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Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

No, it was smart to take Kushner to Iraq

At the very least, Dunford got to know Kushner a bit, and Kushner likely learned a bit about the U.S. military.

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I’ve seen a lot of criticism of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford for inviting First Son-in-Law Jared Kushner along on a trip to Iraq.

I disagree. At the very least, Dunford got to know Kushner a bit, and Kushner likely learned a bit about the U.S. military. It’s not ideal, but it is reality.

 

I’ve seen a lot of criticism of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford for inviting First Son-in-Law Jared Kushner along on a trip to Iraq.

I disagree. At the very least, Dunford got to know Kushner a bit, and Kushner likely learned a bit about the U.S. military. It’s not ideal, but it is reality.

As Kori “What’s the Story?” Schake observed in a tweet, the Pentagon didn’t make Kushner powerful. President Donald Trump did. Dunford is just dealing with the cards a malign fate has dealt him.

Photo credit: Department of Defense 

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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