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Trump’s new security adviser McMaster wrote influential book at UNC

McMaster: 'In the Army, because the stakes are so high, you can't just be a yes man'

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, former commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, discusses the importance of criticism and feedback in the Army. This excerpt of an interview was first published in July 2014. President Donal
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U.S. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, former commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, discusses the importance of criticism and feedback in the Army. This excerpt of an interview was first published in July 2014. President Donal

President Trump’s pick for national security adviser, Herbert Raymond “H. R.” McMaster, is a UNC-Chapel Hill grad who wrote an influential book that critiqued the U.S. military for not opposing President Lyndon Johnson during the Vietnam War.

McMaster has a master of arts degree and a doctorate in military history from UNC.

His dissertation and his 1997 book was titled “Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, And The Lies That Led to Vietnam.” The New York Times reports the book was critical of military officers who failed to “push back” against Johnson and Defense Secretary McNamara’s strategies.

Craig Jarvis: 919-829-4576, @CraigJ_NandO

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