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Meet The Admirals Who Could Be Hillary Clinton’s Vice President
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president of the United States, needs a vice president, and speculation is mounting as to who she may pick.
A recent New York Times article suggests that Clinton wants a pick with national security experience, and is reportedly actively vetting at least one former military commander.
That man is retired Adm. James Stavridis, a former supreme allied commander of NATO, who is currently the dean of Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Stavridis is a widely respected and accomplished career military officer and academic. His history at the helm of NATO could prove useful to Clinton’s campaign as she takes on her Republican rival, Donald Trump.
In an interview with the New York Times published July 21, Trump said he may cease to provide automatic protections to NATO countries.
Stavridis, however, seems hesitant about a role on Clinton’s ticket. In a radio interview with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, he laughed off the possibility.
“On a good day, I stand about 5-foot-5, and when they called me up and said, ‘Hey, you’re on the shortlist,’ I thought, ‘You must be talking about my height,'” Stavridis said. “The other problem I have is it’s very tough to get ‘Stavridis’ to fit on a bumper sticker.”
Another option for Clinton could be retired Adm. Bill McRaven, the former head of U.S. Special Operations Command and current chancellor of the University of Texas system.
While it doesn’t appear he is actively being vetted by the Clinton campaign, there have been rumors Clinton could consider the former Navy SEAL officer.
In an August 2014 article in the Daily Beast, at the time of his retirement, McRaven staunchly denied he would accept the role.
However, his background in special operations, including commanding the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, could nonetheless be appealing to Clinton. As would his role as chancellor of a major public university system in Texas.
More recently, in May, conservative national security consultant Max Boot wrote on Twitter that McRaven or someone similar, “would be great VP choice for Hillary,” and would allow her to seize the center of the electorate.
Clinton is widely expected to announce her pick ahead of the Democratic National Convention, likely in a speech scheduled for July 23 in Miami, Florida.
GENEVA/DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to take military action to stop Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb but left open whether he would back the use of force to protect Gulf oil supplies that Washington fears may be under threat by Iran.
Worries about a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since attacks last week on two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping lane at the entrance to the Gulf. Washington blamed long-time foe Iran for the incidents.
Tehran denies responsibility but the attacks, and similar ones in May, have further soured relations that have plummeted since Trump pulled the United States out of a landmark international nuclear deal with Iran in May 2018.
Trump has restored and extended U.S. economic sanctions on Iran. That has forced countries around the world to boycott Iranian oil or face sanctions of their own.
But in an interview with Time magazine, Trump, striking a different tone from some Republican lawmakers who have urged a military approach to Iran, said last week's tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman had only a "very minor" impact so far.
Asked if he would consider military action to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons or to ensure the free flow of oil through the Gulf, Trump said: "I would certainly go over nuclear weapons and I would keep the other a question mark."
Minnesota Democratic Party staffer under fire for calling USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul a 'murder boat'
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday he is appalled by a state DFL Party staff member's tweet referring to the recently-launched USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul as a "murder boat."
"Certainly, the disrespect shown is beyond the pale," said Walz, who served in the Army National Guard.
William Davis, who has been the DFL Party's research director and deputy communications director, made the controversial comment in response to a tweet about the launch of a new Navy combat ship in Wisconsin: "But actually, I think it's gross they're using the name of our fine cities for a murder boat," Davis wrote on Twitter over the weekend.
'We are there to deter aggression' — Pompeo addressed CENTCOM on Iran mere moments before Shanahan announced his departure
TAMPA — Minutes before the Acting Secretary of Defense withdrew Tuesday from his confirmation process, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke at MacDill Air Force Base about the need to coordinate "diplomatic and defense efforts'' to address rising tensions with Iran.
Pompeo, who arrived in Tampa on Monday, met with Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. and Army Gen. Richard Clarke, commanders of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command respectively, to align the Government's efforts in the Middle East, according to Central Command.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The trial of Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher officially kicked off on Tuesday with the completion of jury selection, opening statements, and witness testimony indicating that drinking alcohol on the front lines of Mosul, Iraq in 2017 seemed to be a common occurrence for members of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon.
Government prosecutors characterized Gallagher as a knife-wielding murderer who not only killed a wounded ISIS fighter but shot indiscriminately at innocent civilians, while the defense argued that those allegations were falsehoods spread by Gallagher's angry subordinates, with attorney Tim Parlatore telling the jury that "this trial is not about murder. It's about mutiny."
President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will "not to go forward with his confirmation process."
Trump said that Army Secretary Mark Esper will now serve as acting defense secretary.