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Monday, February 20, 2017

Kaboom!

Infogalactic News proves more up-to-the-minute than Drudge!

General McMaster named National Security Advisor

Complete with a link to his Infogalactic page.

Not a bad start, I'd say.

UPDATE: Bill Kristol likes McMaster. Not a good sign.

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Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) February 20, 2017 3:51 PM  

Extremely high energy winning

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) February 20, 2017 3:52 PM  

Also McMaster is not Bolton, which is outstanding news.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 20, 2017 3:52 PM  

HR MCMaster?? I love winning. I DO I DO

Anonymous Mark Auld February 20, 2017 3:55 PM  

Great for IG,will there be a mobile app for phones?

Blogger beerme February 20, 2017 3:57 PM  

As mentioned in the other thread, I don't want to live without the context pages to go with news again. It is a game changer.

Blogger Robert Divinity February 20, 2017 4:04 PM  

'grats on the scoop, Vox. Infogalatic is coming together beautifully.

Also McMaster is not Bolton, which is outstanding news.

Here, here. The neocon tears likely could fill a lake. To be candid, though, Bolton seems a person I would like, just nowhere near the levers of power. Apparently that's a widely shared perception.

Blogger Salt February 20, 2017 4:11 PM  

Bill Kristol likes McMaster. Not a good sign.

Blind squirrel, acorn. No worries...

Blogger beerme February 20, 2017 4:11 PM  

French likes him too and is calling him the "Neil Gorsuch of Generals". Worrying signs when the NRO types are agreeing with Trump's selection.

Blogger Robert Divinity February 20, 2017 4:12 PM  

UPDATE: Bill Kristol likes McMaster. Not a good sign.

Frenchy also is heaping on the praise. I hope the Deep State coup against Flynn didn't get us a neocon-friendly lunatic as the replacement. I'll give Trump the benefit of doubt there as he's always earned it.

Anonymous Looking Glass February 20, 2017 4:13 PM  

Seems a little odd of an appointment, but McMasters is one of the most highly regarded Military guys that hadn't been purged. (Though, Army in this case rather than a Marine.)

Trump is stuffing his close advisors with literally all of the best Western Generals breathing. That says he's probably going to purge the Flag ranks of the butt-kissers.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) February 20, 2017 4:14 PM  

I hope the Deep State coup against Flynn didn't get us a neocon-friendly lunatic as the replacement.

It's almost impossible to get more neocon friendly lunatic than Flynn. He wrote a book with Leeden for chrissake.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 20, 2017 4:15 PM  

Looking Glass: agreed. There are going to be a lot of TV generals showing up on CNN.

Blogger Robert Divinity February 20, 2017 4:16 PM  

@10:

Flynn was not a major Russia basher although he did go full NeoLoon over the Iranaians.

Blogger Lazarus February 20, 2017 4:18 PM  

Looking Glass wrote:Trump is stuffing his close advisors with literally all of the best Western Generals breathing.

Well, if a military coup is in the works, they won't have to travel far to get it done.

Blogger S1AL February 20, 2017 4:19 PM  

Didn't the neocons also like Mattis?

Blogger James Dixon February 20, 2017 4:20 PM  

> UPDATE: Bill Kristol likes McMaster. Not a good sign.

Trump seems to be concerned with ability to do the job and willingness to take orders than with ideology, at least at this point. As long as McMaster is willing to follow the administration's lead all will be well. If not, he'll be fired.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) February 20, 2017 4:20 PM  

Didn't the neocons also like Mattis?

Everyone likes mattis

Blogger beerme February 20, 2017 4:21 PM  

@14 I know that the odious neocon Max Boot liked both Mattis and McMaster.

Blogger Robert Divinity February 20, 2017 4:21 PM  

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Anonymous Looking Glass February 20, 2017 4:22 PM  

The weird bit about the people that like him might be because they were told to, otherwise they were getting something worse.

The detail with McMasters, aside from being really highly regarded for his execution of operations, is the little detail he wrote a book about how we f'd up Vietnam: https://www.amazon.com/Dereliction-Duty-Johnson-McNamara-Vietnam/dp/0060929081 It's why I recognized the name, as he was a big up & comer during the latter stages of the Iraq campaign.

Blogger Robert Divinity February 20, 2017 4:23 PM  

Didn't the neocons also like Mattis?

Yes but hear in mind the neocons masturbate furiously over anyone in uniform who hasn't denounced them.

