President Trump’s National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster, has been nothing short of an enigmatic character in the new administration. A distinguished army officer, having served in the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, McMaster was expected to bring forth a hard-hitting, honest assessment of the existential threat posed by radical Islam.
So far, this expectation has not come into fruition as McMaster has repeatedly disassociated Islam from the terror committed by the jihadists in rather Obamaesque fashion.
As reported by Breitbart:
“Delivering the keynote address at last April’s Norwich University ROTC Centennial Symposium, McMaster criticized “modern day barbarians like Daesh and Al-Qaeda who cynically use a perverted interpretation of religion to perpetuate ignorance, incite hatred, and commit the most heinous crimes against innocents.”
“In February, CNN cited a source inside a National Security Council meeting quoting McMaster as saying that the use of the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” is unhelpful in working with allies to fight terrorism.”
In May, McMaster spoke on ABC’s This Week about whether Trump would use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” in a speech that the president was about to give in Saudi Arabia. “The president will call it whatever he wants to call it,” McMaster said. “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 false idea of some kind of religious war.”
In a shocking new development, McMaster recently endorsed a book written by a U.S. Army officer and former senior adviser and analyst under the Obama administration at the Joint Intelligence Task Force for Combating Terrorism at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Youssef Aboul-Enein, titled “Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat.”
The book provides a full-fledged defense of jihad as largely peaceful means to struggle or exert effort such as waking up early in the morning to recite prayers. It also argues that groups like Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations have hijacked the concept of jihad to wage warfare using such tactics as suicide bombings.
McMaster provided a glowing blurb for the book jacket, referring to Aboul-Enein’s book as “an excellent starting point” for understanding terrorist ideology. McMaster also promoted the book in ARMOR, the journal of the U.S. Army’s Armor Branch, published at Fort Benning, Georgia, where McMaster served as commanding general at the Ft. Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence.
In the blurb, McMaster revealed his own views on terrorism, claiming that “terrorist organizations use a narrow and irreligious ideology to recruit undereducated and disenfranchised people to their cause.”
On this issue of Hamas:
Throughout the McMaster-endorsed Militant Islamist Ideology book, Aboul-Enein struggles to properly categorize Hamas; but at no point does he call Gaza’s murderous Islamist rulers a terrorist organization.
At one point, Aboul-Enein differentiates between “militant Islamists” and Hamas, grouping the latter among “Islamist political groups.”
The book’s slant on Al-Qaeda is alarming:
Aboul-Enein refers to the deadly terrorism of al-Qaida in Iraq as “resistance.”
Where McMaster’s allegiances lie are anybody’s guess. However, the endorsement that he made for Aboul-Enein’s book raise fundamental questions on his capacity and willingness to engage global jihad in a serious manner. If Trump wants to advance his agenda and follow through on his groundbreaking speech in Riyadh just months ago, will McMaster be the right man in the job as National Security Advisor?
[Note: This article was written by Zachary Smith]