NSA pick McMaster told the National Defense University that “the Islamic State is not Islamic”

NSA pick McMaster told the National Defense University that “the Islamic State is not Islamic”, by Robert Spencer.

President Trump has confirmed that retired Lt. General H.R. McMaster is his new choice to be his National Security Adviser. …

In his address [for the President’s Lecture Series at National Defense University in Washington in August 2014], McMaster said flatly: “The Islamic State is not Islamic.”

Now, this was during the Obama regime, when that was the official policy of the U.S. government, but President Trump has repeatedly criticized his predecessor (and his 2016 election opponent) for not being willing to call the problem of jihad terror by its right name. Since he has become President, he has repeatedly reiterated his determination to eradicate “radical Islamic terrorism.”

If McMaster genuinely holds the view that the Islamic State is not Islamic, then he is a disastrous pick as National Security Adviser, and will continue the willful ignorance of the Obama administration, hamstringing efforts to understand, and counter effectively, the motives and goals of the enemy.

If McMaster was stating his conviction and not just the party line, this would represent a victory for the compromised Republican establishment that is trying to neutralize Trump and keep the swamp from being drained. Say it ain’t so, General McMaster.

Two people who served in the Army with him giving him outstandingly good reviews here.

hat-tip Stephen Neil