Looks solid to me, at least at this point:
When he was 34, he demonstrated a through understanding of the dynamics of the Johnson administration with regard to the Vietnam War:
A key to McMaster's thinking is his 1997 book, "Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam." Published two decades ago when McMaster was only a major, "Dereliction of Duty" caused something of a sensation in the US military because it took US military leaders to task for their dereliction of duty during the Vietnam War.
The Joint Chiefs never provided Johnson with useful military advice about what it might take to win the war, according to McMaster.
Instead, they accepted Johnson's preference for what the President termed "graduated pressure" against the North Vietnamese. This took the form of a gradually escalating bombing campaign that did not bend the North Vietnamese to American will, and instead confused activity — bombing raids and body counts -- with progress on the battlefield.
The major problem Johnson and his military advisers had, McMaster found, is that they went to war in Vietnam without a strategy. He explained: "The war in Vietnam was not lost in the field, nor was it lost on the front pages of The New York Times or the college campuses. It was lost in Washington, D.C."Later, in a 2013 New York Times piece, he brought that degree of insight to the faltering of US aims in Afghanistan and Iraq:
He also has a track record of getting results on the battlefield:
In the Gulf War then-Capt. McMaster led a US tank troop in the Battle of 73 Easting on February 26 1991. McMaster's armored forces, acting as scouts, suddenly encountered a large force of the Iraqi army. In a 2014 interview with National Geographic Television, McMaster recalled, "I can see the enemy with the naked eye. I mean, they're at very close range."
In a battle that lasted only 23 minutes, McMaster's force destroyed an astonishing 28 Iraqi tanks, 16 personnel carriers and more than 30 trucks.In this age in which any and all information about someone is instantly available, we shall no doubt learn more about him soon. While the remote possibility that something glaringly inconsistent with the above portrait may merge exists, it seems more likely that he'll still be shown to be the kind of guy who will ensure that this position is in good hands.