Blogger S1AL February 20, 2017 4:23 PM  

@Josh, Robert, et all -

Yes, that's the point I was making.

Blogger beerme February 20, 2017 4:28 PM  

Everyone likes mattis

Everyone is scared of the consequences of not liking Mattis.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) February 20, 2017 4:31 PM  

Everyone is scared of the consequences of not liking Mattis.

Yes everyone likes to not die

Blogger cheddarman February 20, 2017 4:32 PM  

I would like to know if Tom Kratman knows him, and has any opinions in regards to General McMaster's patriotism and loyalties.

Blogger Robert Divinity February 20, 2017 4:35 PM  

Ann Coulter loathed the selection of Mattis and cited some rather jarring "Islam is the religion of peace"-style bromides to make her case. Today Mattis was assuring the Iraqis, contra the GE, "we don't want to take your oil." Pence sang the praises of the EU. A lot seems to be in motion although those latter two things have been American policy with no announced changes.

Blogger Orville February 20, 2017 4:35 PM  

This seems to continue the trend of heavily embedding the military into the Trump administration as a deterent against the Derp State spooks and NeoCons.

Better them than limp wristed policy spergs from the swamp.

Blogger Robert Divinity February 20, 2017 4:37 PM  

@26:

I suspect competence is the GE's major consideration but coup protection surely figures into it.

Blogger YIH February 20, 2017 4:40 PM  

From IG News: Fox News is most-trusted TV news/commentary source: poll
About 28 percent of U.S. voters named Fox News as the TV news/commentary source they trust the most, followed by CNN at 13 percent, according to the Suffolk University/USA Today poll.

CBS was next at 9 percent, followed by NBC at 8 percent, ABC at 7 percent, MSNBC at 6 percent, Comedy Central at 5 percent and C-SPAN at 3 percent. About one-fifth of voters said they were undecided.

TOP KEK

Anonymous Dan February 20, 2017 4:45 PM  

Unfortunately the neocon turds need some meat thrown their way. They have the ability to create huge problems via the deep state and the not-so-deep-state (John McCain traveling to Europe to attack the president).

Blogger Happy LP9 February 20, 2017 4:45 PM  

I'M ELATED!! CONGRATS TO THE STAFF!!!

Anonymous Looking Glass February 20, 2017 4:53 PM  

While I don't take this as a shot to the service of other generals, do I notice that Trump has brought to himself a collection of Generals that are considered the best & brightest, but also have actually had to kill other Men in the line of duty? If Trump gets involved in a war, he's clearly got no intention to lose or need stay around fighting it very long.

Anonymous Kreator February 20, 2017 4:53 PM  

OT but I don't know a better place to ask this: Can someone confirm this? Some (((news outlets))) in my country are parading over the fact that Flynn traveled to Europe and said that Pr. Trump will continue to work hard with and for the EU as partners.

I know I should not believe any of this, but can I have some of the ilk's insight of it, please?

Blogger James Dixon February 20, 2017 4:53 PM  

> I would like to know if Tom Kratman knows him, and has any opinions in regards to General McMaster's patriotism and loyalties.

See the comment above about "Dereliciton of Duty". Would an officer not loyal to the country risk writing that?

Blogger Dexter February 20, 2017 4:56 PM  

McMasters book rebukes Joint Chiefs for not telling LBJ Vietnam was a stupid idea. Let's hope he sees advising Trump not to do stupid things as his major role as NSA.

Blogger VD February 20, 2017 5:05 PM  

Some (((news outlets))) in my country are parading over the fact that Flynn traveled to Europe and said that Pr. Trump will continue to work hard with and for the EU as partners.

It's called "diplomacy". When you politely tell people things you both know are not true.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr February 20, 2017 5:13 PM  

McMaster is a good guy, but I'm worried that Trump is picking a team more suited to 1997 or 2007 than 2017. Very land-centric, very CENTCOM-centric. In the emerging multipolar world, seapower and airpower are the trump cards....and Naval Air is the ace of spades. I'd feel a lot more comfortable with a strong navalist on the team.

Anonymous A Former Spartan February 20, 2017 5:16 PM  

Looong time reader here, very rarely taking to the key board. In this instance I will as I have some small history and connection with McMaster. I first met him when he was a newly minted one star briefing our brigade just prior to our deployment to Afghaistan in '06. I had read his book and thought highly of it. My impression at the time was very high energy, committed to winning, and highly intelligent. (On a side note, I was senior staff of that brigade, our commander was (then) COL Mick Nicholson, the current four-banger, currently in over all command of Afghanistan.)

