Just a few days ago, I mentioned the person that Republicans should be begging and pleading to declare that he belongs to their party and urging to run for office: Admiral William McRaven, who is in a perfect position to do just that since he retired from the Navy just a few days ago.
McRaven is the rare American public figure who is untouched (and unsullied) by the political climate of the last 20 years. He was the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command during a time when the work of the Special Forces truly stood out as the best of the best. He played a major role in finding Saddam Hussein and organizing and commanding the mission that killed Osama bin Laden. McRaven even continued taking part in Navy SEAL raids in Afghanistan while he was a three-star Admiral.
Who could run against that? How would any career politician — Democrat or Republican — possibly challenge Admiral McRaven if he decided to run for President? They couldn’t. McRaven could say, “This country needs leadership and this is how I’ve led,” and no politician could stand up and say, “Well, you haven’t served in Congress or as an elected official” because McRaven could just say, “Exactly. And this is how I led…”
Hell, I’m starting to hope he’s a Democrat because I’ve talked myself into McRaven for President.
For the most part I think your blog is flawless but just this once I’m going to have to challenge you on this McRaven nomination simply because the resume which you just described is outdated and doesn’t show case a skill set our next president needs to have. Allow me a moment to explain why.
Hope & Change won in 2008 because there was a large group of people who were already frustrated by the stagnant direction the country was heading in. If anything the stock market crash was just a public announcement of the stagnation problem with respect to the idea that the Bush era did not line up investment with progressive visions and industries so of course sub prime mortgages were a great way to make money because there wasn’t anything better on the table.
I think today stagnation frustration is even more apparent *cough-congress-cough* but worse than that its starting to have tangible every day consequences in people’s homes. For example things like net neutrality, high speed internet as a human right, this pathetic “debate” over climate change (as whole areas get devastated by natural events), dubious industries like fracking, regressive agendas regarding unionization and labor, the joke that is minimum wage, the anti abortion agenda, gun violence (everyone in the 1st world just pities us), FAUX NEWS and the illiterate contingency, etc.
The list could go on for miles and the reality is that McRaven’s experience speaks more of a man who can take an established system and optimize it. Fundamentally, Hope and Change are about ending some things to bring about something new, and there is nothing in that man’s resume that speaks to him having the required progressive view needed to get America straight. He would only be a good candidate if people were voting because their most pressing concern was to like a guy but the reality is the consequences of politics have strolled into everyone’s living rooms and increasingly voters want candidates who speak to changing their personal stagnation frustration equation.
Another reason why McRaven would be a dud just has to do with the fact that everyone in America is tired of war and only the most uninformed of persons is unaware of the fact that in this globalized world, armies are useless liabilities more likely to bankrupt and isolate a nation than help (ex. Israel, Russia, etc). Hawkishness and doveishness are relics of the past (Ya even Hilary and Feinstein sound ridiculous comparing Putin to Hitler/ arguing that the president is too cautious) and the idea that a strong military record trumps other skills the position requires to address the challenges this country faces just isn’t going to fly.
The next president has to address the domestic agenda and I respectfully think that a military record (I didn’t even touch on the age aspect with respect to integrating technology etc) is not suited for this purpose.