Trump’s National Security Adviser Gen. McMaster Reportedly Rejects ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’ Term


Breaking with a key ideological position of the Trump administration, McMaster said Muslim terrorists go against their religion, according to The New York Times.


President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, reportedly rejected the term “radical Islamic terrorism” this week, breaking with a key ideological position of the administration.

McMaster said at his first staff meeting at the National Security Council on Thursday that Muslims who commit acts of terrorism are “un-Islamic,” The New York Times reported, citing sources who attended the session.

“Radical Islamist terrorism,” a term McMaster reportedly described as counterproductive during Thursday’s meeting, is often used by Trump. Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, Trump vowed to “keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country.” During his inauguration, he promised to “unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.” And during his election campaign, he berated his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and then-President Barack Obama for not using the term.

McMaster’s comments come almost a week after Trump appointed him to replace Gen. Michael Flynn, who echoed Trump’s use of the term. It’s unclear if he will need Senate confirmation because he is a three-star general taking on a new assignment.

The New York Times said that McMaster’s language is closer to the positions of former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, both of whom took care to separate terrorism from the teachings of Islam. 

“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,” Mr. McCants said.

The report cited several officials as saying that McMaster has been vocal about his views on dealing with Islamic militancy, including in conversations with Trump.

Peter R. Mansoor, a retired Army colonel who served with McMaster in Iraq during the 2007 surge of U.S. troops, told the Associated Press that McMaster “absolutely does not view Islam as the enemy” and believes that in the war against extremism, “we need to have Muslim nations on our side, on the side of moderation.

“So I think he will present a degree of pushback against the theories being propounded in the White House that this is a clash of civilizations and needs to be treated as such,” he said.

Still, it’s an open question how McMaster, a decorated combat veteran, will fare in a White House that has set up what some call a parallel power structure led by Stephen Bannon and his strategic initiatives group, whose role and reach hasn’t been publicly explained. As Trump’s chief strategist, Bannon, the conservative media executive with outspoken views about Islam, has a seat on the National Security Council’s principals committee in a restructuring that puts him on equal footing with Cabinet members like Pentagon chief Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Mansoor said Bannon’s inclusion on the principals committee shows his group “has an outsized measure of importance within the White House.”

McMaster will immediately encounter Trump’s proposed ban on travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations, which has been stymied in court. Both the Pentagon and the State Department are pushing to have Iraq removed from that list of seven, officials say, noting that Iraq is an ally in the fight against the Islamic State group and that Iraqis have long served in support of U.S. forces there. It’s an example of the more pragmatic foreign policy push led by Mattis and Tillerson.

  1. #1 by MJ on 02/25/2017 - 9:34

    If they make this about Islam and its theology rather than about their disgusting foreign policy this Will get ugly:
    Check out Land Destroyers tweet (Feb 13) and let those that think, ponder.:

    Land Destroyer‏@LandDestroyer Feb 13
    Islam = 1.6 billion globally. If even 1% = “violent/murderous” that would be a 16 million-strong, unstoppable army. Obviously not even 1%.

  2. #2 by Todd Christopher Raine on 02/25/2017 - 9:34

    McMaster is an McBulldozer for the McKosher McDeepstate.
    The “swamp” is being filled with orthodox rats.
    New ‘Cold War’ with Russia, billions of $$$ for MIC and the Wall.
    Settlements expanding with Western Christian ‘tards cheering,
    regardless of their ‘messiahs’ warning.
    No wonder Christ must return.
    No wonder the Qur’an predicts this.
    Mankind is not clever enough to save themselves.
    Truly, the orthodox wolves are the rulers of this world and I am
    almost ashamed to call myself a ‘Christian’.
    If I were ‘Muslim’, my shame would be no less.
    What proud CONSUMERS you must all be.

  3. #3 by The Equalizer on 02/26/2017 - 9:34

    This is interesting. If true it has to have Satanyahoo and his fellow zionist murderers worried; not too mention the American zionist traitors within the Establishment and “news” media. Their whole strategy of the last 25 years of turning Americans against those “Moooozlims” is to portray all of them as blood-thirsty maniacs who want to kill the “infidels” (for example, Pamela Geller).
    The jooz are masters at saying and convincing others of:

    “Let’s you and him fight”

    With this statement by McMaster maybe the “worm” has started to turn the other way. Time will tell

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