I next ran into him in Afghanistan in '11. I was the G7 (think political warfare, rhetoric, and dirty tricks chief) for the 10th Mtn Division which was serving as the HQ in Kandahar. McMaster was the Commander of TF Shfafayet, an anti-corruption TF, in Kabul. I have it on good authority that he called out a group of senior leaders, in public, because they were essentially uninterested in hearing that the biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan was the government we were supporting. The way I heard it, he told the assembled folks, most senior to him, "Look, do you want to know what's going on, or do you want me to shut up? I can always go home." Or words to that effect.

Currently, I attend church with the family of one of the 1 stars on his staff. I see the guy occasionally and get the impression that McMaster is a bit of a hard charger, no surprise.

My overall impression is that he is absolutely committed to arete and embodies thumos. What is unclear to me is the extent to which he really gets the bankruptcy of the Imperial expansion as policy, much less where he stands vis a vis Russia, Iran, and China. It's worth noting that literally every senior military leader of my acquaintance - and I know more than a few - is a globalist and will NOT take a stand against The Narrative. Most reflexively look for reasons to dislike the Russians. (I'm a recently retired LTC and I joined before the fall of the wall. Imagine what its like for the YG '79 types.) For that matter, most lost soldiers to Iranian backed irregulars. Very few can detach from that sub-consciously. Indeed, I was once called a defeatist and a traitor because I allowed as how there was some justice in the actions of many of the folks fighting us in Afghanistan.

Anyway, just some thoughts and impressions, for what they're worth.

Blogger Fifty Seven February 20, 2017 5:17 PM  

"Some (((news outlets))) in my country are parading over the fact that Flynn traveled to Europe and said that Pr. Trump will continue to work hard with and for the EU as partners."

Diplomacy, n. The patriotic art of lying for one's country.
A. Bierce

Blogger VD February 20, 2017 5:21 PM  

It's worth noting that literally every senior military leader of my acquaintance - and I know more than a few - is a globalist and will NOT take a stand against The Narrative.

Yes, it's remarkable how poorly developed their ability to consider the possibility that they are not, in fact, the good guys is. They all believe they are helping keep Rome together when they're doing the exact opposite.

My uncle is the same way.

Anonymous A Former Spartan February 20, 2017 5:25 PM  

BTW, According to the InfoGalactic page, he was passed over in '06 and '07. My memory is that he was a 1 star when he briefed the brigade officers in '06, but I could be mistaken. I do remember our commander, a COL, differing to him, but that might have been simple respect.

Blogger Fifty Seven February 20, 2017 5:31 PM  

I was never an officer, but the impression I get is that the job is 50% political maneuvering at that level. Hence the prevailing attitudes.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 20, 2017 5:32 PM  

Vox,

Is Krulak your uncle?

Anonymous Looking Glass February 20, 2017 5:35 PM  

@36 When everyone was caught up in talking about Sweden, it seemed more targeted to avoid this statement from Trump's speech (which I missed but Vox posted):

"And we all have heart, by the way. And what I want to do is build safe zones in Syria and other places so they can stay there and live safely until their cities and their country, that mess that I was left by Obama and everybody else — folks, we were left a mess like you wouldn't believe, but we're going to build safe zones."

Hopefully most here get the categorical strategic shift that Trump mentioned in the speech. Trump has changed our policy from funneling weapons & money to nasty actors into we're either not involved or we're going to Clear & Hold certain terrain. He has brought in the Men capable of pulling off that type of event in the case it's needed, and, hopefully, also the Men that'll tell him not to do it. Big things are changing as a matter of policy for the USA.

Blogger Robert What? February 20, 2017 5:35 PM  

I wonder if Trump is getting worn down by all the bullshit? Not that I could blame him if he is.

Anonymous patrick kelly February 20, 2017 5:39 PM  

Generals have big hammers called war and policy issues looks like a nail that needs pounding to them. Doesn't matter which spooks they are buddies with or what party they vote for.

Trust Trump and others to handle them.

Anonymous Silly but True February 20, 2017 6:11 PM  

OOH: He is Petreus' guy. OTOH: Petreus is a globalist & new-con's wet dream. OTOH: Soros hates Petreus. OTOH: The Deep State loved Petreus. OTOH: Bush and Obama loved Petreus. OTOH: Trump loves Petreus. OTOH: The Deep State hates Trump. OTOH: Obama is 2nd generation Deep State. OTOH...

