McMasters of The Universe – An Ongoing NSA Saga…

There is a considerable amount of visible internet and social media angst surrounding the National Security Council and staffing decisions made by National Security Advisor HR McMaster.   CTH has no insight into the inner workings of disagreements within the current NSC, however, with a modest amount of both skepticism and cynicism the current level of alarm appears over indulged.

Within any work group there’s going to be differences of opinion.  Within any national security working group there’s going to be ideological differences of opinion.  The issues are important and very complex.  The differences should never be dismissed or marginalized in their potential consequence.  That said, it’s not the differences of opinion that present problems – it’s when those differences become entrenched in opposition to the reason for the groups primary function.  That’s when differences become problems.

Consider the foreign policy proposals, and worldviews therein, of candidate Donald Trump and candidate Ted Cruz.  Now think about taking the foreign policy/NatSec principals from both candidate camps, and the outlooks carried therein, and put them into the same council chamber to hammer out papers of recommended action toward policy.

Can you see the structure for an underlying problem?  Now overlay the ideological interests of the institutional military with a healthy dose of both deep state and religious (centered principle outlook) career ideology, and you’ve got a recipe for disagreement.  Well, that’s essentially what I see when reviewing various media reports of internal group conflict points.

The Atlantic presents an article about an NSC staffer being removed for the production of a rather entrenched ideological view –SEE HERE– and Breitbart provides another example of removal for a like-minded albeit possibly less entrenched view –SEE HERE -. Oh, and there’s literally dozens more depending on your normal internet travel pattern.

CTH looks at all of these reports with a level dose of both skepticism and cynicism.

Skepticism surrounding the underlying tone in presentation of the information, and cynicism in the conclusions, logical or illogical, drawn from within each presentation.  Let me explain by taking the Muslim Brotherhood issue as one example that seems to draw out the polarity of opinion.

I’m solidly in the camp of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi when it comes to the Muslim Brotherhood.  From my decades of looking at them as an organization from the Holy Land Foundation trial, to the various Arab Spring uprisings (Islamist Spring), and with specific attention to the epicenter of the ideological conflict in Egypt, I agree with President al-Sisi that the Muslim Brotherhood is a dangerous geo-political entity constructed to be favorable to the worst elements within extremist Islam.

That is to say the Brotherhood is the political shield that gives validity to various extremist elements of Islam.  Additionally, and with direct association, the preferred propaganda media outlet for the Muslim Brotherhood has been al-Jazeera (Qatar based).

In order for al-Sisi to protect the larger Egyptian population he needed to get control of the extremists.  It was a matter of immediate urgency, and later ongoing necessity, for him to banish the Brotherhood and kick out al-Jazerra.

Those decisions provided the space for breathing room away from the shouting.  The Brotherhood leadership went to Qatar, and then eventually to Turkey after Qatar came under the original Arab State pressure (2013) to stop supporting these horrible political extremists.

That same inner-Islamic conflict still remains in place today between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Qatar.  That ideological feud erupted again in 2017 and is still ongoing.

The fact that Turkish leader Recep Erdogan was so willing to open his doors to harbor the Brotherhood Leadership in exile also served as a keen precursor to the ideology behind the Erdogan mask.  Since accepting the Brotherhood Turkey has increasily moved toward extremism and totalitarian control.  These issues are not unrelated even though the slide toward Erdogan’s authoritarianism took place over several years.

That said, I can totally understand why President Trump can support al-Sisi’s position 100%, and yet not label the Brotherhood as an officially recognized terrorist entity with all that label entails.   Again, the Brotherhood is political (face to the world) AND ideological (face to Islam).   The label alone provides the extremists (al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, ISIS, AQIP, AQIM and al-Shabab) with ideological recruitment tools.

That’s the argument against the label. And that’s a solid argument.

President Trump doesn’t label the Brotherhood as a terror network, but he simultaneously, and very publicly, supports Fattah al-Sisi doing so.  Within the complexity these are not mutually exclusive points of policy.   Additionally, President Trump also supports Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar following al-Sisi’s lead.

President Trump supports every article of policy that isolates and marginalizes the Brotherhood.  Heck, he not only supports it – he challenges the majority mid-East nations to support it.  Remember: “drive them out” etc.  However, notice President Trump doesn’t provide a problem for the goal by becoming part of the ‘great Satan narrative’; later to be used by the ideological Brotherhood as a shield and a sword.

I can entirely reconcile the reasons for this administration not to affix the label.  It’s a policy and a strategy… and so far, at least in granular movement, it’s working.  ISIS is being defeated, extremist elements are on their heels, and hopefully in the longer-term this pragmatic policy will prove to be very effective.

However, I can also entirely see a reason for those who, understanding all historic references, want the U.S. to take exactly the same approach as Egypt.  I disagree, because it’s more fair to see if the alliance effort/approach works first, but I can see validity in the counter position reasoning for their stance.

Now, if you overlay an entrenched disposition drawn out and influenced by elements within political policy and political media who have an underlying religious basis for their unwillingness to accept pragmatism, well,… then the conversation gets more…. well, confrontational and immediately challenging. I’m using the word “challenging” here with a great level of diplomacy between the syllables.

This example is what it sounds and apparently looks like around the NSC table on just this one-single-issue.   This is just one single organization and approach toward that political organization within one single regional policy and recommendation to the President.

Multiply that understanding times the complexity of Russia, Ukraine, North Korea, China, A.S.E.A.N nations and take it to the exponential level with Turkey and the EU; and well, you see how differences of opinion can go from zero to infinity level angst in minutes.

The paralysis of analysis is also a problem, and nothing creates that dynamic more than a dysfunctional NSC.

Again, to understand the complexity here consider former CIA Director George Tenet trying to get to George W. Bush, for weeks, with a warning about airlines and the use by terrorists in the summer of 2001 prior to 9/11.   Read Tenet’s book “At the Center of The Storm” to see how challenging it was while Condoleezza Rice was Bush’s first year National Security Advisor.

Against the backdrop of 9/11/01 I think we can all well understand the ramifications to differences of opinion within the NSC, and the need for clarity of purpose with specific policy recommendations therein.  It is entirely possible that Condi Rice carried a tremendous amount of regret in hindsight.

But I mention all of these aspects only to contrast how easy it is for all of us to sit in judgement of these personnel changes and inner-group battles within the NSC as they are rolled into the political media for us to consider.  The executive people loading the information pellets into our feeder machines have an ideology also.  Remember that when you pull their lever, read their narrative, and subsequently exit with your pellet.

Ultimately, there’s one Commander-in-Chief looking through the fog of often contrary opinion, and measuring it through the prism of his or her own compass.  Fortunately we have a President who is well versed in looking at multi-dimensional and complex problems and applying a sequential linear approach toward them.

