Americans should be asking if there is a ‘fox guarding the White House.’ Specifically, they should want to know if National Security Adviser and retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster is loyal to President Donald Trump’s policies or if some recent events should have them concerned.
Recently, McMaster fired Ezra Cohen-Watnick, Sr. Director for Intelligence programs who was deemed to be a loyalist of both Trump and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.
You may recall that Bannon was removed from his National Security Council role earlier this year by McMaster.
Why would McMaster fire Cohen-Watnick? There has been little mention of McMaster’s reasons for doing so.
Cohen-Watnick was identified as the person who met with Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. and House Intelligence Committee Chairman in March when he was summoned to the White House. Nunes was leading the Russia probe at the time and had been asked to come to the White House for pertinent information pertaining to his investigation.
During their meeting, Nunes was given intelligence reports showing that Trump and associates were incidentally surveilled by U.S. Intelligence.
McMaster originally attempted to remove Cohen-Watnick following the revelation that he gave information to Nunes but at the urging of Trump who some say was influenced by Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, McMaster was not allowed to fire him.
McMaster was, however, successful at removing Kushner and a few other individuals that Michael Flynn, former NSA and retired Lt. Gen. hired before being asked to resign due to a Russia investigation that is ongoing.
Cohen-Watnick was allowed to stay on with a “wait and see” attitude from McMaster but apparently McMaster changed his mind and recently terminated him.
A White House official indicated that McMaster’s reason for the dismissal was that, ““He has determined that, at this time, a different set of experiences is best-suited to carrying that work forward.”
What changed or did McMaster intend to dismiss him all along but was just waiting for the right time?
McMaster also terminated another Flynn hire last week, retired Army intelligence officer Derek Harvey. Harvey was a senior Middle East adviser.
Are these firings really all that unusual?
Could this be nothing more than a newly appointed NSA head wanting to bring in his own people rather than keep those hired under Flynn who is facing public scrutiny for possible wrongdoing concerning alleged Russia involvement?
Some would argue that McMaster’s reasons go deeper.
Take for instance recently fired Rich Higgins, a former Pentagon official who served in the NSC’s strategic-planning office as a director for strategic planning. Higgins was also a hired by Flynn.
According to the left-wing Daily Beast, Higgins was nothing more than “another NSC official who saw radical Islam in everything from Iraq to the decision to bring back the McRib.”
Higgins was terminated by McMaster after writing a memo that McMaster reportedly saw as a conspiratorial piece rather than realistic.
Higgins memo stated in pertinent part:
“In Maoist insurgencies, the formation of a counter-state is essential to seizing state power. Functioning as a hostile complete state acting within an existing state, it has an alternate infrastructure. Political warfare operates as one of the activities of the ‘counter-state.
Because the left is aligned with Islamist organizations at local, national, and international levels, recognition should be given to the fact that they seamlessly interoperate through coordinated synchronized interactive narratives … These attack narratives are pervasive, full spectrum, and institutionalized at all levels. They operate in social media, television, the 24-hour news cycle in all media and are entrenched at the upper levels of the bureaucracies.”
The Atlantic reports: Higgins “pushed for declassification of documents having to do with radical Islam and Iran,” according to a source close to the White House. A source close to Higgins said that specifically, Higgins had been pushing for the declassification of Presidential Study Directive 11, a classified report produced in 2010 by the Obama administration which presaged the Arab Spring, outlining unrest throughout the Middle East.”
McMaster, who seemingly contradicted Trump’s policy on terrorism, reportedly told his staff in February during their first staff meeting that the label “radical Islamic terrorism” wasn’t helpful because terrorists are “un-Islamic.”
Some have indicated that McMaster’s views are closer to that of former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama who made it clear that they separate acts of terrorism from Islamic teaching.
Recently, many have called for the firing of McMaster due in part to his recent firings of Trump loyalists, for allowing Susan Rice, Obama’s National Security Adviser to keep her top-secret clearance after it was disclosed she was unmasking members of Trump’s team and because others see him as a globalist and not a nationalist, the viewpoint which got Trump elected.
Whether McMaster is a ‘fox guarding the White House’ and not a true loyalist to Trump’s agenda doesn’t seems to be an issue for Trump.
Trump defended McMaster this weekend after calls for him to be fired:
“General McMaster and I are working very well together. He is a good man and very pro–Israel. I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country.”
Regardless of where you may stand on the issue, let’s hope President Trump continues to stay focused on nationalist policies while keeping one eye on his loyalists in the White House who may need protection from McMaster.
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