Over the past several days, there has been a suspicious buildup of voices calling for the firing of National Security Advisor Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster. It started on Twitter and quickly spilled into the MSM. It’s not the first time this has happened. There was a big push for McMaster’s ouster back in May 2017, as well.
The accusations leveled at McMaster are many, but they generally boil down to this. He’s a Globalist, anti-Israel – and opposes many of President Trump’s policies.
He’s been accused of firing behind-the-scenes Trump loyalists, particularly Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council – a man about which very little is actually known.
That McMaster has fired these people is fact. The loyalties and motives of those fired is not.
Sara Carter at Circa news recently reported that McMaster allowed Obama’s national security advisor, Susan Rice, to keep her security clearance – despite allegations of unmasking. On the surface, this seems unsettling. Less directly reported is that it has been long-standing practice to allow former national security advisors – from any administration – the same privilege. From the letter:
“I hereby waive the requirement that you must have a ‘need-to-know’ to access any classified information contained in items you ‘originated, reviewed, signed or received while serving,’ as National Security Adviser,”
Carter’s article noted:
“Trump was not aware of the letter or McMaster’s decision, according to two senior West Wing officials and an intelligence official, who spoke to Circa on condition that they not be named.”
I find this statement hard to believe. If the statement is indeed, true, President Trump is aware now. And yet, McMaster remains in his position.
Sara Carter has broken an unusually large number of high profile stories in a very short period of time. I have respect for her as a journalist. But I find myself growing ever more curious as to who is feeding her these stories. And why.
The sheer volume of attacks on McMaster from so many sources began to ring a little hollow to my ears. As they grew louder, alarm bells began to sound. Why were the attacks so vociferous – so… coordinated?
Too many times, we have seen similar patterns of attacks on members of President Trump’s Administration. The purpose – to cast doubt and cause division within the ranks. To leave Trump’s base confused and uncertain over who to trust and support.
But here’s the thing.
I trust President Trump.
I don’t personally know McMaster. I don’t know if McMaster is a good fit for the Administration. I don’t truly know what McMaster believes. I don’t know if I should trust him. I haven’t been personally briefed.
But I believe President Trump knows.
Assume for a moment that all the accusations about McMaster are true. He truly opposes President Trump’s vision and is subverting the process. If so, why is he still there as National Security Advisor? Is it logical to think President Trump would unable to discern this directly? Is it plausible that a bunch of pundits on twitter know more about McMaster’s loyalties and motives than does President Trump?
McMaster is in the position he holds at this particular moment for a purpose. President Trump wants him there – for a specific reason.
McMaster could be fired as I write this and my article would not change. I’m not forecasting or predicting McMaster’s future. That’s beside the point.
If McMaster is the National Security Advisor today, there is a purpose for him being there today. If he is fired tomorrow, there is a reason for that as well. If he holds his position for the remainder of the Administration, he is the right man for that job.
As to the personnel firings by McMaster, if President Trump really did not want an individual fired, I find it impossible to believe that McMaster could do so. I find it far more plausible that McMaster discovered some leaks and took steps to have those leaks plugged.
Many of the voices calling for McMaster’s ouster have no basis in fact. What little information they have often seems to come from elsewhere.
Some have been paid for their efforts…
I tweeted to one of the loudest – and most outlandish – of those voices:
Anything you know is only because someone else wants you to know it…
— Jeff Carlson, CFA (@themarketswork) August 5, 2017
It was directed less at him and more at those who follow him.
He is a fool and a braggart. But he has a surprisingly large voice in spite of these qualities.
Still other voices are informed and honestly earnest.
But they seem to forget one thing. McMaster was chosen by President Trump. The President interacts with McMaster constantly. He wants McMaster where he is – at this particular moment.
There is a very dangerous and elaborate game being played out behind the scenes. At stake is the future direction of our country. Trillions of dollars rest on the outcome.
As a result, it becomes extremely difficult to discern truth from lies and fact from fiction. It’s near-impossible to fully understand the reasoning behind decisions in the present. Hindsight is usually required.
This game will sadly continue. I won’t be surprised if President Trump’s new Chief of Staff, General John Kelly is targeted next.
Behind every attack lies someone’s agenda.
If you voted for President Trump keep that thought foremost.
And remember. You. Voted. For. Trump.
President Trump is doing the things he is doing for a specific purpose. Trust him – and in doing so, trust yourself.
Not the mindless pundits on Twitter.
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