Fortunately we have a President sharp and smart enough to evaluate the progress at each point he chooses along the road and make adjustments to the direction regardless of political benefit or cost thereof.

Fortunately we have a president willing to challenge the Condi Rice’s or HR McMasters’ of the world, reset the conversation points and say “yeah, but what if”?…..

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644 Responses to McMasters of The Universe – An Ongoing NSA Saga…

  1. BebeTarget says:

    EXCELLENT explanation SD of NSA / WH dealings. I agree it is good to have divergent views BUT, personnel should have the same goals, albeit a different road to get there. We really have no way of knowing what is best because we do not know what is the truth. I have read that McMaster, on the advice of Susan Rice, got rid of KT McFarland and replaced her with a Deep Stater. I also read that he said “Terrorism has nothing to do with Islam.” If that is the truth, his goals are not aligned with POTUS’. How can he give a valuable opinion. On that basis, I want him out. That in no way impugns his military career. It just means this brave warrior is on the wrong side in 2017. I trust POTUS completely. He WILL make the right decisions. If he does have a fault, it is trusting someone because of his/her accomplishments. He holds the military in very high esteem. But just as anyone else, military does not mean “the right man for the job.” None of us really knows what is the truth about anything that is reported, We can judge only by the results we see. There are still leaks, Deep State being brought in, POTUS people out, ‘Russia bad’ influence, MB still in the government etc.

    I read about (I think it was here but I couldn’t find it) the give and take of POTUS and his Generals about dealing with Afghanistan. It sounded as if DJT wan’t satisfied with what they were suggesting and mentioned his conversations with soldiers who had served in Afghanistan. . . . . . . .saying that it was a good idea to consider the opinions of those who were nearer the problem . . . .he used his experience in business as an illustration. It sounded as if the generals did’t agree. And of course, so many disagree with POTUS vis-a-vis Russia. I trust our president’s instincts on that one. Even Leftist Prof. Stephen Cohen (a Russian expert) agrees with DJT.

    My husband, career Navy (pilot) was a CO at Norfolk and he agrees 100% with POTUS. Those closest to a situation have valuable and constructive solutions that can escape those who are no longer in the trenches. I pray POTUS sticks to his guns and uses the advice from those soldiers. DJT is a man filled with confidence and trusts his own judgement. I hope he is not surrounded with people who could make him waiver in that confidence. MAGA! He can do it!!

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    • KittyKat says:

      It seems to me that military personnel are a totally different kettle of fish than any other group, because they are trained to be loyal to command. That is almost the fullness of their duty.

      No matter how they feel personally, they are duty bound to defer to their commander. The generals have to adjust every time a new CIC is elected, and in this case they have to change after eight solid years of being pushed around by extreme left ideology.

      I expect that the duty they have been trained to do will be done, no matter how much their own personal inclinations agree or disagree with their new CIC..

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      • Texian says:

        They are duty bound to The Constitution – which is Supreme, and above the command of all men..

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      • BebeTarget says:

        Kitty, I understand what you are saying . . . . . but it is a different military today. The old school senior rank officers were purged from the military by Obama, who was hell-bent on changing the military culture. We are suspect of (all) those who remained. If Obama liked them i.e. Globalist thinking, they saved their careers. Those who agreed (pretty much) with Obama, didn’t have to worry. All you have to do is read what the Ft. Hood base commander said after the Ft. Hood massacre is a perfect example of what I am talking about. (also, how Hassan was able to remain in his position. PC on steroids. It IS a different military) . . .

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  2. Pete Fox says:

    Sundance, as always thank you for your insight. No where else on the blog sphere is a similarly clear headed outline such as yours provided. It’s a great help.

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  3. dreadnok89 says:

    Why was this guy appointed? Why does trump have some terrible picks.

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  4. Sentient says:

    Also – he looks like Uncle Fester.

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  5. jefcool64 says:

    Excellent post as usual.
    Politics is complicated business, it will always be and very few are capable of understanding the layers beneath the layers. Ironically I don’t believe “politicians” are any good a politics at all because they are just puppets doing the bidding of their donors.

    Someone who holds a contrasting opinion isn’t always the person who is entrenching themselves against you.

    Be weary of them, but don’t let it be the defining moment of distrust.

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    • “Someone who holds a contrasting opinion isn’t always the person who is entrenching themselves against you. Be weary of them, but don’t let it be the defining moment of distrust.” Outstanding advice, may I use it? JDS

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  6. peace says:

    Some scary headlines being postted over at thegatewaypundit regarding Mueller preparing comey and others to testify against Trump.

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  7. 6x47 says:

    As a rule I always regard with extreme skepticism palace intrigue stories inviting me to be alarmed or hate on a particular person/faction in the Trumo Administration.

    Merely extrapolate from stories where you DO know the truth, and how off-base the overheated reporting was, and regard those where you don’t know the truth with equal suspicion.

    For example, “Steve Bannon is a white-supremacist, anti-Semitic racist” is completely false. Then the same people tell us to hate JaVanka, and now McMasters.

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    • KittyKat says:

      I like Ivanka and Jared both, but I do fear the precedent that is being set with regard to future first families.

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      • libertysc2016 says:

        The precedent we should worried about involves the uniparty engaging in open sedition. POTUS turning to family because there are few he can trust in DC is a damn shame. Just do not focus on Ivanka and Jared – necessary aspect of the effort to overthrow Trump.

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        • KittyKat says:

          When arguing back and forth with myself on this issue, I’ve realized your point of how much he needs people around him that he can trust. Another point I’ve realized is that his love for Ivanka in small way reflects the love that God has for all his children. The Bible teaches that God cherishes each and every one of his children a million times more than the president loves his daughter, and in that way, the president’s example of true fatherliness is a good thing and much needed.

          However …. from this presidency onward, all candidates’ children and children-in law will have to be very closely scrutinized.

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      • 6x47 says:

        Realistically, it is unlikely for a future president to have an extended family of high-powered business leaders and top executives comparable to the Trump family.

        Most are quite ordinary people with no special skills or qualifications, content to remain in the shadows apart from social and ceremonial appearances.

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      • Lucille says:

        John Kennedy hired his brother to be his attorney general. So, there’s no precedent being set by President Trump regarding family members.

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      • Sharon says:

        “I do fear the precedent that is being set with regard to future first families.”

        Kinda like when JFK had his brother appointed Attorney General?

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        • KittyKat says:

          The situations are not at all comparable. You could add Jared’s and Ivanka’s political experience together and multiply times ten and it still wouldn’t add up to Robert Kennedy’s actual qualifications for the job:

          “Prior to entering public office himself, he worked as a correspondent for The Boston Post and as an assistant counsel to the Senate committee chaired by Joe McCarthy. He gained national attention as the chief counsel of the Senate Labor Rackets Committee from 1957 to 1959, where he publicly challenged Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa over the corrupt practices of its union and authored The Enemy Within, a book about corruption in organized labor.

          Kennedy resigned from the committee to conduct his brother John’s campaign in the 1960 presidential election.[1] He was appointed Attorney General after the successful election and served as the closest adviser to the president from 1961 to 1963”

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      • rainy973 says:

        I’m not crazy about that situation either.
        It seems like Ivanka is everywhere.
        I just wish for once her back would touch the back of a chair instead of sitting like a pole or a Downton Abbey upper cruster.
        And this will be my only negative opinion about her so while I’m at it why in G_ds name would a Christian become a Jew after knowing Jesus as savior…..and I guess the answer to that is she didn’t know Jesus as savior.
        She seems the polar opposite of her real deal dad.
        She’s a good business woman.

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        • Texian says:

          I am not a big fan of Ivanka, but.. (You should put a compliment at the beginning, then skillfully bring out the knives, then wrap it up with a band-aid and a compliment).

          Her posture is prim and proper. It shows she was raised right and/or went to charm school.

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      • indiana08 says:

        That precedent was set a long time ago. Woodrow Wilson’s wife was believed to have served in his place as POTUS making decisions as he was too sick to make them. Then JFK hiring his brother as Attorney General. Let’s not forget Hillarycare brought about during Bill Clinton’s administration by his rape enabling career criminal wife, Hillary “you get two for one” Clinton. Jared and Ivanka are the least of anyone’s worries.

        The precedent we’re seeing is treason by both sides of the isle and a DOJ that isn’t doing a darn thing about it, at least yet.

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  8. blessdog says:

    IMO this is MUCH more simple than some are making it..for so many reasons

    Donald Trump has said (paraphrase) “i’m kind of a Globalist, and I’m also not a Globalist”
    clearly what he means is that – he’s NOT an isolationist or a protectionist as the liberal thug puppet characterizes him, he’s a populist/nationalist President with an AMERICA FIRST agenda and absolute priority, who also fully understands that he is the leader of the free world in a GLOBAL economy – and that implementing that agenda in the massively entrenched swamp will be messy, sometimes “chaotic”, and occasionally painful. And of course he has expressed incontrovertible opposition to any aspect of a global NWO that is damaging to American sovereignty.

    Those “conservative” ideologues who view the WH as a political vacuum and expect that The President should reflect ONLY their personal agenda are being naive at best, and at WORST are aligning themselves with the swamp thug puppet and weaponized attack dog media enemies of Donald Trump who seek daily to destroy him.

    They forget (or never knew) that this isn’t business as usual swamp politics but a titanic battle for the soul of America, and allow themselves to descend into a myopic, partisan hypnotized world that in the big picture, actually damages the President’s MAGA agenda….a dopey social media world of clickbait, you might say…

    They forget that the battle is fought with the highest level of strategy, and that they should put their money on Donal Trump EVERY time in that regard…and of course that “Rome wasn’t built…”

    most importantly, they also are forgetting that Donald Trump is the absolute and final decision maker and commander in chief, and that his staff and admin serve at his pleasure and to assist him in implementing MAGA – absolutely

    obsessing over WH personnel decisions very much aligns one with the FAKE NEWS narrative of “chaos in the West Wing!!” or “is Trump in control?” – the narrative from slightly (or not so slightly) mentally ill “liberals” who simply don’t, and never will “get” who Donald Trump IS

    blah blah blah…don’t buy in

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  9. joanfoster says:

    I don’t see any good reason for Trump to be having Obama holdovers anywhere near him. I am sure that the first thing Obama did when entering the WH was to purge any and all Bush loyalist and I see no reason why Trump can’t do the same. When Bush took over after Clinton he purged and brought along all of his father’s retreads, but even retreads were better than the criminals Clinton had working for him.

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    • Augie says:

      Joan’s idea here is pretty compelling. I haven’t seen anything very convincing that counters it.

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    • mimbler says:

      Absolutely Joan. And the holdovers or even GOPe compromises have consistently undermined PDJT.

      I think he is trying to prioritize when and how many to purge to avoid media blowback, but I think that is misguided. The media will badmouth him regardless, and these people are leaking and sabotaging him at every opportunity.

      I trust PDJT to try to do what he promised to do, which is all anyone can do. I am not in the camp of thinking he can’t be misled, or make mistakes though. I think he is very intelligent, but he is operating in the swamp with many people he can’t trust.

      And my goodness, look at all he is doing! He has to rely on delegation for many things, and unfortunately, there are traitors surrounding him.

      A previous poster noted that McMasters was put in on McCain’s recommendation. That, for me, is enough to want him out of there,
      Mike

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      • joanfoster says:

        If McCain recommended him, then the first word that comes to mind is “mole”. Obama got zero push back when eliminating Bush holdovers. As President, he had the right to appoint those he trusted and preferred for positions in the WH and otherwise. The press, of course would have said nothing. Unfortunately, Trump not being a career politician came into office with a very, very small political apparatus and immediately started to depend upon the establishment thinking that perhaps he had made peace with them. There is no peace to be made and he should know this by now.

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    • mj_inOC says:

      Exactly, another reason McMaster needs to be history; he kept former POTUS’ people, and got rid of Flynn’s.

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  10. NoeliCannoli says:

    This is a different viewpoint from Caroline Glick, penned last night. It is really difficult to sort all of this out without “inside” knowledge. I tend to trust SD and PDJT, and their judgment, and will continue to do so unless events change my mind..

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    • mcclainra says:

      NoeliCannoli: Please post the link. TY

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    • 6x47 says:

      IF THIS IS TRUE, then I expect McMaster will be getting the “Mooch perp walk” in the very near future.

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      • Jeff C-C says:

        It is and has been true. . . and what does it mean for all of us if there is no “Mooch perp walk?”

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      • Jeff C-C says:

        As best as I can tell, McMaster is also the one who sold Trump on the idea that the chemical explosion in Syria was caused by Syrian chemical weapons. This led to Trump firing multiple warheads at a Syrian air base.

        It has been disproved since then, from multiple angles, that this wasn’t the case. Isn’t this a firable offense, also? And a great opportunity to take Trump’s name off this misdeed AND rebuild relations with Russia at a tremendously perilous time!

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  11. ezpz says:

    Breitbart is reporting that these Trump loyalists are being fired by McMasters without POTUS ‘s knowledge, while all the Rhodes and Valerie Jarret holdovers are staying.
    If true. that is indeed troubling.

