Why Fred Fleitz is the right man for the job

Ex­pe­ri­enced in na­tional se­cu­rity, he is par­tic­u­larly fo­cused on North Korea and Iran

The Washington Times Daily - - OPINION - By Wil­liam G. Boykin Wil­liam G. Boykin, an Army lieu­tenant gen­eral, served as deputy un­der­sec­re­tary of De­fense for In­tel­li­gence un­der Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush. He is cur­rently ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent at Fam­ily Re­search Coun­cil.

Re­cently, Pres­i­dent Trump and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser John Bolton se­lected Fred Fleitz to be Mr. Bolton’s deputy at the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. Fred is the right man for this crit­i­cal job, es­pe­cially given the on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with Kim Jong-un of North Korea. Fred is one of the most ex­pe­ri­enced an­a­lysts in the U.S. and a true pa­triot who un­der­stands and sup­ports the pres­i­dent’s agenda.

Mr. Fleitz rep­re­sents an­other bril­liant, win­ning per­son­nel choice that will pay div­i­dends for the pres­i­dent and Mr. Bolton. Much of my as­sess­ment of Mr. Fleitz rests on my 36 years of ser­vice in the U.S. Army, which in­cluded six years in the in­tel­li­gence field with the De­part­ment of De­fense and the CIA.

Be­fore mov­ing to the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (NSC), Mr. Fleitz served for 25 years in var­i­ous jobs as­so­ci­ated with U.S. na­tional se­cu­rity. His back­ground and ex­pe­ri­ence in in­tel­li­gence is im­pres­sive. He has worked at the CIA, the De­fense In­tel­li­gence Agency, the State De­part­ment, and with House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee staff. His last po­si­tion was se­nior vice pres­i­dent for pol­icy and pro­grams at the Cen­ter for Se­cu­rity Pol­icy here in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal. His com­men­tary in op-eds, ra­dio and TV pro­grams is al­ways en­light­en­ing and re­flects an in­cred­i­ble grasp of to­day’s most com­plex is­sues, like the North Korean and Ira­nian nu­clear pro­grams. Fred’s ex­pe­ri­ence gives him an ad­van­tage over the rest of the field of com­men­ta­tors.

When he speaks, it is abun­dantly clear that he is re­flect­ing on his years of analysis and the brief­ing of up­per ech­e­lon lead­ers in the U.S. govern­ment on is­sues of na­tional in­tel­li­gence. It is com­fort­ing to me to know that he has helped pre­pare the pres­i­dent for this trip to Sin­ga­pore. There are many other im­por­tant and rel­e­vant as­pects of Mr. Fleitz’s ca­reer, but the fac­tor sup­port­ing his ap­point­ment is that his ex­pe­ri­ence aligns very closely with the great­est prob­lems fac­ing the United States to­day.

For ex­am­ple, he has two decades of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing on and think­ing about is­sues of nu­clear weapons pro­lif­er­a­tion — in­clud­ing its fi­nanc­ing across state lines. Of course, two of the great­est crises the world faces presently re­volve around keep­ing the two most dan­ger­ous na­tions in the world, North Korea and Iran, from at­tain­ing and/or en­hanc­ing their nu­clear weapons.

Like Is­raeli Pres­i­dent Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, Mr. Trump and Mr. Bolton, Mr. Fleitz has been a vo­cal critic of the Obama for­eign pol­icy that did noth­ing to stop North Korea from ac­quir­ing nu­clear weapons and bal­lis­tic mis­siles to use against the United States.

Sim­i­larly, Mr. Fleitz has been ex­tremely vo­cal in his crit­i­cism of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s du­plic­i­tous for­eign pol­icy to­ward Iran. Largely hid­den from the Amer­i­can peo­ple, that plan aimed to make Iran, Amer­ica’s fore­most en­emy in the world since the Ira­nian Rev­o­lu­tion of 1979, the dom­i­nant power in the Mid­dle East. What’s more, this in­com­pre­hen­si­ble pol­icy fore­saw and blessed Ira­nian mul­lahs’ pos­ses­sion of nu­clear weapons and the oper­a­tion of a fully func­tion­ing bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gram.

Mr. Fleitz op­poses all of this, and for that he has earned the bit­ter­est an­i­mos­ity of var­i­ous left­ist for­eign pol­icy in­ter­est groups who sup­ported this delu­sional re­align­ment of Amer­i­can for­eign pol­icy.

For decades, and on an al­most weekly ba­sis, Iran has called for the de­struc­tion of Is­rael and speaks of Jews in the most de­spi­ca­bly anti-Semitic ways imag­in­able. This regime re­ceived more than $150 bil­lion from the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion. Iran re­ceived the funds while it was sup­ply­ing the funds and ma­teriel to kill many U.S. ser­vice mem­bers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This is not an ac­cept­able pol­icy to de­cent, pa­tri­otic Amer­i­cans. It is cer­tainly not OK with Fred Fleitz, who is also known to be a great friend of Is­rael and the Jewish peo­ple.

The old­est and most his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant Jewish or­ga­ni­za­tion in our coun­try is the Zion­ist Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Amer­ica which was founded be­fore 1900 as the calls for a Jewish home­land went out. Its cur­rent pres­i­dent is Mor­ton Klein. Mr. Klein noted of Fred Fleitz that he “is a strong sup­porter of Is­rael” and is one who “un­der­stands the re­al­ity and dan­gers of the Ara­bic Is­lamic war against Is­rael.” Fur­ther­more, Mr. Klein made clear that Mr. Fleitz un­der­stands the “dan­ger of the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran’s threats against Is­rael and the U.S.”

There is much more to be said of Fred Fleitz’s im­pres­sive ca­reer, char­ac­ter and pa­tri­o­tism. I have known him for many years, and whole­heart­edly sup­port his ap­point­ment to the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. Amer­ica needs fine public ser­vants like Mr. Fleitz in hours of dis­tress.

Thus, Pres­i­dent Trump could not have made a finer se­lec­tion for deputy na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser than Fred Fleitz. The Bolton-Fleitz team will un­doubt­edly serve Amer­ica well.

When he speaks, it is abun­dantly clear that he is re­flect­ing on his years of analysis and the brief­ing of up­per ech­e­lon lead­ers in the U.S. govern­ment on is­sues of na­tional in­tel­li­gence. It is com­fort­ing to me to know that he has helped pre­pare the pres­i­dent for this trip to Sin­ga­pore.

IL­LUS­TRA­TION BY GREG GROESCH

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