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McMaster breaks with Trump on “radical Islamic terrorism,” claims terrorists are “un-Islamic”

Saturday, February 25, 2017 12:24
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This is a throwback to the politically correct lies and half-truths that deformed our response to the Islamic jihad threat during the Obama years. President Trump had vowed to correct this. Now he has appointed a national security adviser who is just as willfully ignorant as Obama and his team. This has to be sorted out, and quickly.

“H.R. McMaster Breaks With Administration on Views of Islam,” by Mark Landler and Eric Schmitt, New York Times, February 24, 2017:

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s newly appointed national security adviser has told his staff that Muslims who commit terrorist acts are perverting their religion, rejecting a key ideological view of other senior Trump advisers and signaling a potentially more moderate approach to the Islamic world.

The adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, told the staff of the National Security Council on Thursday, in his first “all hands” staff meeting, that the label “radical Islamic terrorism” was not helpful because terrorists are “un-Islamic,” according to people who were in the meeting.

That is a repudiation of the language regularly used by both the president and General McMaster’s predecessor, Michael T. Flynn, who resigned last week after admitting that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about a phone call with a Russian diplomat.

It is also a sign that General McMaster, a veteran of the Iraq war known for his sense of history and independent streak, might move the council away from the ideologically charged views of Mr. Flynn, who was also a three-star Army general before retiring.

Wearing his Army uniform, General McMaster spoke to a group that has been rattled and deeply demoralized after weeks of upheaval, following a haphazard transition from the Obama administration and amid the questions about links to Russia, which swiftly engulfed Mr. Flynn.

General McMaster, several officials said, has been vocal about his views on dealing with Islamic militancy, including with Mr. Trump, who on Monday described him as “a man of tremendous talent, tremendous experience.” General McMaster got the job after Mr. Trump’s first choice, Robert S. Harward, a retired Navy vice admiral, turned it down.

Within a day of his appointment on Monday, General McMaster was popping into offices to introduce himself to the council’s professional staff members. The staff members, many of them holdovers from the Obama administration, felt viewed with suspicion by Mr. Trump’s team and shut out of the policy-making process, according to current and former officials.

In his language, General McMaster is closer to the positions of former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Both took pains to separate acts of terrorism from Islamic teaching, in part because they argued that the United States needed the help of Muslim allies to hunt down terrorists.

“This is very much a repudiation of his new boss’s lexicon and worldview,” said William McCants, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of “The ISIS Apocalypse.”

“McMaster, like Obama, is someone who was in positions of leadership and thought the United States should not play into the jihadist propaganda that this is a religious war,” Mr. McCants said.

“There is a deep hunger for McMaster’s view in the interagency,” he added, referring to the process by which the State Department, Pentagon and other agencies funnel recommendations through the National Security Council. “The fact that he has made himself the champion of this view makes people realize they have an advocate to express dissenting opinions.”

But Mr. McCants and others cautioned that General McMaster’s views would not necessarily be the final word in a White House where Mr. Trump and several of his top advisers view Islam in deeply xenophobic terms. Some aides, including the president’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, have warned of a looming existential clash between Islam and the Judeo-Christian world….


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  • diane

    I agree with the president and Mr. Bannon that the religion and culture are one. I do not want my country to change from the Judo Christian Society that it has always been. I do not want what has happen to the many countries in Europe to happen to the United States Of America.

    • Debbie

      I agree with you 100%, I don’t want America to be destroyed by Muslim refugees, and I believe they are a threat…but what you need to understand..and what McMasters might be saying here is that ISIS was created by the US and ISrael. They created ISIS – they organized, hired, trained, armed, financed ISIS as part of their dirty wars in the ME for Rothschild owned Israel hegemony to basically steal oil and set up central banks in the ME….Obama and Israel gave ISIS the back story of radical Islamic terrorists to create the fear they needed to get Americans and others behind the big fight, McMasters knows that ISIS war is another false flag operation………the Rothschild Israelis and their American front men (think McCain and Graham, Hillary, Obama and all the Bush family), they still want to get rid of Assad and take over Syria (gas pipeline) and Iran (resources), they still want to takeover all the resources in the ME…to them it’s a big joke that they hang Americans with both the costs for running ISIS and the muslim refugee problem …
      My only fear with Trump is that he has traitors (his daughter because of her Israeli mafia handler Kushner), and he might be too pro- Israel, which is to say too pro ROTHSCHILD agenda. It is estimated that taxpayers have spent over 10 trillion dollars in the last few years running wars for Israel hegemony…and it is probably safe to say that Obama and the CIA/FBI ran most all of the “radical islamist” false flag attacks here in America….all to produce the fear level they require for control of the population. McMasters knows way more than you and I and Trump……….

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