President Trump’s new national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, has wasted no time in differentiating himself from his boss.
Trump has been insistent on calling out “radical Islamic terrorism” as a threat to our nation. He has also slammed President Obama and other Democrats for their unwillingness to name the enemy.
Conversely, McMaster feels the term to be less than helpful.
Individuals who attended Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster’s first National Security Council meeting on Thursday told the Times that the newly appointed adviser thinks the term is not beneficial because terrorists are “un-Islamic.”
I really have to interject here.
There are different sects of Islam, and to some, violence is most assuredly “Islamic.”
But I digress.
McMaster’s approach isn’t just a departure from Trump’s views, but also that of Michael Flynn, the man McMaster is replacing.
Flynn resigned from the position over a week ago, after it was discovered that he misled the vice president, in regards to the content of his conversation with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
Flynn once said fear of Muslims is “rational” and likened the religion to a “cancer.” He wrote a book centering on the “global war against radical Islam.”
McMaster does have a solid background.
He was the director for the Army Capabilities Integration Center, and Deputy Commanding General, Futures, at U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
He wrote a book called Dereliction of Duty, slamming military officers from the Vietnam war for not challenging President Lyndon B. Johnson and his Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, over strategies. The book is recommended reading for colonels and generals in the Marine Corps.
He is a student of military history and has said that interest has been an influence on his military career.
Will his subdued and cagey approach to Islamic terrorism mesh with Trump’s more blunt style of leadership?
We’ll have to wait and see.