    Also according to BB, McMasters did not allow PM Netanyahu to accompany P Trump to the Western Wall.

    Again. troubling

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  12. adombom says:

    “Against the backdrop of 9/11/01 I think we can all well understand the ramifications to differences of opinion within the NSC, and the need for clarity of purpose with specific policy recommendations therein. It is entirely possible that Condi Rice carried a tremendous amount of regret in hindsight.”

    Right SD. If she truly regretted it, you would think it would be reasonable that she would have been so guilt ridden that she would have fallen on her sword and resigned. But their was nothing in her demeanor or actions to indicate regret or remorse. Of course, only Rice knows this. But you know the self-righteous person will usually justify their errors of judgement by diverting blame from themselves.

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  13. NJF says:

    Great post Sundance. Your clarity is greatly appreciated.

    I don’t know what is going on with breitbart, but I suspect that many of their negative articles are knee jerk reactions over their perception that Bannon is somehow being pushed out.

    They full on hate Jared & Ivanka and I just don’t get it. For example, they now refer to Jared as “the prince” and mocked Ivanka for tweeting “I look forward to working ‘alongside’ Gen. Kelly”

    What was she supposed to say, “I look forward to Gen. Kelly giving me permission to see my father?”

    SMH

    My list of go-to websites for accurate info shrinks by the day.

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    • Gil says:

      I turn on the tv for news maybe 15 to 20 minutes a day. First oann then fox biz. I dont have time at all, and am radio has almost no reception in my house. My news pool has shrunk considerably in just 6 months.

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    • corimari2013 says:

      Some are acting like hungry cats, ready to pounce at every opportunity to slam and trash Jared and Ivanka. Like in this very Comments section…this story is not about the Kushners, it is about McMasters. Why even bring up the Kushners in this conversation?
      I don’t get the hate for Jared and Ivanka either. Some of it has to be trolls, but it also looks to be folks that truly don’t trust them, which means they don’t trust the President’s selection of them as advisers.
      The Kushner-bashers are a bunch of (poisonous) gossipers, IMO.

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  14. yy4u says:

    BRING BACK FLYNN

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    • John Doe says:

      I was just gonna post the same thing. Big mistake. HUGE to let himself be bullied into getting rid of Gen Flynn. He knows where ALL the bodies are buried.

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      • Oldschool says:

        Yes Joe, Taking out Flynn, that was a blow to the head in the first round, delivered by Pence. It took out a key person in Trump’s corner. We are seeing the toll of that headshot. Imo that was the beginning of vulnerability. Full and lasting damage of concussion? Yet to be determined.

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      • Kaco says:

        Agree on this. Flynn was already confirmed, can they bring him back without having to go through confirmation again? Just wondering.

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        • Troublemaker10 says:

          Flynn was placed in a position at the WH that did NOT require congressional confirmation. He is not likely to come back due to the circumstances of how he left. However, that doesn’t mean Trump can’t rely on him for informal advice. They still talk.

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      • Oldschool says:

        Sorry, john, not joe

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      • Ogzy says:

        Trump was also wrong in letting himself be bullied into signing the Russian Sanctions bill!

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    • NYGuy54 says:

      My suspicion is that Flynn did his job. Notice how no one talks about him anymore?

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      • Jolene Hurt says:

        Can’t see how any Trump supporter would support McMasters purge of Flynn hires…bad things going on in NSC. McMasters has GOT to go…too much there…can’t explain it all away. Underestimate Deep State to our peril.

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    • Jimmy Jack says:

      Yes. Bring back Flynn. Give him a blanket pardon to protect him from faked CIA evidence (see Dumbo for how fast and easy this is To manufacture). The Russia stuff is nonsense.

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    • wyntre says:

      They got rid of Flynn.
      They kneecapped Sessions
      They got rid of Scaramouche

      Priebus is gone and suddenly transcripts of convos between POTUS and Mexico are leaked.

      McMasters gets rid of 4 POTUS loyalists while supporting Rice

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  15. Sundance provides a measure of sanity to offset the Cernovich and Jim Holt hysteria regarding McMaster. By the way what is with this Jim Holt guy at Gateway? His website is high on volume, great click bait but accuracy is not so prized. His twitter feed is essentially an echo of Cernovich, had to unsubscribe because I’m not interested in Cernovich promotion. Holt and GP is all about alt right turf wars and Holt promoting his fellow righty gay bloggers.

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    • danield49 says:

      OK, but have you seen this? Breaking Now.

      McMaster wrote letter to Susan Rice giving her full access to classified information! @SaraCarterDC @LouDobbs @seanhannity pic.twitter.com/HsUFgup5t7— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) August 3, 2017

      //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

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      • NYGuy54 says:

        Cernovich has it wrong. According to this fellow, the letter specifically says she has access for archival purposes only. That means she can only access material while she was in her position. Here’s the letter.

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        • Paco Loco says:

          “Dear Susan”…. gee aren’t we being buddy buddy. Why not Dear Mrs. Rice?

          The powerful National Security apparatus (Deep State) took out Flynn(a Trump loyalist) on day one of the Trump reign and got their own man, McMasters, installed in the WH with hardly a ripple.

          The Russia story of Trump collusion was concocted to put doubt in Trumps loyalty and to destroy his national security team. It unfortunately has worked and the Mueller investigation is intended to destroy Trump and may well be the coup de gras. The neophyte Trump administration (Sessions) let the enemy inside of the gates during the first 100 days and it appears that they don’t have the skill set to turn them out. Scaramuchi’s appointment and nearly instant implosion coinciding with General Allen being installed as CoS, shows a Trump administration attempting to fend off the Deep State apparatus that is intent on destroying his presidency.

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  16. railer says:

    Breitbart is a fully commercial entity now, and available to buyers. Carlos Slim and Bezos have bought their own private marketing and political action arms, and it costs them only a small fraction of their wealth to do so. Things have moved pretty fast, and the money people saw what Breitbart did to Kelloggs… it bit hard into their revenues. The only way to squelch that kind of influence is to buy them off, and I suspect Breitbart is taking the danegeld. It shouldn’t surprise us.

    The suddenness of the McMaster thing strikes me as a black op, to erode him. Not to say that he’s any good, but to say this sudden eruption has all the hallmarks of a black op, to liquidate an enemy. Sometimes, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    It bears watching, and I expect Trump to fire people regularly, and he might be one to go later. But for now, as Trump seems to be confronting establishment foreign policy quite regularly, I’m not worried this McMaster guy is a threat to sway him.

