Skip to comments.McMaster: The Ultimate Holdover
Posted on 08/07/2017 1:45:44 PM PDT by pgkdan
Why President Trump needs to fire his national security advisor.
Many in the conservative media are urging President Trump to fire his national security advisor, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. McMaster should be fired forthwith, but the reasons being argued are subsidiary to the primary reasons McMaster has to go.
The debate over McMaster has been framed in terms of his loyalty to Trump. Though loyalty to the president is important, McMasters ideology and bad judgment are what make him unfit for the position.
For eight years the Obama administration relentlessly politicized everything it touched. Those dedicated to Obamas ideology were embedded in every agency at every level.
Obamas failures are numerous and highly damaging to our national security. His State Department produced an awful arms agreement with the Russians, tried desperately to pressure Israel into an untenable peace agreement, and proudly signed Obamas nuclear weapons deal with Iran.
Obamas Defense Department supported the massive spending cuts Obama engineered. Those cuts are the source of the readiness crisis we now face which, for example, leave about 70% of Marine Corps F-18s unfit to fly combat missions. Moreover, the Pentagon never took a stand against Obamas Iran deal or his dangerous Russian strategic weapons deal.
The Pentagon failed to alert American forces on the anniversaries of 9/11 (on one of which the Benghazi attacks occurred) and dedicated itself to fighting climate change and social experimentation such as admitting women to special forces and welcoming transgendered people. The army secretary ordered commanders to compromise readiness in favor of lactation needs of serving soldiers.
How far down the politicization of the military penetrated was demonstrated in 2015 in the rebellion of dozens of Central Commands intelligence analysts who had been ordered to change their findings to match Obamas political decisions regardless of the facts.
The military became divided between those who supported Obamas way of war denying Islam had anything to do with terrorism, cutting military spending, and withdrawing American influence wherever it became noticeable and those who could not get promoted to high rank.
In the Obama White House, the central political organization was the National Security Council, which became a sort of politburo, pushing Obamas ideology, agenda, and falsehoods around the government and media.
For example, within about a dozen hours of the Benghazi attacks, the CIA had produced talking points for administration officials saying that the Libyan diplomatic outpost and CIA annex had been attacked by terrorists. Thats where NSC intervened.
Obama and Hillary Clinton wanted to spin a story against the truth. They called in UN Ambassador later National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who had heard from Ben Rhodes, then the deputy national security advisor for strategic communications. In an infamous memo, he changed the infamous Benghazi talking points to mislead the American people and claim that there were demonstrations, not planned terrorist attacks, that erupted in riots.
Their objective as stated in their contemporaneous emails was to claim that the Libyan intervention wasnt a major policy failure by Obama. Rice, five days after the attacks, went on four Sunday political talk shows to tell that obvious lie.
Rice established herself as a champion liar then (and afterwards), for a time even exceeding Hillary Clintons reputation. Time after time, Rice and her staff tried to spin the facts away to help Obama.
President Trumps first national security advisor, retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, didnt last long enough to reform the NSC staff and rid it of the Obama loyalists. The holdovers from Rices staff, one source tells me, number in the dozens. Trumps second advisor, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, has been there for months but hasnt removed most of the Obama hirelings. Several dozen remain, many in positions of significant responsibility.
There are four people in positions of responsibility in the NSC who have been identified by a source as people who had been direct reports to Rhodes i.e., who worked under his direct supervision who McMaster has protected and retained. They are: Abigail Grace (Special Assistant), Fernando Cutz (NSC Director for South America), Andrea Hall (NSC Senior Director for WMD, Terrorism & Threat Reduction), and Merry Lin (Director for Global and Asia Economics).
Why would any national security advisor working for Trump not rid the NSC of these people immediately and the dozens of others as soon as he could? One source told me there are over fifty such holdovers on the NSC staff.
None of the four and the other holdovers should remain employed at the NSC. Every one of them should be viewed as a political operative dedicated to thwarting whatever Trump wants to do.
McMaster recently told an NSC staff meeting, Theres no such thing as a holdover. That is simply bizarre.
