Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon left the Trump administration. However, he said that he was going to go to war from Trump from the outside, and it looks as if he is laughing that first attack.
With arrows flying, Bannon published an article on his media website, Breitbart, about National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster. It portrays him as being soft on Islamic terrorism.
We know that Bannon often feuded with McMaster while at the White House, so is this a jab back or is he bringing new information to light? Maybe McMaster does not have noble intentions?
In an interview last week on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” McMaster repeatedly dodged questions about whether he could work with Bannon, saying simply that he is “ready to work with anybody who will help advance the president’s agenda and advance the security, prosperity of the American people.”
“I get to work together with a broad range of talented people, and it is a privilege every day to enable the national security team,” McMaster told the show’s host Chuck Todd.
McMaster’s answers stirred speculation in Washington that Bannon’s days at the White House were numbered.
The Breitbart article, headlined “H.R. McMaster Endorsed Book That Advocates Quran-Kissing Apology Ceremonies,” claims that the Army lieutenant general threw his support behind a book advising U.S. military personnel to avoid desecrating the Quran, so as not to inflame religious tensions with Muslim populations in countries where American troops are deployed.
It also quotes a blurb for the book that was reportedly authored by McMaster, in which he writes that “terrorist organizations use a narrow and irreligious ideology to recruit undereducated and disenfranchised people to their cause.”
This is just the tip of the iceberg as Bannon, aka the Winter Soldier, vowed to go after everyone who didn’t have the best interests for Trump.
On Monday, Breitbart News unearthed a 2014 speech on the Middle East in which McMaster claimed that Islamic terrorist organizations are “really un-Islamic” and are “really irreligious organizations” who cloak themselves in the “false legitimacy of Islam.”
McMaster, who serves in a critical national security position, seems to be minimizing the central religious motivations of radical Islamic terrorist groups who are waging a religious war against Western civilization.
He has made such remarks in the past. Delivering the keynote address at last April’s Norwich University ROTC Centennial Symposium, McMaster criticized “modern day barbarians like Daesh [Islamic State] 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 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.”
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