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    • peace says:

      And Drudge too? They have become very negative; perhaps Trump and team can buy a major news outlet.

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      • Kaco says:

        I read someone on Reddit The Donald that Drudge has been having dinner with PT at the WH a lot? Don’t know if someone has more insight into that, it was just another comment on a thread after all.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      See my post below. I agree. I’m like Sandra – not a fan of McMaster in several ways, BUT he has done some great stuff in the Middle East so far – excellent work. THAT prepares us to deal with China and the Norks. So who would like him out right now, so that distractions in the ME would NOT fizzle out under McMaster’s easy attention while engaged in the Pacific? “Ah, so.” (Bad joke – obviously not Japan.)

      I am SO trusting Trump on this. Just move the McMaster fires to some new gig where they can rain h377 down on the Americommies in their FP sabotage. That would be MY recommendation.

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  17. fanbrowser1 says:

    Ship McMaster to Afghanistan ASAP!!!

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  18. Sandra-VA says:

    I have not liked McMaster from the very beginning, regardless of who he has fired. In short, I am very perplexed that his positions are not the same as those that President Trump campaigned on and he is the gatekeeper of intelligence delivered to President Trump.

    My position on him will not change.

    N.B: I don’t read Breitbart nor Gateway Pundit and I most assuredly do NOT follow or read anything Cernovich has to say.

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  19. Spoken like a true deep state supporter. You evidently don’t mind that President Trump is being isolated from people that are loyal to him that came in to the administration from the start. Yaaaay the deep state hold overs will help President Trump move his policies right? The leaks sure aren’t coming from President Trump loyalists either!

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    • gzuf says:

      Everyone thinks they know everything but no one knows as much as our President. If you find it so hard to trust him, go sit in a dark room for 3 years and then let me know who you’ll vote for because I guarantee you there will be no one who fought as hard to keep as many promises as President Trump.

      Everyone is an expert these days. You have no idea, and neither do we.

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  20. Outstanding analysis, SD.

    We need to remember this when reading, watching, evaluating everything, at all times: “The executive people loading the information pellets into our feeder machines have an ideology also. Remember that when you pull their lever, read their narrative, and subsequently exit with your pellet.”

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      I agree – OUTSTANDING.

      This is, down to every nuance, THE BEST analysis of the situation I’ve seen yet.

      Sundance not only put into words everything that I was thinking, but a lot of things that were bothering me and I have been unable to articulate.

      A HIGHLY PERFORMING NSC IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL RIGHT NOW

      This is no time for division.

      I think the “preparation of the NSC for any problem” part is BY FAR the most important. We CANNOT have a dysfunctional NSC, and – get this – I now believe that the nasty Hillary Left has actually been using the media and all their other tools to SABOTAGE the Trump NSC by promoting conflicts between members. This explains why they’re feeding and poking Cernovich, who DOES have a point, but it’s NOT the right point and especially NOT at this time.

      Trump really has this, I think Wictor is right, and I think those of us who embrace the people McMaster is sidelining simply need to advocate that they be moved somewhere else to plot high-level strategy for Trump’s consideration. McMaster needs his freedom to operate close in – let him have it. McMaster is having to balance the ME (and doing a GREAT job at it) so that it’s spinning nicely while he deals with the Norks and China. We don’t need distractions.

      Remember – the cunning left may be gunning for McMaster, on behalf of entities like China and the MB, through people like Cernovich. Yeah – this is very messy. But people are prodding Cernovich into action. WHY? Not sure, but we need to follow Trump’s lead on this.

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      • I’m beginning to form the hypothesis that China is behind the push to confront Russia.

        Our laws are drafted by lobbyist law firms on behalf of their clients and then presented to Congressmen and Senators for enactment. No Senator writes legislation. Hell, much of the time they may not even know who the client is.

        Trade imbalances matter. For a generation, we have been sending fiat currency to China to pay for cheap consumer goods. That money can ultimately only be spent in the US, and boy are they spending it here. The Chinese have been buying up so much real estate on the west coast that the market is beyond the reach of middle class Americans. Check the price of a house– any house at all– in any west coast city and tell me who can afford one. Why are California, Oregon and Washington– among other states– entering into agreements with China (in violation of Article 1, Section 10 of the US Constitution) to adhere to the Paris Climate Accords, which restrict US energy and industrial activity? Why are so many cities and towns in those states defying federal law and being “sanctuary cities”? Why has California and other slave states enacted the provisions of the US small arms treaty in defiance of the Second Amendment? Why did Congress just vote to place tremendous economic sanctions against Russia for why, exactly?

        Cui bono?

        China bonos, that’s who. They would benefit directly if Russia and the US enter into any kind of conflict, up to and including hot war.

        China is thousands of years old and they play a long game. We’re 241 years old and still wet behind the ears. I believe that China (and Arab countries) are using their billions of US dollars to pay American lobbyists to draft legislation that favors their interests. Why wouldn’t they.

        We’re being played.

        We need major legal reform if we are to survive as a sovereign nation. Lobbying on behalf of a foreign entity should be a capital offense.

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  21. NYGuy54 says:

    Everyone seems to be getting upset over Ezra Cohen-Watnick losing his job at NSA but only last week the Atlantic wrote an article suggesting he was untouchable. That he was being protected by Jared and Bannon

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/ezra-cohen-watnick/534615/

    so perhaps Thomas Wictor was correct in saying that Cohen-Watnick had a job to do for the administration and, once that was completed, he was no longer needed. Maybe he was the guy they needed to show how much unmasking was going on to Devin Nunes. Perhaps his departure is to protect him and he is actually a patriot?

    Or maybe I’ve had too much coffee. My idle thoughts.

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  22. SD is right! Everyone on twitter and MSM keep saying McMaster fires all trump loyalists. You think trump doesn’t know that? We have to trust POTUS! He is always 10 steps ahead of everyone!

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  23. Bloomberg is saying McMasters said Susna Rice didn’t do anything wrong. According to “a source”. Paul Nehlen has jumped on the fire mcmasters bandwagon and that has my attention

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  24. denton838 says:

    McMaster was recommended and endorsed by who….John McCain.!!
    John McCain was overheard talking about how he will go around Trump on foreign policy by working with McMaster. McMaster has free reign at the NSC.
    Pathetic. McMaster wants to increase Afghanistan troops. He is total anti-Trump and pro Valerie Jarrett.
    He is cleaning out all pro Israel people from the NSC.

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  25. AmSa/Mx says:

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  26. AmSa/Mx says:

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    • Kaco says:

      Oh, please, sometimes mistakes will be made, PT isn’t a god. This is that unhealthy level of hero worship that others have been talking about. We all want the same results- MAGA, but too many people are talking about McMaster sabotaging and who he has fired and kept makes a statement in itself.

