Update: From Flynn to McMaster to Cernovich (#DeposeMcMaster)

Mike Cernovich (whom I attempted to contact days ago – April 3 – with my article “From Flynn to McMaster,” among others) has published these two stories about McMaster (April 9):

H. R. McMaster Manipulating Intelligence Reports to Trump, Wants 150,000 Ground Soldiers in Syria

Petraeus and McMaster have Taken Over the NSC, Want Massive Ground War with Syria

There are no sources provided for Cernovich’s core claims, however, which are somewhat antithetical to what I would ascertain from what I am familiar with; why would/does McMaster talk up proxy warfare, then, apparently, support 150k US troops in Syria?  Misdirection?  A ruse?  Is that McMaster’s first offer, expecting Trump to talk him down and settle on something “more reasonable” like 30 thousand? It is possible that McMaster is manipulating intelligence reports as the National Security Council is tasked with coordinating “security policy across federal agencies” and managing “the flow of information and policy recommendations between the president and the various departments.”[1]

Cernovich has the right idea (even if he’s not directing people here…where they could actually learn about what McMaster thinks).  #DeposeMcMaster should be the tag, even if Cernovich is wrong.  Because we know he’s a proxy warrior and the US does not need to be funding and arming terrorists.  It only makes things worse.

[1] There have been personal and bureaucratic power struggles within the NSC, resulting in such diverse outcomes as arming the mujaheddin, troop expansion in Vietnam, and Iran-Contra.  See, David Auerswald, “The Evolution of the NSC Process,” in The National Security Enterprise: Navigating the Labyrinth, George & Rishikof, eds., Georgetown University Press, 2011, p. 31.  On the origins of the National Security Council, and the normalization of the status of total war, see Michael J. Hogan, A Cross of Iron: Harry S. Truman and the Origins of the National Security State, 1945-1954, Cambridge University Press, 1998.

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