McCain, who defended Huma Abedin from legitimate questions about her Muslim Brotherhood ties by defaming those who were raising the questions as hatemongering “Islamophobes,” is now claiming that critics of NSA H.R. McMaster are all racists and neo-Nazis.
Someone should inform Senator McCain, but no one will, that there are plenty of critics of McMaster who abhor racism and Nazism, but are concerned about McMaster because of his denial and willful ignorance regarding the motivating ideology of the jihad threat, his hostility toward Israel, and his favorable stance toward the Islamic Republic of Iran. But routinely such concerns are buried under charges of “Islamophobia,” and McCain is just another functionary repeating the current acceptable political line. There isn’t any debate anymore, just demonization of opponents.
Meanwhile, President Trump should note that the defenders of McMaster include not only McCain but also Hamas-linked CAIR, and realize that this is indication enough in itself that he should be fired.
“John McCain takes on H.R. McMaster critics,” by Jeremy Diamond, CNN, August 14, 2017:
(CNN)Sen. John McCain on Monday slammed recent attacks on White House national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and called on President Donald Trump to speak out against the right-wing campaign targeting the top adviser.
“The recent attacks upon (McMaster) from the so-called ‘alt-right’ are disgraceful. Since this fringe movement cannot attract the support of decent Americans, it resorts to impugning the character of a good man and outstanding soldier who has served honorably in uniform and sacrificed more for our country than any of his detractors ever have,” McCain said in a statement Monday afternoon. “Such smear tactics should not be tolerated and deserve an emphatic response.”
“I hope the President will once again stand up for his national security adviser and denounce these repugnant attacks, which arise from the same purveyors of hatred and ignorance who precipitated the recent violence in Charlottesville,” McCain added.
McCain’s statement came as far-right leaders pushed new lines of attack against McMaster, which ranged from claims that he’s not a strong enough supporter of Israel to unfounded allegations that McMaster has a drinking problem — the latter promulgated by the far-right blogger Mike Cernovich.
The smear campaign is the latest effort by McMaster’s adversaries to undermine the national security adviser’s credibility as he has feuded internally with White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, particularly over the war in Afghanistan. Bannon has privately denied any involvement in the anti-McMaster efforts, according to officials.
“The President directly expressed his support for Gen. McMaster from Bedminster last week,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said when asked if Trump had any additional comment to offer.
Trump last week expressed confidence in his national security adviser while taking questions at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, saying he “absolutely” had confidence in him.
“He’s our friend. He’s my friend. And he’s a very talented man. I like him and I respect him,” Trump said then….