Once upon a better time, a wiser president of these less than
Happily, a natural and beneficial rivalry exists between any modern president's national security adviser (
As for the Fourth Estate, the representatives of a free if not rambunctious press seem happy to hold all the contestants' coats while they slug it out. But all the news hounds may be disappointed if Secretary Mattis manages to stay above the fray and stick with his statesmanlike attitude.
This is a fight all could lose if they don't maintain at least a semblance of mutual respect and cooperation. And all could win if they'll get along.
"I look forward to working with him," said Secretary Mattis of
But there's little chance of any such uniformity developing, given how highly assorted this crew is. Better a variety of flowers than a field of dead weeds. Groupthink this country already has enough of.
There's too much at stake for the country and the world to be distracted by
For one thing, delicate negotiations with
Or as Admiral James Stavridis of the
But maybe he won't have to if the North Korean regime can be brought to see the light, as remote a possibility as that may sound now. But never give up hoping that peace will break out. For as a German statesman of note named Bismarck once observed, G od looks after fools, drunkards and
Secretary Mattis has wisely kept silent about all the shake-ups in
As he put it the other day, fending off the press corps' questions, "I understand why you're asking, but I'm just pointing out that in most parts of the world, this is a
The consensus of opinion about Secretary Mattis is that his specialty is staying out of the spotlight.
And the less our secretary of defense says publicly, the more points he's likely to win with the president and public opinion in this country. His specialty is saying little and doing a lot. If only more American politicians followed his sterling example.