I'll just go with his combat service record and the fact that the Obama administration absolutely hated to promote the guy.

Anonymous BBGKB February 20, 2017 6:48 PM  

Didn't the neocons also like Mattis? Everyone likes mattis

Even Trigglypuff?

suspect competence is the GE's major consideration but coup protection surely figures into it.

If TRUMP has all the good military leaders, the military might not be able to find its way to DC.

Anonymous It's 2015+2 February 20, 2017 6:50 PM  

Just a quick reminder...can't recall ever seeing anyone mention this. Safe zones in Syria is one of the major aspects of the neocon plan.

https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/23syriastrategyohanlon.pdf

I'll try to track down the link, but this plan is just a rehash from an earlier Israeli plan crafted in the 60's.

I'm hopeful that the safe zone idea is just the best idea...

Blogger Silly But True February 20, 2017 7:37 PM  

Through 2016, the only people who the US created a safe zone for in Syria is AlQaeda.

Anonymous Bo Dayshus February 20, 2017 7:40 PM  

So glad you linked to John Derbyshire!

Blogger wreckage February 20, 2017 8:14 PM  

If Trump is serious about a seismic shift from CIA circle-jerks to infantry action, he seems to be picking up the right guys for that.

The time for masturbating to Tom Clancy novels is past.

Blogger traderdoc February 20, 2017 8:50 PM  

Remarkable article about Trump efforts to already broker mid-east peace, and Obama State Dept. (former) staff member efforts to sabotage it.

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/02/19/obama-admin-and-allies-in-state-dept-intentionally-undermine-structural-trump-peace-alliance-with-leak-to-reuters-of-secret-2016-meeting/#more-128921

Blogger The Other Robot February 20, 2017 9:13 PM  

I see that Infogalactic also has an Infogalactic News link as well on the side bar ... that wasn't there a day or so ago.

Blogger losemoneyfast February 21, 2017 2:11 AM  

Am very happy with Infogalactic News. Especially love the simplicity and minimalism. Joined Burn Unit couple of weeks ago and already got my money's worth.

Anonymous Nick February 21, 2017 3:30 AM  

McMaster is associated with the Hoover Institution, like Mattis. Hoover fellows tend to skew neoconservative with a handful of libertarians. I used to work there and I remember attending one of McMaster's talks about 10 years ago, nothing memorable besides his high energy and apparent commitment to the military. According to his Hoover bio he's a member of the Council on Foreign Relations: http://www.hoover.org/profiles/h-r-mcmaster

Anonymous Athor Pel February 21, 2017 7:13 AM  

"56. Anonymous Nick February 21, 2017 3:30 AM
... According to his Hoover bio he's a member of the Council on Foreign Relations: http://www.hoover.org/profiles/h-r-mcmaster
"


Let us hope he realizes what the CFR is and gets out or he accepted the membership invitation with the intention of using the connection for intelligence gathering purposes.

Longtime CFR members are committed globalists. If a person buys into the CFR mission they become a traitor to their own nation.

Blogger Redd Castle February 21, 2017 1:28 PM  

As a recently retired LTC, I have a little personal history with Gen McMaster. He's greatly known as the savior of Tal Afar but truth is he's more of a glory hound like most globalist senior officers wearing stars. And I know several. Most of the good ones are drummed out or know it's time to go leaving the likes of him. He's good at parroting the narrative like most "good" politicians who attain that rank. I was on a small team embedded with Iraqi forces in '05 that were needed to shore up the "flank" because of his counterinsurgency plan.

Fast forward several years later he and I had discussions when I was writing a major Army tactics manual and he wanted more of his "greatness" implanted. He didn't realize who I was nor was I going to tell him but needless to say his changes weren't implemented upon Army wide review of my manual.

I don't care for his tactics because he thought too much like a Westerner in a Middle East fight like most senior officers at the time but it'll be interesting to see how he does in the White House. Another Neocon in my opinion

Blogger JP February 23, 2017 12:32 AM  

"It's worth noting that literally every senior military leader of my acquaintance - and I know more than a few - is a globalist and will NOT take a stand against The Narrative."

It's weird. I've always wondered why winners of singing contests tend to have good singing voices... Eh, probably just a coincidence.

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