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  27. Alex Jones was on a roll today. Talking about Trump being isolated not getting the real info what’s happening. The COG and the Coup that’s happening

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    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      AJ is right on point. Still we have some here attacking good old Breitbart & GatewayPundit for simply reporting on the McMasters purge of Trump loyalists. In my book those three DeepState oniionheads Brennan, Clapper, & McMasters all need to be brought up on charges for an attempted coup d’état. They must be exposed, sooner rather than later.

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    • bluesky says:

      Trump’s kids, Melania, and Trump’s own extrovert personality & wide range of friends are good counter to the isolation of the Presidency. I am glad Trump is getting out of the White House for a couple of weeks.

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  28. rondo says:

    http://carolineglick.com/mcmaster-purges-pro-israel-anti-iran-deal-trump-loyalists-from-the-nsc/

    “The Israel angle on McMaster’s purge of Trump loyalists from the National Security Council is that all of these people are pro-Israel and oppose the Iran nuclear deal, positions that Trump holds.

    McMaster in contrast is deeply hostile to Israel and to Trump. According to senior officials aware of his behavior, he constantly refers to Israel as the occupying power and insists falsely and constantly that a country named Palestine existed where Israel is located until 1948 when it was destroyed by the Jews.”

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    • gzuf says:

      “According to senior officials aware of his behavior”

      Any actual quotes from McMaster himself? Who, why, and for what ends are they leaking this.

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  29. Kaco says:

    I completely disagree with the notion that he needs opposite opinions in a position such as this. He needs someone to support his policy and not only to accomplish it but also so the rationale can be explained to the people. It does no good to have someone in there working against him supporting positions and ideology our president doesn’t. We’ve got enough obstacles.

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  30. Bob Thoms says:

    I understand that a President needs POVs from all sides of the issue; but it seems to me that McMasters is not interested in giving the president all sides……………..

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  31. gzuf says:

    How long until Gen. Kelly is a deep state traitor? Ivanka and Jared had their turn, it’ll come around again soon. Sarah Huckabee-Sanders is Mike Huckabee’s daughter, she must have deep state ties right – leaker?

    See how this goes? Round and round. I think it’s disinformation attacking us from the other side, they could easily feed and manipulate people like Cernovich and other twitter political names. Trust President Trump to let it all play out…

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  32. Paco Loco says:

    So what is McMasters strategy to defeat radical Islam, on containing Russia, China and Iranian militarily, and limiting NORKS nuclear program?

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    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      While he’s at it President Trump should remove and replace General Nicholson in charge in Afghanistan and General McMasters in DC.

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  33. Jimmy Jack says:

    I was already highly suspicious of McMaster but his support of Susan Rice’s unmasking tells me all I need to know about Master.

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  34. wyntre says:

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  35. History Teaches says:

    McMaster and Kushner should have a nice meeting together. Hard to think they can work for a common goal when polar opposites. Of course there always will be opposing views on all subjects but existential clashing visions of good and bad, right and wrong do not make for a unified team.

    History has proven over and over and over that there are no compromises in the ME when one side never relents about their ultimate objective of destroying the other side. The President has made noble overtures and brought a unique approach, but he is not being served well by those undermining his efforts.

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  36. The Drake says:

    McMaster decides to let Susan Rice keep security clearance. At what point do we blame Trump for allowing this to even happen? The buck stops with Trump. He should of fired McMaster months ago. We can get pizzd at McMaster all we want, but Trump is the one who has refused to fire him

    https://www.circa.com/story/2017/08/03/politics/susan-rice-keeps-top-secret-security-clearance-hr-mcmaster-letter-says

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    • Howie says:

      As the Swamp Turns….stay tuned for the next episode.

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    • Dakotacav says:

      Reading this and many many comments on CTH confirms my belief that all too many people still refuse to give POTUS the credit and the trust he deserves. Think about everything going on in the media, and on twitter, and then ask yourself, do you really think that Trump has less knowledge and insight about what is going on inside NSA, CIA, DOJ, FBI, etc than any of us?

      Hasn’t it occurred to anyone that Trump might be orchestrating every one of the daily narratives that are fed to the media, especially circa.com ? I think it would be helpful to think of Trump as a battlefield general, rather than someone who, at the moment he was sworn in as president, immediately became a dupe of the “deep state” / media operatives.

      This line of thinking seemingly requires a total suspension of reason and logic. On one hand, Trump was intelligent and crafty enough to, as Sundance says, own the downside of every position and narrative all throughout the election. During that election, the full weight of the media, the Obama Administration, the Clinton machine, the permanent government – both foreign and domestic, and the GOPe were all aligned and working full time to take him down. Yet he prevailed. But now, we are supposed to start believing that he fell into the trap, and is now suffering in chaos, undermined daily by these same people who couldn’t lay a glove on him for the last two years or more. PLEASE stop with this. It is becoming an embarrassing spectacle to watch every doggone day.

      “Relax, I’ve got this” indeed.

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    • NYGuy54 says:

      Re-read the letter carefully. He lets her retain her security clearance for archival purposes only..meaning the work she did while in her position. That’s it.

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      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        And of course it will be monitored. She would be caught red-handed at the slightest abuse – the perfect trap. He HAS to give it to her.

        I think somebody wants McMaster out, who is NOT on Trump’s side. Either that, or the anti-Iran-deal faction is going all out to say “no mas” on these purges, which I definitely see.

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        • NYGuy54 says:

          I can’t quite figure out the endgame here. 0Hour speculates that Rice has flipped. That perhaps Rod Rosenstein approved her archival access and asked McMaster to authorize it. Some people are really frightened of McMaster. I’m not sure it is for the reasons people here are articulating.

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          • wolfmoon1776 says:

            Be VERY wary of 0Hour1. He dropped good info here once, and then he (or somebody else) pelted us with very bad distracting and discrediting disinformation NUMEROUS times. Absolutely unpredictable.

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            • NYGuy54 says:

              I am actually skeptical of everything now. This is a coordinated hit job on McMaster right as Congress and the WH go on vacation. Again I am not defending him, I actually don’t like the guy now, but it seems weird all this comes out at once. Something is afoot.

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          • wyntre says:

            You’re a far better tweeter than me. Love 0HOUR but half the time I can’t figure out exactly what he’s trying to say!

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  37. NYGuy54 says:

    Looks like these fringe “Trump supporters” are trying to split the base again.

