My subjective opinion about the individual in question is that he seems very qualified and accomplished from a military point of view. Unfortunately, we already have someone in that position, the head military person in the armed services. Austin has spent pretty much his entire adult life in the military, he is a military man through and through (and I say that as a compliment and a veteran myself). By law, that is not what the Sec Def is supposed to be. There was never an exemption granted to that law until Trump sought one for Mattis. I didn't support that one either. Civilian control of the military is an important element of our country going back to its founding. If everyone disregards it whenever it is inconvenient, it means nothing.
I understand. You may be right.But, I’m more of the opinion that it’s easier for a military man to think like a civilian than it is for a civilian to think like a soldier. This retired general has seen and worked with civilian leadership a lot.
To say someone is qualified to do the job, but to hire him would erode an inviolable tradition just strikes me as kinda dumb. Trump was the first to do the waiver, but that doesn’t make it wrong.
We could go on, but I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree.