Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

H.R. McMaster


At a meeting of the National Security Council, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster explained: “Jihadist terrorists aren't true to their professed religion and that the use of the phrase ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ doesn't help the US in working with allies to defeat terrorist groups.” 

The phrase is considered to be unhelpful because terrorist organizations like ISIS represent a perversion of Islam, and are therefore are un-Islamic.  McMaster comments were first reported by “The New York Times.”

A Trump administration official acknowledged there is a "genuine difference of opinion" between President Trump and his National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster on the use of "radical Islamic terrorism."

An anonymous source added that McMaster also signaled that Russia was an adversary, not a friend.  In contrast to White House strategist Steve Bannon, who has called the European Union a flawed institution and expressed a desire to forge stronger ties with individual European countries.  Nevertheless, McMaster defended the post-World War II world order, saying it was important for maintaining peace and security.  Furthermore, source insisted, that the meeting was "very good for morale" among the career NSC staff.

Retired Lieutenant General Mike was forced to resign as the head of the National Security Council after it became public that he did not tell Vice President Mike Pence that conversations he had with the Russian ambassador included a discussion about US sanctions. 

During Trump’s remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, he firmly asserted:"So let me state this as clearly as I can, we are going to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country.  We will not be deterred from this course, and in a matter of days we will be taking brand new action to protect our people and keep America safe.  You will see the action.”

In his State of the Union speech Trump used the term radicalized Islamic terrorists.

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