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    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      Never-Trumpers have been trying to “split the base” for the last 12 months, to no avail. 🙂

      M A G A

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Agreed. I think the left has been working the split between Bannon-world and McMaster-world rather brilliantly. They are HEAVILY pushing this. The thing is, McMaster isn’t savvy enough to see it, and the people who are, are his “enemies”. Sad. The Susan Rice thing is a perfect example. The left knows (1) McMaster doesn’t have proof enough to revoke, which would be a gift to the left, so he had to do what he did, but (2) this will infuriate the Bannon base. Thus, MORE SPLITTING.

      We have to be smart. Don’t let the left manipulate us. Stay unified under Trump.

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    • Kathy says:

      Who are the fringe Trump supporters you speak of? Commentators here? Reporters of the McMasters firings? I don’t see a split in President Trumps base. I do see a split in his staff.

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      • NYGuy54 says:

        Hangers-on like Cernovich. He glommed on to the campaign and now he is making threats.

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          Cernovich is a real wild card with his own agenda – kinda like a Drudge with more “in your face”. He navigates a straight line that bumps into everybody. He is at war with the ADL, but alternately criticizing and backing Jared Kushner. He is 100% for the Cernovich view, whatever that is. A lot like Wikileaks to me. Sometimes our interests coincide. A lot of the time, face-palm city.

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          • NYGuy54 says:

            Exactly. High five. That is how I feel.

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          • georgiafl says:

            Cernovich is not nearly as reliable or credible as Wikileaks.

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            • wolfmoon1776 says:

              Absolutely. In fact, he even admits that. He’s actually somewhat too cavelier on wrongness, IMO, but he’s quite conscious of it.

              The thing is, the left really, really, really wants to hide Hillary’s health, and they need him UTTERLY discredited to regain the narrative on her health.

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              • NYGuy54 says:

                You think so wolf? Looks to me like that issue is over.

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                • wolfmoon1776 says:

                  I was very deep on Hillary Health, so I keep close tabs on it. They think they can recover the narrative. The left is very patient. They have 3 years to change things, and they will try. They need certain steps, and they are taking them. Dr. Ted needs to up his security regimen and watch his “sphere of influence”. I am not kidding. Getting him to renounce his conclusions has to be high on their list. That is a standard Cankles MO.

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                • NYGuy54 says:

                  I am no expert wolf so I can’t add anything to that. I distinctly remember Pickles being thrown into the van like a side of beef. I can’t ever recall seeing that with anyone ever in my life.

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                • wolfmoon1776 says:

                  Oh, yes – and the internet will remember that forever. But they have 3 years and the scrubbing of the internet has already started. They don’t need to convince us. They need to regain just enough power to get back in the White House. Then all hell breaks loose.

                  Things are heading to a huge confrontation.

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    • Kaco says:

      Most of the base doesn’t look this deep, it’s MAGA what they’re worried most about, jobs, trade, illegal aliens. Palace intrigue is mostly for the hardcore. My husband doesn’t get too into this either, he doesn’t have the time like I do, I have to tell him things.

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      • NYGuy54 says:

        I hope so. This McMaster thing rubs me the wrong way. I am not defending him but it is curious there are multiple leaks about him at the same time.

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        • Kaco says:

          But I think it’s also because of the firings and they were supposedly Trump supporters and he’s kept the Obama people that have the hardcore worried. Look at the rallies, do you think those people follow Cernovich?

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  38. David says:

    https://www.cfr.org/membership-roster-l-p
    McMaster is a CFR member. A quick search on Yourube shows you what it’s all about. Globalists headquarters in the US.

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  39. wyntre says:

    Dmitri Medvedev trashes POTUS in Facebook post.

    Dmitri Medvedev’s Facebook post on Trump and US Sanctions (full text)

    ” . . . .The US establishment fully outwitted Trump; the President is not happy about the new sanctions, yet he could not but sign the bill. The issue of new sanctions came about, primarily, as another way to knock Trump down a peg. New steps are to come, and they will ultimately aim to remove him from power.”

    http://thesaker.is/dmitri-medvedevs-facebook-post-on-trump-and-us-sanctions-full-text/

    Linda, McCain, the Dims, the RINOS, the Deep State are just itching to go after Russia. SMH.

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    • Defenestrate says:

      Medvedev is correct in my opinion about Trump being forced into signing sanctions. It says a lot about the RINOs that they have failed over repeal/replace of O’care but this Obama style sanctions bill flies to Trump’s desk in a blink of the eye. It’s as if they’re saying to Trump, “prove to us you’re tough on Russia.” He was dam ned if he signed and dam ned if he didn’t.

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  40. dt says:

    Generalization.

    Everyone of these bald headed mfrs are no good!

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  41. mcclainra says:

    This just up. Now will someone explain this to me? Total disaster for POTUS, period, and the more crap McM gets away with, the more he is going to do.

    Sara Carter: “A letter from H.R. McMaster said Susan Rice will keep her top-secret security clearance”

    https://www.circa.com/story/2017/08/03/politics/susan-rice-keeps-top-secret-security-clearance-hr-mcmaster-letter-says

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    • Sandra-VA says:

      I just read this story and was about to post it. I cannot believe this!!!! Here is Susan Rice, a person if interest with regard to illegal unmasking being give FULL ACCESS to Top Secret/SCIF materials.

      I cannot even understand this. McMaster did this without the knowledge of the President.

      And all these leaks…. where are they coming from? I have a pretty good idea.

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    • wyntre says:

      Posted upthread. Look.

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  42. Defenestrate says:

    What we are told (Breitbart) is that McMasters is getting rid of pro-Trump people and keeping people originally allied with Ben Rhodes and Valerie Jarrett aka Obama holdovers. Now we have the actual transcript of calls leaked, though the calls are from last February. It’s all disturbing to say the least.

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  43. Howie says:

    Oh well. Trump does not seem to care much. Who knows at this point?

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  44. chojun says:

    I don’t know. I always respect Sundance and the CTH analysis but in this case I think evidence is mounting that McMaster is not a Trump ally and should be replaced. The National Security apparatus is a tool/weapon of the swamp and they will do what is needed to protect it.

    I think McMaster needs to go.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      The leaks today are STUNNING. Obviously planned, but just damning.

      Have your read Kurt Schlichter’s TownHall posts on the “Military Coup Against President Trump”?

      Yeah. I think it just rose to a whole new level of believability.

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      • wyntre says:

        Well, that’s Schlicter’s speculative fiction.

        The leaks of POTUS transcripts of phone convos to WaPo are REALLY bad.

        As is Medved’s FaceBook Post taunting POTUS.

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  45. wyntre says:

    McMasters fires:

    Ezra Cohen
    Rich Higgins
    Derek Harvey

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/02/mcmaster-purges-ezra-cohen-watnick-3rd-national-security-council-aide-in-weeks/

    Plans to fire 4 more.

