump on the likes of Dr. Ben Carson, nominated to head up the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). So he does not have experience as a government administrator and has not presided over a massive bureaucracy. But obviously, if he's brilliant enough to be a pediatric neurosurgeon, he can handle HUD. Indeed, Carson has the humility and wisdom to know he will need to hire some able administrators and advisors and delegate effectively. What's more, he grew up in the poverty-stricken projects of Detroit. He's "walked the walk"... He deeply understands and empathizes with the suffering of so many poor urban residents who are stuck in hellhole conditions courtesy of Uncle Sam.
I don't think the press was so concerned about Obama cabinet members who lacked the experience for their appointed duties. A prime example is physics professor Ash Carter, now Secretary of Defense. And how about the utterly incompetent former Director of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano? She was the former governor of Arizona, but had no real security experience prior to her appointment. Who could forget her asinine statement that "the system worked" after the so-called underwear bomber was thwarted in an attempt to blow up a jet airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009? Thankfully, she's been sent out to pasture.
One of the most incredible Obama appointments of a thoroughly unqualified hack was that of Ben Rhodes to Deputy National Security Advisor. His "qualifiations": He earned a bachelor's degree in English and political science, and a master's in creative writing. Crazy, huh? Well, considering how much he lied through his teeth regarding the Iran nuclear agreement, playing naive reporters like a fiddle, I guess that creative writing training really paid off.
Lastly, one of the most damning characteristics of Obama's cabinet and many of his closest advisors is that they have virtually no private sector experience. Most of them have spent their entire adult lives feeding at the government trough or in academia. Many are attorneys or were consultants or lobbyists. Not much of the real world in this bunch of charlatans. Is it any wonder the economy has been mired in a miserable slump, wages have been stagnant, most new jobs are part-time and/or low wage, and millions of jobs have gone offshore?
Our pathetic media must stop with the outrageous double standards if it expects to preserve whatever shred of credibility it has left. But sadly, I believe far too many of these Fourth Estate hacks are just too stupid to realize this.