For some purists, the term in office of Donald Trump started to go wrong when former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was forced to resign just 24 days after being on the job in February. His replacement, Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, was a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, having achieved the rank of Lieutenant General in 2014.
But for true conservatives, McMaster always seemed to be a funny choice for National Security Advisor, since he has many “deep state” connections and worked directly under Hillary Clinton ally David Petraeus. He also seemed to be in conflict with many of the foreign policy initiatives Trump campaigned on, for instance, the ditching of NATO and exit strategies for many of the smaller conflicts the United States was embroiled in around the world such as drone warfare in Pakistan, nation-building in Afghanistan and support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen.
Since McMaster has come aboard, it seems that he’s used his influence with the president to reverse many of those dove-ish or nationalist positions, taking stances that to most outside observers seem identical or extraordinarily close to perspectives that globalist war hawks from the previous administration of Barack Obama championed. For instance, McMaster wants to prolong the war in Syria. He wants the U.S. to remain and even increase its presence in Afghanistan. And he wants the disastrous Iranian nuclear deal negotiated by Obama to remain in place. There have even been reports that McMaster opposed the meeting President Trump had with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the recent G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany (the meeting was attended by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the President, but not McMaster).
Now, new evidence has come to light that McMaster is strangely in favor of maintaining a government security clearance for former National Security Advisor Susan Rice (who many in the Trump administration have accused of being behind the intelligence community’s “unmasking” of various Trump staffers in 2016). There have also been accusations that McMaster may be secretly working for progressive activist billionaire George Soros and may even be supplying Soros with leaked information from the Trump White House.
According to Roger Stone, one of Donald Trump’s top political consultants in the election of 2016, “I have confirmed from sources from inside the White House, the Israeli government and Israeli intelligence that the Israelis have intercepted email communications from General McMaster to George Soros, informing him of everything that’s going on inside the White House… I have double checked this with two different sources very high up in Israeli intelligence, and I actually expect the Israeli ambassador to the US to confirm this.”
It’s well known that Israel considers Soros to be an enemy and has accused the financier of trying to undermine democracy in Hungary (where anti-Soros posters were recently written over with anti-Semitic graffiti) and other Eurasian countries. In Hungary, the government had put up posters that read “Let’s Not Allow Soros to Have the Last Laugh,” referring to the billionaire’s efforts to allow immigrants to cross the country’s borders. Regarding these offenses, Emmanuel Nahshon, a spokesperson for the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry, stated, “Israel deplores any expression of anti-Semitism in any country and stands with Jewish communities everywhere in confronting this hatred. But in no way was the [posters’ vandalism] meant to delegitimize criticism of George Soros, who continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected government by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.”
If the Israeli accusations about Soros and McMaster are indeed the case, McMaster’s actions should be considered virtually treasonous, as Soros is a sworn enemy of Trump and was one of the biggest supporters of Democrat Hillary Clinton in the election of 2016. Soros’ globalism, combined with his history of toppling governments in at least 10 countries places him diametrically opposite everything President Trump stands for. It’s known that McMaster was in the past a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), which received funding from Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF) umbrella group as well as other Soros-affiliated organizations.
Soros is also suspected to have infiltrated the National Security Council (NSC) via foreign affairs advisor Fiona Hill, a member of both the globalist Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the former Soviet satellite state-focused Eurasia Foundation, one of many public-private partnerships funded by Soros.
Said Roger Stone of Ms. Hill, “George Soros has penetrated the Trump White House. Soros has planted a mole infiltrating the National Security apparatus: a woman named Fiona Hill, who has a Harvard background, and has been on the Soros payroll and the payroll of the Open Society Institute [the predecessor of the OSF].” Hill has in the past given aid to the Hungary’s Soros-backed Central European University (CEU), which in turn has tried to influence the Hungarian government on its migrant policy.
Says CEU’s director Michael Ignatieff, “We got unequivocal support [from Fiona Hill’s team at the National Security Council]. I went up on [Capitol] Hill and spoke to Republican senators and staff. There’s a tiny ledge of commonality between Republicans and Democrats, and academic freedom is one issue that unites them both.” But given Soros’ backing, it’s unlikely that true “academic freedom” exists at CEU — or at least certainly not as it concerns migrant policy. Soros is notorious for using academic institutions to apply pressure to governments and the media.
As regards McMaster, former officials at the National Security Council admit that the president and McMaster don’t necessarily always see eye-to-eye. “I know that the president isn’t a big fan of what McMaster’s doing,” one former official declared. “I don’t understand why [Trump is] allowing a guy who’s subverting his foreign policy at every turn to remain in place.”
Another NSC official commented, “I just fear there’s a real creeping of status-quo thinking that’s taking over the place. I was upset while I was there in seeing how empowered Obama holdovers under McMaster were to essentially perpetuate Obama-era policies. The Trumpian view that we were trying to put forward was shut down.” Particularly as regards Russia, these officials say, Obama doctrines are being followed at a “full-speed-ahead” pace.
McMaster has reportedly purged staff and loyalists of former National Security Advisor Flynn in the last few weeks, and Rich Higgins, a senior director of strategic planning at the NSC, was let go in July for allegedly writing a memo about collaboration between globalists and Islamists. More recently, the senior director for the Middle Eastern region of the NSC, Derek Harvey — a known Flynn ally — was kicked out after complaints from Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Mattis had accused Harvey of being too aligned with White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (who himself was pushed out of the NSC Principals Committee earlier this year). The deputy chief of staff of the NSC, Tera Dahl, was also removed under the pretense that she would be joining the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In May, Adam Lovinger, the former senior director for strategic assessments, was forced out of the NSC after his security clearance was denied by personnel he referred to as “anti-Trump bureaucrats.”
It’s been reported in the press that there’s no love lost between McMaster and Secretary of State Tillerson (McMaster has opposed the latter’s attempts to diffuse tension between Saudi Arabia and Qatar), and also between McMaster and Tom Bossert, Trump’s assistant for counterterrorism and homeland security. Supposedly, McMaster attempted to cancel a trip Bossert was taking to Israel in June for a cybersecurity meeting, but Bossert went anyway.
McMaster is hoping that the president will commit more than 4,000 new U.S. troops to the 8,400 currently in Afghanistan, but after 16 years in the country, the U.S. has little to show for all the blood and treasure it’s expended there.
Recently, defense contractor Blackwater founder Erik Prince was quoted as saying he believes the U.S. should shift its presence there to a majority of private mercenaries rather than official troops. Certainly, costs would be lower (due to many of those mercenaries not being American, but also due to a proposal to source funds from natural resource sales rather than Pentagon money).
But if this were the case, the globalist influence over the region would ebb, as would the gushing public funds. Perhaps this is the reason that McMaster, along with Defense Secretary Mattis, both oppose Prince’s proposals.