Report: McMaster rejects calling Hamas a terror group

Breitbart News has been presenting evidence in a string of articles recently that National Security Adviser Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster may be sympathetic to Islamofascists.

On Friday, the news outlet’s most recent report accused the decorated combat veteran of downplaying Hamas’ role as a terrorist group when he lauded a book on terrorism that calls Hamas an “Islamist political group” and refers to al-Qaida attacks and anti-Israel terrorism as “resistance.”

The work paints jihad as a peaceful “means to struggle or exert effort,” such as waking up early in the morning to recite prayers, saying it has been hijacked by groups like al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations that now use the concept of jihad to wage warfare through tactics such as suicide bombings.

Breitbart reviewed the book, titled Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat, which was written by U.S. military officer Youssef H. Aboul-Enein.

In a blurb he wrote for the book’s jacket, McMaster stated that Aboul-Enein’s book is “an excellent starting point” for understanding terrorist ideology. McMaster went on to promote the book in ARMOR, the journal of the U.S. Army’s Armor Branch, published at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he served as commanding general at the Ft. Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence.

McMaster wrote that he believes militant Islamist ideology correctly defines the problem of transnational terrorism, which he views as terrorist organizations using a “narrow and irreligious ideology to recruit under-educated and disenfranchised people to their cause.”

The book may offer a primer into critical national security views held by McMaster, who has claimed that Islamic terrorist organizations are “really un-Islamic” and are “really irreligious organizations” who cloak themselves in the “false legitimacy of Islam.”

According to Breitbart, “McMaster’s comments represent views of Islamic terrorism that are diametrically opposed to those espoused by President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly utilized the phrase ‘radical Islamic terrorism.'”

Aboul-Enein is listed as a senior adviser and analyst at the Joint Intelligence Task Force for Combating Terrorism at the Defense Intelligence Agency, a position that he also held under the Obama administration. He is an officer in the Navy Medical Service Corps and Middle East Foreign Officer, and an adjunct military professor and chair of Islamic studies at the National Defense University.

Besides endorsing Militant Islamist Ideology, McMaster also wrote a forward for another Aboul-Enein book, this one titled, Iraq in Turmoil: Historical Perspectives of Dr. Ali al-Wardi, From the Ottoman Empire to King Feisal.

Aboul-Enein’s book depicts Hamas as an “Islamist Political Group” instead of acknowledging that the group is responsible for scores of deadly suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks targeting Israeli civilians. In fact, Hamas’s official charter calls for the obliteration of the Jewish state, and proclaims that there is “no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad.” Hamas leaders routinely demand the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews, but Aboul-Enein differentiates between “militant Islamists” and Hamas, grouping the latter among “Islamist political groups.”

“The recent anonymous, backstabbing attacks on National Security Adviser Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster are despicable,” wrote former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, now a political contributor for the FOX News Channel, in an op-ed piece.

“I have known H.R. since he was a captain in the Gulf War. He is a remarkable American, and we are fortunate to have him serving the country. He is a decorated combat veteran who is also an intellectual – a truly rare combination,” stated Gingrich, noting that McMaster’s book, “Dereliction of Duty,” was a courageous and devastating critique of the failure of senior military officials to insist on telling President Lyndon Johnson about the problems we were encountering in the Vietnam War.

“McMaster’s stunning combat and intellectual records have been praised by both Democrats and Republicans. The recent efforts by various individuals (most of whom are anonymous) to slander McMaster, a man who has spent a lifetime of service defending the nation, are nothing more than cowardly and disgraceful,” railed Gingrich, adding that the military expert knows far more about protecting our nation than his critics do.

“He is the right person, in the right place, at the right time,” concluded Gingrich.

Referring to McMaster’s comments two years ago, in which he distanced Islam from terrorism perpetrated by Islamic groups, Steven Emerson, executive director of the respected Investigative Project on Terrorism, said that McMaster has failed to identify radical Islamic terrorism for what it is.

“The refusal to utter or condemn by name radical Islamic terrorism only helps make the battle against Islamic terrorism impossible to win,” he said. “If you cannot identify the problem, you cannot beat it.”

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