"Donald Trump’s new national security advisor, Lt. General H.R. McMaster, has made troubling remarks -- such as “the Islamic State is not Islamic” -- that one expects from the D.C. establishment. However, a hearty endorsement that he gave to a 2010 book points to the totality of McMaster’s views on security issues as being worse than simply his parroting politically correct memes on Islam.
The book in question is Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat. Written by CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein, it was published by the Naval Institute Press in 2010. I read and reviewed it back in 2012 and found its claims -- many of which the Obama administration followed to disastrous results -- to be incorrect and problematic.
For starters, Aboul-Enein asserts that only “militant Islamists” -- ISIS types who behead, crucify, massacre, and burn people alive -- are the enemy. “Non-militant Islamists,” however, are not: It is the Militant Islamists who are our adversary. They represent an immediate threat to the national security of the United States. They must not be confused with Islamists.
This theme, which the author expresses in convoluted language -- at one point he urges the reader to appreciate the “the divisions between Militant Islamists and between Militant Islamists and Islamists” (p.176) -- permeates the book. In reality, all Islamists share the same ultimate goal of global Islamic hegemony. They differ in methodology -- but not in their view of us as the enemy to be crushed."
“Non-militant Islamists,” chief among them the Muslim Brotherhood, see incremental infiltration and subtle subversion of infidel Western states as more effective than outright terrorism, as one notorious Brotherhood memo clearly states.
We’ve already seen the outcome of cooperating with “Non-militant Islamists” during the Arab Spring... The Obama administration cast aside decades of U.S. policy and support for secular Arab autocrats and made cozy with the Muslim Brotherhood. What followed is well-known: the Arab Spring quickly turned into the “Islamic Winter.” This culminated with the rise of the Islamic State, in large part due to Obama’s policies, both active (aiding Islamic terrorists by portraying them as “freedom fighters,” in Libya and Syria) and inactive (pulling all U.S. forces out of Iraq despite the warnings, and disposing of a 30-year ally of the U.S., the secularist Mubarak, for the Brotherhood in Egypt).
Aboul-Enein further recommends American forces adopt a Sharia-compliant respect for Islam and Muslims.
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We are beginning to see a pattern of moderation and compromise... infiltrating the Trump Presidents cabinet... many in key positions. Gen. McMasters as the NSA and recent attempts to nominate the number two position at the Department of Defense, Ms. Anne Patterson, the former Ambassador to Egypt during the Hosni Mubarak fiasco and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood under Mohamad Morsi. She is another Muslim sympathizer and more a Leftist, in her political ideology, than conservative. See:
Trump appears to be receiving bad advice... I would council him to be very leery of placing his trust in any General Grade Officer, appointed during the Obama regimes reign. They need to be throughly vetted for their views on Islam and the New World Order. Gen. McMasters is likely to continue the failed policies of the Obama Administration given his past experience and proclivity to excuse Islam, in general, as a rouge agent of terrorism...
McMaster has ideas that conflict with Pres. Trump... regarding Islam and Terrorism. He believes that using the term 'Radical Islamic Terrorism' is not Helpful When describing the threat. His view is that Terrorists are "un-Islamic" and the label "radical Islamic terrorism" is not helpful, thus showing a marked difference from the language the President and his senior advisers often use.
Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster made these comments during his first "all-hands" staff meeting on Thursday, according the New York Times, (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/us/politics/hr-mcmaster-trump-is...) as they quoted people who attended.
'This is very much a repudiation of his new boss's lexicon and worldview," William McCants, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of "The ISIS Apocalypse," told The Times. "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." However, it is quite obvious to the casual observer that his is very much a religious war.
McMaster's comments are in direct conflict with Trump, and his predecessor's, LTC Michael Flynn, who resigned last week over his communication with a Russian diplomat.
Lieutenant General McMaster doesn’t like the phrase “Radical Islamic Terrorism” SOFREP Original Content.. we will have to see how this plays out with the Commander in Chief. Normally, a Senior Officer would avoid publically expressing opinions that are so overtly in contradiction with his commanders. However, LTC McMaster appears to be more inclined to follow the newest standards of ethical conduct... as portrayed by other leaders who disagree with Trump... within the GOP.
I do not understand why Trump did not vet his appointees to follow what he has said, and been warned about by Guilianni, Dr. Sebastian Gorka and others. It's not like he didn't have the initial advice that he should have. Many, many people offered him advice and options.
This is one more compromise, after Lt. Gen. Flynn. All anyone needs to do is read--anything in their writings, anything from the I.State, anything about end-times eschatology, to know that Islam is Islamic and Islamic means active jihad, whether it is militant or cultural. The result will be exactly the same if we do not get our senses about us and fight them in whatever cover they wear or hide behind.
Well said Jea9...
I agree - well said Jea
trying to understand the best I can, and from the most positive viewpoint I can muster, it seems like Trump is trying to learn how to swim around in the cesspool like everybody else he is suddenly surrounded by, instead of just getting the damn thing drained and fixing the core problem(s).
if ya get right down to it, the whole of the D.C. metropolitan area is fed/gov bureaucracy that wants/insists on maintaining status quo. I was kinda hoping we'd finally find out if Trump's usual style of throwing a hand grenade into the room before negotiations begin would be an effective method of countering the deeply embedded bureaucracy D.C. is. Looks like maybe it's not gonna happen though. Looks more like he's just gonna swim around in the cesspool with them instead.
It's not to late for Trump to pull the pin on that hand grenade and too toss it in the China Closet... Shock and Awe can still take place... but with each passing day he becomes mired in the corruption, until one day it will be too late... as Trump will become part of the Swamp... as many good men have succumbed to the corruption in the past.
Return to your gut Pres. Trump... let your heart be your guide... advise from corrupt men is worthless when dealing with a corrupt system. Clean house... go with shock and Awe... engage it full on... and don't waiver. If your present team is unable to support such a strategy... find those who will ... and do it quickly... before the swamp manufactures your take down... Impeachment or false claims of a rigged election... to remove you from office.