The problem is that McMaster is the ultimate holdover. He comprises a significant threat to national security.
Since March Ive written that McMaster should not be national security advisor because he believes that Islam has no relationship to terrorism. I pointed out several of his remarks to that effect including a 2016 speech in which he said ISIS is an example of the terrorist enemy who cynically use a perverted interpretation of religion to incite hatred and justify horrific cruelty against innocents.
In that article, I demonstrated that McMasters view of Islam is the same sort of politically correct garbage that weve been fed since 9/11. There are, I wrote, two schools of Islamic jurisprudence. They believe either that the Koran requires Muslims to terrorize, slay or enslave everyone who isnt a believer in Islam or that it only permits them to do so.
I concluded that either the terrorists are either the most faithful believers or they have an equal claim to their faith as all Muslims do. In either case, McMaster is profoundly wrong. Anyone whose view of the terrorist threat is so wrong should not be national security advisor.
Obama drove our military and foreign policy in this direction for eight years. In those years, McMaster was promoted by a military system that followed sheepishly in lockstep with the president. No general or admiral resigned on principle.
For more than a decade, I have written again and again that we cannot win the war against Islamic terrorism unless and until we defeat the ideology that drives them.
McMaster is part of the politically correct military who were promoted under Obama for fealty to his politics. Echoing Obama, McMaster has told NSC staff to not use the term radical Islamic terrorism because it is inaccurate and unhelpful, insisting that terrorists are un-Islamic.
A man dedicated to that PC belief will always advise the president to refuse to fight the Islamist ideology. Mr. Trump, who clearly is not an expert in any matters of national security, has and will continue listen to him. And continue to lose the wars we are fighting.
Contrast that with Trumps first national security advisor, Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn. Flynn co-wrote The Field of Fight with my friend Michael Ledeen. In the books penultimate chapter, Flynn prescribed his formula to defeat the Islamic terror networks. He said defeating them means:
Destroying the jihadi armies, and killing or capturing their leaders;
Discrediting their ideology, which will be greatly helped by our military victories, but which requires a serious program all its own
McMaster and Defense Secretary James Mattis produced a strategy for Afghanistan that the president rejected angrily about two weeks ago. The president reportedly did so because it recommended another round of what weve been doing unsuccessfully in Afghanistan for almost sixteen years. If the president wants new ideas and a strategy that isnt a rehash of past failures, hes not going to get it from those two.
He could have gotten them from Mike Flynn. When Flynn was fired (properly so for lying to the Vice President), Trump was convinced reportedly by Sen. John McCain and disgraced Gen. David Petraeus to replace him with McMaster.
McMasters recent actions in firing several top National Security Council staffers proves that his deep-seated faithfulness to the Obama doctrine. He has fired people from the NSC staff who deviate from that doctrine by opposing Obamas Iran nuclear weapons deal and who have a good understanding of the terrorist threat. He fires those people while retaining the Obama acolytes.
Former CIA director James Clapper admitted last week that both he and Susan Rice were engaged in unmasking the identities of U.S. citizens in 2016. Remember that NSA interception of communications under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act sometimes intercepts communications between foreign agents and people in the U.S. The law requires that the identities of those people are masked i.e., concealed from intelligence consumers unless those consumers, in specific instances where a national security interest is in play, request that they be unmasked.
Clapper and Rice almost certainly abused their powers to unmask people for the political purpose of spying on Trumps campaign. Who among the many Obama holdovers among the NSC staff people who McMaster is retaining helped Rice do that?
These arent just bad decisions by McMaster: theyre proof that he believes the Obamaites who helped the Obama NSC produce lies and may have helped the Rice and Clapper spy on the Trump campaign are essential to his functions.
Last, and importantly, is the fact that McMaster didnt resign from the army to take the job he holds. Hes a careerist, more interested in getting one final promotion, to full general, than in anything else. Hes sure to write a tell-all book when he leaves the NSC.
Thats the person Trump now trusts with the job of national security advisor. The president continues to do so at our risk.
