Swamp Creature: McMaster, Another Petraeus Protege (Corporate-Political General) – A War In the Making? – IISS War Pep Talk
BOMBTHROWERS EXCLUSIVE: National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster: A legend or a lie?
James Simpson author image James Simpson / August 29, 2017 / 3 Comments
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Fresh on the heels of a successful offensive in Mosul, Iraq, the Iraqi military is now poised to retake Tal Afar, long a hotbed of ISIS and other insurgent activity. Before we pulled out of Iraq, Tal Afar, like Fallujah, had been the focal point of multiple large-scale, costly offensives to eject entrenched insurgents. In 2005, then-Colonel H.R. McMaster led the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (3rd ACR) in the largest of these offensives, Operation Restoring Rights. His reputation as a brilliant military strategist rests largely on the results of that one battle. Given the widespread support for McMaster in the media and Washington establishment, it is ironic that current reporting largely fails to mention this battle or McMaster’s central role in it.
McMaster’s widely-hyped strategic acumen has been called into question by high-level military sources with personal knowledge of his conduct in the field. These sources spoke with me on condition of anonymity.
McMaster rests his laurels on the counter-insurgency strategy he claims won the Battle of Tal Afar, Iraq. But sources say McMaster ignored counter-insurgency experts and that his reckless leadership killed hundreds of Americans and almost lost the battle. The battle, the sources say, was won only through a valiant rescue mission that also suffered high casualties.
Until today this information has been suppressed.
Today, National Security Advisor McMaster is facing sustained criticism for his seemingly relentless opposition to Trump policies, his purging of many competent, conservative Trump loyalists from the National Security Council staff, and “protecting and coddling” 40 Obama holdovers — almost one-sixth of the NSC staff — who are plainly out to sabotage the Trump agenda.
Yet he continues to enjoy President Trump’s support. Is President Trump reluctant to fire McMaster for fear of criticism? Has he decided that McMaster’s reputed military genius is worth the cost? Or has he been thoroughly misinformed about McMaster’s character and competence? Who is H.R. McMaster really?
Lieutenant General (three-star) Herbert Raymond McMaster is a career Army officer still on active duty. He came to the Trump administration as a quick replacement for Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.), who resigned over controversies regarding his contacts with Russian officials. Whatever Flynn may have done wrong, his true sin was bucking the D.C. establishment, including many military leaders. And as frequently happens in Washington, when a strong conservative political appointee faces widespread (often manufactured) controversy, the knee-jerk reaction is to find a replacement the establishment likes. McMaster fits the bill.
On the surface, he appears to have the right resume. He has been awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit and other medals, although John Kerry and many others have proved there are ways to get these medals without earning them. Most of this acclaim comes out of his service at the Battle of 73 Easting (1991), where in 23 minutes, McMaster’s nine M1A1 Abrams tanks and 12 Bradley Fighting Vehicles destroyed 30 Iraqi tanks and 14 armored vehicles. McMaster has been given credit for quick thinking and aggressive action, but his unit faced off against obsolete Iraqi T-55 and T-72 tanks operated by troops with inferior training. His unit was part of a larger operation that experienced similar success, ultimately destroying 85 tanks, 40 personnel carriers, and over 30 other vehicles. As George Dvorsky observes: “the [Republican Guard] didn’t have a chance.”
As the author of the 1997 book, Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam, McMaster enjoys a reputation as something of a maverick, a fact which perhaps found favor in the unorthodox Trump administration. The book has been described as “the seminal work on military’s responsibility during Vietnam to confront their civilian bosses when strategy was not working.”
But McMaster’s reputation rests largely on the counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy applied at Tal Afar. It was later hailed by President George W. Bush, who said it, “gives me confidence in our strategy because in this city we see the outlines of the Iraq that we and the Iraqi people have been fighting for…” For once, the media agreed with Bush, published glowing reports on McMaster’s feats. Mother Jones and the Washington Post called him the “Hero of Tal Afar.” The left-leaning Slate.com calls him “the Army’s smartest officer.”
Now leftists are coming out of the woodwork to defend McMaster against his conservative critics. Newsweek accuses the “alt-right” of attempting to smear McMaster, while genuine slime merchants like Media Matters for America are smearing his critics.
Okay, wait a minute.
Please go to BombThrowers to read this excellent coverage of McMaster’s alleged experience.
McMaster at some level receives direction from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) think tank considering McMaster “specializes in political-military integration in the areas of counterinsurgency, counter-terrorism, and state building.” The British think tank IISS is considered the “13th best think tank in the world.” This explains the controversy surrounding McMaster’s position on Islam and as the New York Times reported, “McMaster broke with the administration on Islam“.
Military officers like McMaster are vetted in the shadows through the military aristocracy by certain superiors in the military, in this case General Petraeus who currently is the epitome of a political-military-corporate general. Military officers like McMaster don’t go through this political-military corporate system getting killed in combat for bravery leading their men, they go through this corporate military corporate system promoted by their superiors for specific future tasks like what we see with McMaster revealed in the article partially published above. IISS claims 2,500 members and 450 corporate and institutional members from more than 100 countries.
What would be an important discovery would be to see who finances the IISS therefore by inference funding specific IISS studies for favorable outcomes, like for example when the Bahrain royal family paid IISS an alleged £25 million to influence political and military circumstances favorable to Bahrain. To their credit, Breitbart News published a news report linking McMaster to IISS which received funding apparently from George Soros. The reason it seems McMaster kept on staff most of Obama’s appointed members of the National Security Council, is because as the Breitbart article points out: “…the controversial Ploughshares Fund, a grant-making group identified last year by the Obama White House as central in helping to market the Iran nuclear deal to the news media“.
Those hold overs from the Obama administration on the National Security Council are needed in place for what ever is coming from the National Security Council concerning Iran. After reviewing this material and considering George Soros’ involvement, are they working against Israel? A little over a month ago an article appeared in the New York Times reporting that “Israel has gone to war with George Soros“. After reading through all these news articles and reviewing video clips on this material, it certainly does seem as through all the pieces are being moved into place for a war. It was McMaster who pushed for an increase in the US military sending 4,000 additional soldiers to Afghanistan.
It seems as though the FBI is finally doing their job recently arresting one of these corporate military officers for running a fraud through his charity in Haiti:
This is the counter-insurgency the US created in Iraq. A killing machine that left 3,000 bodies a week piled up on the streets of Baghdad at the peek of the US destroying that country. These same US-trained Iraqis are now part of ISIS fighting in Iraq. No point in letting a good “asset” go to waste.
H.R. McMASTER WORKED AT SOROS-FUNDED THINK-TANK
This video clip below for the lack of a better description is “freaky.” What is going on here with Alex Jones going off on McMaster?
General McMaster Panics As Journalists Expose Him As Greatest National Security Threat
A war preparation pep talk from IISS:
Military Balance 2017 Press Launch