Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Thank You, But No


Retired Vice Admiral Bob Harward turned down President Trump's offer to be national security adviser after Michael Flynn resign.

Vice Admiral Harward explained: "Since retiring, I have the opportunity to address financial and family issues that would have been challenging in this position.  Like all service members understand, and live, this job requires 24 hours a day, 7 days a week focus and commitment to do it right.  I currently could not make that commitment.  My thoughts and prayers are with those that carry such heavy burdens and responsibility for taking care of our country's national security concerns.  God bless this great country of ours."

Retired Army Major General Marks told CNN's Erin Burnett, that he didn't want to speculate why Harward turned down the job, but said turmoil in the White House was likely a contributing factor.
A Republican official told CNN that Harward made it a condition of taking the job that he could form his own team.  In the end, he didn't feel that was the case.  A senior Republican familiar with the process added that "a question of clarity regarding the lines of authority" was central in Harward's decision... "I wouldn't call it a disagreement as much as questions that could not be resolved to his comfort level."

After a 30-year military career, Harward became chief executive of defense giant Lockheed Martin's United Arab Emirates division.  He was familiar with the role of national security adviser having previously worked in the National Security Council's counterterrorism office from 2003 to 2005 during President Bush's administration.

Harward was at the top of lists for potential replacements, alongside with retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, who pleaded guilty in 2015 to mishandling classified information after he shared sensitive material with a woman with whom he was having an affair.

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