Why are there several dozen obama people still in the NSC. I didn't vote for the President so that obama's people could stay on in Justice and State and the NSC to see that obama's destructive agenda continues to move FORWARD!
McMaster is a neverTrumper ,, loyalty? gimme a break ,, he’s just there to undermine.
Consider what Obama did secretly off line, I would allow no holdovers at all. Everyone wanting back into my administration would need to be re-cleared.
Trump doesn’t look to bloggers for advice, so neither do I.
“Consider what Obama did secretly off line, I would allow no holdovers at all. Everyone wanting back into my administration would need to be re-cleared.”
Absolutely. Those who Obama surrounded himself include too many fanatic ideologues who feel justified doing just about anything in order to proceed with their self-perceived ‘divine mission’. These are cultists, and are just as dangerous as the members of any cult.
If Trump doesn’t publicly fire McMaster I’ll believe Trump has been compromised, most likely by threats to his family, or, he was used by the deep state to fool us just like the bogus Florida recount was used to fool us. It fooled us into thinking we’d won by putting a retarded fraudulent puppet in the white house.
This is a stupid statement and absolute contradiction - one can't be loyal to a President who opposes many things "your ideology" represents.
Jed Babbin is a former United States Deputy Undersecretary of Defense who served during the first Bush administration in the United States.
This article blows away all the arguments for retaining McMaster. Obozo demonstrated time and again that he would dismiss any military officer at the drop of a dime who was not on board with his ideology. McMaster survived. Now, this chameleon thinks he can morph into the President’s administration. This guy is slick, but he doesn’t pass the litmus test for this President. He is perhaps the most devious and potentially dangerous member of the “Deep State.”
Mac needs to be shown the exit STAT!
I cannot figure out a good reason that McMaster is in his position. Is there a subtle way to use him there or is Trump just lacking in power to actually get rid of these pro_pieceful_religion_ traitors.
You’re being gamed. This attempt to fire McMasters through unconfirmed leaks and media smears will only result in Trump looking weak. If Trump thinks McMasters needs to go, he’ll fire him. Otherwise you’re just working for the dems in this regard. We’ve got plenty of foes on the left and in the GOP congress. Lets focus on them.
I agree. There is a reason that McMasters is around. Trump knows it and we, apparently, do not.
I don’t like what I read about McMasters, either, but I know Trump is reading it as well.
That having been said, if he can't admit that Islam is a problem, then his political ideology disqualifies him as National Security Adviser in these times.
I’m starting to think Kelly is just as dangerous.
He’s the guy who schmoozed Trump into getting the CoS position—and immediately moved to shut down Trump’s access to the outside world.
The president is valiantly fighting the good fight for us, but that he has been this deluded this many months in is discouraging.
McMaster, Kelly and Mueller need to go.
He needs to call me. I will school him but good, having studied Islam since the mid-60s.
“one source tells me”
“who have been identified by a source”
” One source told me”
Funny how no one has a name.
“Since March Ive written that McMaster should not be national security advisor because he believes that Islam has no relationship to terrorism.”
That’s just a lie. McMaster uses the same term as the King of Jordan and other of our Gulf allies to describe terrorist Islam- and that’s “political Islam”. Mattis does exactly the same thing. But they won’t use terms that our Muslim allies in the fight against ISIS and the Taliban find insulting. Anyone who thinks that we don’t have Muslim allies needs to explain who they think is doing the bulk of the heavy door to door fighting in Mosul and Raqqa.
President Trump reiterated his support for McMaster just last Friday. Jeb Babbin isn’t wiser than Trump.
That’s bull squat. McMaster has been a religion of peace guy since 9-12-01. He is not to be trusted. And as far as I’m concerned Mattiis is just as bad. Trump is not omniscient and has an obvious soft spot for Generals. there’s no good reason why upwards of 40 obama NSC scum are STILL in the White House.
I’m not being gamed and I do trust Trump. In most regards. McMaster is an Obama General protecting the Obama NSC staff in the Trump White House. What’s wrong with this picture?
Yeah. Too bad Trump doesn’t have the wisdom you do. pgkdan for President 2020.
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