Growing Strain in the Trump-McMaster Relationship

So now a new investigative report from Breitbart News service has exposed that White House National Security Advisor Lt. General H.R. McMaster worked for UK think tank funded by radical leftist financier George Soros. Further, according to the Breitbart investigative report, this particular organization also helped Obama pitch the Iran nuclear deal to the public.

The Breitbart report notes that the President Trump’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster served at a UK-based think tank is financed by a controversial, George Soros-funded group identified by the Obama White House as central in helping to sell the Iran nuclear deal to the public and news media.

Despite the President’s position that is completely against the Iran Nuclear Agreement. To this very day, General McMaster still backs the horrific one-sided Iran Nuclear weapons development deal and unlike President Trump wants the U.S. to stay in the deal that financially rips of the U.S. for nearly nothing in return.

To make matters worse, as we have been following the question over both McMasters possibly leaking to his counter positions over the past several weeks, McMaster has also fired a number Trump loyalists, while at the same has refused to fire Obama holdovers, and undermined President Trump’s opinion of Susan Rice by claiming she did nothing wrong by unmasking Trump team members. In fact, he wrote a secret letter to her, stating that he was authorizing and allowing her to maintain and Top Secret security clearance, which grants her continued access to highly classified intelligence and national security information.

With regard to McMaster’s association with the British think tank, according to the Breitbart investigation, from September 2006 to February 2017, McMaster is listed as a member of International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), where he served as consulting senior fellow. The IISS describes itself as a “world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict.”

The IISS think tank has been deeply supportive and helped in the public relations sponsoring of the Obama administration-brokered 2015 nuclear accord with Iran. Further, the organization has repeatedly advocated publically, defending and hitting back against and attacking charges that Tehran has violated the agreement.

General McMaster himself has been accused of purging the National Security Council of conservative staffers who have been hardliners on Iran, and he is seen as a leading proponent of the Iran nuclear accord within the Trump administration. In recent months, he has stood by and urged the White House to officially recertify Iran’s compliance with the Iran nuclear deal, supporting the UN approval, albeit suspicious.

A review of the IISS’s website contains a list of groups, corporations, and government entities that provide funding to the think tank, including during the period of McMaster’s work there. One aspect that is suspiciously curious and of interest, is that missing from the IISS page of donors, however, is the controversial organization the Ploughshares Fund, a left-wing grant funding organization that was identified in 2016 by the Obama White House as being critically central and serving as a key public relations outlet in helping the administration to promote and market the Iran Nuclear Deal to the public and the news media. It should be noted that in previous years, archived version of IISS’s donor’s page lists Ploughshares as a donor.

Surprisingly, Breitbart News has also found in a reciprocal situation that IISS was listed as a supporter and grantee (financial) for Iran issues in Ploughshares Fund’s budget report for 2016. Further, evaluation of the 2016 report highlights the IISS think tank as a grantee for the Iran work done by a division within IISS that is responsible for work analyzing, advocating for, and promoting for Iran’s military missile defense network and it associated capabilities. This is concerning because the Iran Deal avoided and did not discuss or address the issue of Iran’s ballistic missile development program which in fact and integral part of Iran’s effort to acquire and develop technologies to part warhead, boost and reentry requirements and phases to achieve the capabilities of short, medium, intercontinental systems.

In the final analysis, a number of questions come to mind and must be answered. As an active duty U.S. Army General officer was DoD and the U.S. Army aware of his status with the think tank IISS for the last 10 or so years as pointed out in the Breitbart report. While DoD and Services have senior service level fellowship programs, they normally are one-year long programs, which qualifies as an officer’s war college studies. I for one am a graduate of one of the DoD think tank programs. For one, it would be of interest to know more about his association, or should we say extended association with the organization in question. Secondly, what of his reported service as a consultant and senior fellow for nearly 11-years. Third, if General McMaster collected compensation, in the form of a salary, or other financial incentives from IISS, that would be a serious conflict of interest as an active duty general officer. Fourth, if the general’s professional association with IISS was both a driving factor for his policy positions and directly influenced his advice to the President that as well raises serious questions about his loyalty, integrity and allegiance to his oath.

In a perhaps an even more serious matter is the association of General Michael Flynn and his private consulting business and a Netherlands-based contracting firm Inovo BV, which paid Flynn’s company $53,000 to produce a documentary and a research piece, a 75-page document on Fethullah Gulen an exiled Turkish cleric. In the report, Flynn labeled Gulen as a radical Islamist. The purpose of Flynn’s work was to show how Gulen is poisoning the atmosphere and relations between Turkey and the U.S. Flynn’s work for Inovo came under scrutiny after he published a commentary on his work on Gulen on a political news website where he called Gulen a radical Islamist who should be deported and extradited from the U.S. to Turkey. This apparently angered those on the left and Establishment right who are against a hardline against radical Islam. Hardly a reason to conduct a Special Counsel investigation on Flynn.

If General Flynn is being scrutinized for his post military retirement contract work, which by the way is 100% perfectly legal, despite what the ‘Mueller criminal Special Counsel syndicate’, Democrats, political-left, and mainstream media are saying — it is once again obvious that a double standard is being applied. If so, then McMaster’s associations IISS, Ploughshares Fund, and George Soros are a game changer at the highest level, and much more dangerous to U.S. national security strategy and policy.

Finally, despite what has been reported in the media, the relationship between the President and McMaster is extremely strained. Particularly, as we have heard in the last day or so – in addition to McMaster’s differences on Israel, Iran, and Russia, the two are not singing the same tune on Cuba, the Afghanistan Strategy, and a lot more. The President needs to fire McMaster immediately because any impropriety and other critical differences or policy missteps on McMaster’s part that may come to the forefront will cause more damage. From a rationale position at this point, McMaster is not worth the risk to our national security and foreign policy, as his leadership and political policy indifferences has plagued the effectiveness of the NSC. Likewise, at this point as the National Security Adviser, he is of limited value to President Trump’s presidency, his reputation with foreign leaders, and the impact of any subsequent consequences and fallout to the Trump administration.

Jim Waurishuk is a retired USAF Colonel, serving nearly 30-years as a career senior intelligence and political-military affairs officer and special mission intelligence officer with expertise in strategic intelligence, international strategic studies and policy, and asymmetric warfare. He served combat and combat-support tours in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as on numerous special operations and special mission intelligence contingencies in Central America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. He served as a special mission intelligence officer assigned to multiple Joint Special Operations units, and with the CIA’s Asymmetric Warfare Task Force, as well as in international and foreign advisory positions. He served as Deputy Director for Intelligence for U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) during the peak years of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Global War on Terrorism. He is a former White House National Security Council staffer and a former Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C. He served as a senior advisor to the Commander U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and is Vice President of the Special Ops-OPSEC -- which provides strategic and operational security analysis and assessments to governmental and private entities, as well as media organizations on national security issues, policy, and processes. He currently provides advisory and consulting services on national security, international strategic policy, and strategy assessments for the U.S. and foreign private sector and governments entities, media groups and outlets, and to political groups, forums, and political candidates. He is an author and writer providing regular commentary and opinion to national and local TV, radio networks, and for both print and online publications, as well as speaking engagements to business, political, civic and private groups on national security matters – focusing on international strategic policy and engagement, and strategic intelligence, and subject matter expertise on special mission intelligence and operations, counter-terrorism, and asymmetric warfare and conflict.