It is no secret that White House National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster likes to describe America’s enemies not for what they are. According to him, the phrase ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ isn’t helpful when working with America’s Arab allies in the fight against terrorism. This lack of proper labeling was a major issue with the Obama Administration for 8 years. President Trump and H.R. McMaster seemingly are at odds with the phrase ‘radical Islamic terrorism’, with the President having no issue using the term freely.
Many Americans feel that the National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster’s failure and unwillingness to use the ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ diminishes the true religious motivations behind the terrorist attacks carried out by organizations such as Hamas, Al-Qaeda, and Hezbollah.
Back in 2014, while giving a speech at the 136th General Conference and Exhibition of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS), he said, “War is profoundly human. What do all of these conflicts have in common? Of course, there are a lot of differences, right? And we have to be sensitive to local differences and realities that drive conflict. But what you see is you see these really irreligious organizations. These criminal organizations, who cloak themselves in this kind of false legitimacy of Islam. But they are really un-Islamic. They want to portray themselves as patrons and protectors of aggrieved parties. So their strategy has been to pit communities against each other. Get them to fight each other and then come in as patron and protector and gain control of a chaotic situation and then establish control through brutality, through intimidation. Use control of populations and resources to conduct more attacks, more mass murder of innocent people to drive retribution attacks like you saw maybe these Shia militias conduct this execution in the mosque in Diyala province. That is what they want. They want this kind of cycle of violence to accelerate–to get more and more destructive”.
On several occasions, H.R. McMaster has in the past denied the Islamic connection and motivation of these radical Islamic terrorist groups who want to destroy America. This brings the question, why did President Trump even consider hiring H.R. McMaster as his National Security Advisor? In an interview with ABC’s This Week McMaster stated the following, in a response to a question about whether or not President Trump would use the phrase ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ when giving a speech in Saudi Arabia. “The president will call it whatever he wants to call it, but I think it’s important that, whatever we call it, we recognize that [extremists] are not religious people. And, in fact, these enemies of all civilizations, what they want to do is to cloak their criminal behavior under this fall idea of some kind of religious war.” When President Trump gave the speech he used the terms Islamist extremism and Islamic terror groups. Using these terms in front of the Saudi’s was a very important step to demonstrate that the Trump Administration doesn’t suffer from the same mislabeling problem as the previous Obama Administration.
The issue with H.R. McMaster’s logic is that terrorist groups Hamas, Al-Qaeda, and Hezbollah constantly cite the Quran as logic and reason behind why they rape, murder, kill, and engage in slave trading. All of these organizations want a caliphate, and they all claim that they are fighting a Holy war. When the enemy is essentially calling what they do ‘radical Islamic terrorism’, and the National Security Advisor can’t, while the acting President of the United States can, this creates a weak point, which America’s enemies can extrapolate. If H.R. McMaster is worried about being politically correct, then he is in the wrong job.
Frank Gaffney, the President of the Center for Security Policy, told Breitbart News that H.R. McMaster is endangering national security, and that President Trump should fire him. “It is no small irony that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster – a man who wrote a book entitled Dereliction of Duty about malfeasant political interference in the U.S. military’s conduct of a war – is now perpetrating the greatest reprise of such dereliction since Vietnam with his insistence that the wellspring for jihadist terror is not authoritative Islam and its supremacist Sharia doctrine. President Trump must treat such incompetence as a firing offense.”
President Trump at various points has been asked about the status of H.R. McMaster’s employment and the President has indicated he has no intention of firing H.R. McMaster. Perhaps the reason why the President is keeping him on is due to the General’s political connections in the Middle East. However, President Trump has demonstrated his patience can wear thin rather quickly when his employees don’t toe the line.