Some of my more fearful right-wing neighbors have made at least a parlor game, if not a cottage industry, out of forging wild conspiracy theories about collaboration between Islamic Sharia peddlers and radical leftist, globalist Marxists.
Such absurd conspiracy-theorizing has no place in government. Fortunately, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster may agree with me. On July 21, he fired Rich Higgins, a Trumpist member of the National Security Council’s strategic planning office, for writing a memo along those nutty lines:
“Globalists and Islamists recognize that for their visions to succeed, America, both as an ideal and as a national and political identity, must be destroyed,” the memo warns. It argues that this has led “Islamists [to] ally with cultural Marxists,” but that in the long run, “Islamists will co-opt the movement in its entirety.”
Higgins wrote the memo in late May, and at some point afterwards it began circulating among people outside the White House associated with the Trump campaign to whom Higgins had given it.
Higgins, according to another source with direct knowledge of the incident, was called into the White House Counsel’s office the week before last and asked about the memo. On July 21, the Friday of that week, he was informed by McMaster’s deputy Ricky Waddell that he was losing his job [Rosie Gray, “An NSC Staffer Is Forced out over a Controversial Memo,” The Atlantic, 2017.08.02].
McMaster, who has annoyed the Trumpist Islamophobes since he replaced their pal Michael Flynn in February, has been trying to pull Trump back from his crazy Novstrup/Branstner/Lopez-stoking anti-Muslim rhetoric. McMaster was a tank commander in the first Gulf War and helped design the 2007-2008 surge that kept Iraq from falling apart again. He’s now at war with ideological nuttiness in the White House.
…McMaster is not flawless. But he has devoted his life to America’s defense, on the front lines and in the strategy room; he has thought seriously about the threats we face and how to address them; and, unlike his predecessor, he is not the type to do anything rashly.
Those who want to see the Trump administration succeed ought to work with the national-security adviser, not against him. H. R. McMaster is not the enemy [Ian Tuttle, “H.R. McMaster Is Not the Enemy,” National Review, 2017.08.03].
Trump’s alt-right will say anything and turn on anyone, even a war hero and level-headed veteran, to cling to the fantasy that they are heroes saving America from Marxist jihad.