H.R. McMaster wants to end what he says are conspiracy theories about: Muslim Brotherhood-Islamic organizations in the U.S, radical Islam, the Iran nuke deal, and stories about the deep state. He’s eliminating people on the staff who believe otherwise. One was fired over a memo. All conservatives are being fired.
McMaster, the National Security Adviser, recently fired Bannon-Flynn ally, Lt. Col. Harvey last month. He was opposed to the Iran deal and frequently calls out radical Islam. Prior to that, McMaster fired Rich Higgins, a Bannon-Flynn ally who sent a memo in May that McMaster found objectionable.
The media rails about the people Trump has fired but they are not concerned about the firings at the NSC by McMaster.
McMaster is the same person who told his staff in July that there is no such thing as an Obama holdover.
“There’s no such thing as a holdover,” H.R. McMaster said, referring to the career professionals who stayed on the council after the presidential transition. McMaster added that career staffers are loyal to the president.
Therefore, there can be no deep state.
Who’s leaking then? One problem is Trump’s open door policy allowed anyone and everyone to march into his office, even during meetings, drop random data on his desk. That could be where the leaks were coming from.
McMaster is also very careful to not use the term “radical Islamic terrorism”.
Rich Higgins wrote an offensive memo that got passed around
Rich Higgins, a former Pentagon official who served in the NSC’s strategic-planning office as a director for strategic planning, was fired on July 21.
The memo that is unacceptable to McMaster included the following condemning globalists, Islamists, and others, according to the Atlantic:
“Globalists and Islamists recognize that for their visions to succeed, America, both as an ideal and as a national and political identity, must be destroyed,” the memo warns. It argues that this has led “Islamists [to] ally with cultural Marxists,” but that in the long run, “Islamists will co-opt the movement in its entirety.”
The memo then got passed around the White House somehow. The NSC were alleged to be unhappy that he wrote the memo which was not part of his job. Some say it made it to Trump’s desk. It’s not clear how that happened or even if it did.
Also in the memo:
“In Maoist insurgencies, the formation of a counter-state is essential to seizing state power,” the memo reads. “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.’” I was able to review large portions of the memo, and to secure extracts for publication.
“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.”
Higgins wanted PSD-11 de-classified
Higgins had also “pushed for declassification of documents having to do with radical Islam and Iran,” according to a source close to the White House. Specifically the source said Higgins had been pushing for the declassification of Presidential Study Directive 11, a classified reportt.
A goal of General Flynn’s was also to de-classify the document. PSD-11, a 2010 directive, allegedly shows Obama as a feckless leader who chose the Muslim Brotherhood to organize the Middle East and fight terrorism. In his mind and the collective minds of his advisers, they were the “moderates.”
Presidential Study Directive 11 was supposed to be a non-military solution to the Middle East problem.
The New York Times reported that Mr. Obama pressed his advisers to study popular uprisings in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia to determine which ones worked and which did not.
They wrote that he [Obama] is drawn to Indonesia, where he spent several years as a child, which ousted its longtime leader, Suharto, in 1998.
The Directive is still secret and no amount of FOIA requests can pry it from the administration’s hands. We know it was an 18-page report and that it was a plan to aid Islamist takeovers in four countries in the Middle East.
What we know was published in a Gulf News article in June, 2014: the President personally issued Presidential Study Directive 11 (PSD-11) in 2010, ordering an assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood and other “political Islamist” movements, including the ruling AKP in Turkey, ultimately concluding that the United States should shift from its longstanding policy of supporting “stability” in the Middle East and North Africa (that is, support for “stable regimes” even if they were authoritarian), to a policy of backing “moderate” Islamic political movements.
Any redacted memos that were obtained show that there were sympathies for the Muslim Brotherhood.
McMaster vs. Trump
Higgins, Harvey and Flynn want the Muslim Brotherhood declared a terrorist organization. Trump said he wanted to do that as well.
Harvey was said to have compiled a list of Obama holdovers to be fired who were possibly leaking. McMaster disagreed and fired him instead. To be fair, Harvey is described as a war hawk and Trump has promised to get the U.S. out of pointless wars.
All of those fired are pro-Israel.
In addition to Harvey and Higgins, former Breitbart writer Tera Dahl recently left the NSC. The moves suggest an ongoing struggle within the Trump White House over the nature of the threats facing the United States, and how to address them, the Atlantic reported.
None of Ben Rhodes staffers have been fired according to some reports.