    Protects Ben Rhodes/POS holdovers. Tells staff NOT to speak about Obama holdovers.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/03/report-h-r-mcmaster-gave-explicit-instruction-not-discuss-obama-holdovers-trump-admin/

    Protects Rice.

    Getting rid of Trumpists and Bannonites while maintaining Deep State.

    From the Washington Free Beacon:

    One veteran GOP foreign policy hand who has been in constant contact with the administration since its transition to the White House told the Free Beacon that McMaster has sought to downplay outstanding issues with Obama-era holdovers believed to be undermining the administration.

    “One of the first things H.R. McMaster did when he took over the NSC was order all the staffers who came in with Trump to stop talking about Obama ‘holdovers.’ It was an actual, literal, explicit instruction,” the source said. “He didn’t want anyone pointing out how Obama loyalists were still in place, undermining President Trump, and leaking against him.”

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      You know what I think? I think that McMaster, at a conscious, professional, military level doesn’t like the concept of “holdovers”, and considers it political and unprofessional. But subconsciously, I think he sees himself as being VIEWABLE as a holdover, himself. AND the Hillary left knows this. AND they are exploiting it, and targeting McMaster on this weakness. AND there is some truth to it. AND that is why we are ALL correct here, in a sense.

      AND I believe Trump will do the right thing to restore confidence. Whatever that is.

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      • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

        The “right thing” would be to replace McMasters with Flynn and let the hyenas in the Crooked Press howl to their hearts’ content . . . quickly followed by AG Sessions’ request that the Special Counsel present a status report on the Russia-Russia-Russia investigation and remind Mueller to stay on that topic or be dismantled.

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  46. Athena the Warrior says:

    WTH is McMaster protecting Obama holdovers? Don’t forget, he’s the one who didn’t want PDJT to say radical islamic terrorism right before the State of the Union address.

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  47. Nigella says:

    I don’t know… This is a bit to “obvious” to me… I mean is this possibly a ploy to make it look like there is caos in the WH… Fire another? If we get all the “information” so readily it makes me wonder?

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  48. wyntre says:

    And WHO is STILL LEAKING from the WH?

    WaPo publishes transcript of convo between POTUS and Mexican President TODAY!

    (After WH interns leaked Kushner’s comments the other day.).

    Scaramouch was going to tackle the leakfest.

    Who’s on top of it now??????????

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  49. Dakotacav says:

    It is getting to the point that CTH is becoming it’s own conspiracy theory factory, swallowing all the misdirection plays FROM TRUMP hook, line and sinker. If we aren’t careful, commenters here might begin to detract from the credibility of the postings made here by Sundance and others.

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    • Kaco says:

      I think CTH left this kind of open-ended from the start, though, “CTH has no insight into the inner workings of disagreements within the current NSC…” Neither do we, but I have based my opinion on what I found out from the time McMasters was picked to now again with the firings.

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    • mysticrose80 says:

      I’ll admit that I was starting to have some doubts about McMasters; however, after reading some of the varying viewpoints, I’m now wondering if I’m rushing to judgment. Think I’ll remain on the fence, as there is too much disinformation being circulated.

      It’s getting harder to determine if this is the work of the Deep State sowing discord among supporters…..or the work of certain factions of the base who are pushing their own individual agendas (not necessarily to harm POTUS, but to ensure that their specific wishes are met).

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      • omyword says:

        I started looking at sources. Politico, New York times, etc. Then there is BrietBart. With their ties to Bannon, and I am beginning to wonder if this McMaster hate is a media campaign by Bannon to oust HR, who he may see as a fly in the ointment for his ideas. I don’t dis-like Bannon, but BB and conservative review, both of which are tied to Bannon, seem to be the “conservative voices” along with Cernovich. McMaster is an old war horse and has served this country leading men during war. Maybe we should give him the benefit of the doubt.

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    • I think that diverse opinions and individual reason are intellectually healthy.
      This is the way people learn and draw their own conclusions.

      Sundance will never lose any credibility, because those of us who have followed his writings over the long-haul understand what meticulous research goes into them. Those writings will stand on their own merit–facts.

      As to conspiracy theories–We do not have to manufacture any here…..they are all over every news-based cable network and in all the major newspapers. What we do here, is come to understand them, analyze them for veracity and try to hone them into facts.

      As this analyzation proceeds, there will be many different view points in the process and I welcome the input.

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    • The Great Kazoo says:

      No. It’s gotten to the point where you have your head stuck in the sand.

      McMaster has eradicated descenting voices to the globalist narrative within the NSC.
      He has decided that those perspectives will be ignored. Just like C. Rice did with the airline threat pre 9/11.
      McMaster is putting his own globalist loyalty ahead of his loyalty to this country.
      Which is to say: he’s being disloyal.

      Trump was elected because of his populist nationalism.
      The globalist bent of unelected bureaucrats does not supersede the wisdom of the voters.

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      • scott467 says:

        “He has decided that those perspectives will be ignored. Just like C. Rice did with the airline threat pre 9/11.”

        _______________

        I have not read George Tenet’s book that Sundance referenced above, but from what he seemed to imply, Condi Rice stood between Tenet and President Bush as a sort of gatekeeper which prevented the Director of the CIA from warning the president?

        A) how is that even possible? If I am the head of the CIA, and I can’t speak to the president, that seems like a MAJOR problem, a genuine CRISES of government. Second, how exactly would Condi Rice STOP me from communicating with president? Surely the head of the CIA is capable enough to get a message to his boss…

        B) if Condi Rice DID block Tenet, and Tenet had information that could have prevented 9/11, then how in the WORLD is Condi Rice some ‘celebrated’ political figure, instead of being blamed for the loss of nearly 3,000 American lives (more, including those who died from related complications)?

        Is it because Condi Rice is a woman?

        Is it because Condi Rice is black?

        Is it because Condi Rice is a black woman?

        If it is any of those reasons, then God help us all, because if that was the case, then the people who covered up for Condi Rice have made political correctness their god and they worship at the physical diversity altar.

        If that is the case, those people put their PC insanity ahead of their duty and obligation to the COUNTRY.

        .

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      • cozette says:

        Youu have been misinformed McMasters did not “eradicate” anyone. He does NOT have the authority to hire or fir anyone. He is an advisor. POTUS is head of the NSC. He asked us to focus on getting our Congressmen to back him up in DC and to pass his MAGA agenda and instead we’re focusing on his staff which is HIS business. His staffing decisions are WAY above our pay grade and carping about those decisions and getting people riled up is INTENTIONALLY divisive. Agaiin, PTrump gave us a job. We should do it rather than trying to do his.

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