Andrew Traver, who was nominated to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (a.k.a. F Troop) in 2010 and again in 2011 and both times, the nomination died in the Senate, for good reasons. With that, one can be forgiven for assuming that Traver passed into obscurity. WRONG. He’s back.
The Secretary of the Navy, Ray Maybus, announced the appointment of Traver as head of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). A position not subject to Senate approval. So in that, the nomination is outside of We the People’s scrutiny, let alone control.
Traver served aboard the Charles F. Adams-class destroyer Benjamin Stoddert and was stationed in Newport, R.I.; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; San Diego and Coronado, Calif., during his naval career. Wow. What a brilliant career!
One has to wonder why the acting director, Mark Ridley, was not confirmed? Ridley, apparently is doing such a good job that his position, until now, had not come into question. So why would this administration even consider the appointment of Traver to replace someone who through all outward appearances was doing a good job? The answer is obvious.
Our illustrious Criminal in Chief is using this nomination as a smokescreen to divert our attention from so many other matters that are in the news. Obamacare, Syria, Unions, Benghazi, just to name a few. However, in the short term, we may be upset with the Traver appointment, that appointment came way too early to be much of a political asset.
The majority of this country’s memory is very short lived. By the time the mid-term elections roll around, the Traver appointment will have been forgotten.
We need remind not only our class 2 Senators, but also to our Representative in the House as well that they took an “Oath of Office” for the position they now hold. While Congress took this oath, as we all know, they view it as symbolic. For us, We the People, we take that Oath seriously and will hold each and every one accountable to that oath.