Trump Loyalist Fired for Circulating Memo Critical of the Deep State
According to a bombshell new story by The Atlantic that dropped this week, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster has been cleaning the president’s intelligence advisory team of any aides who were part of Michael Flynn’s original team.
Perhaps the most interest of these developments was the firing of Rich Higgins, a former Pentagon official who was reportedly let go on July 21 after he wrote up a memo warning President Trump of the “cultural Marxists,” “globalists,” and “Islamists” inside the administration. The memo, which was apparently written in late May, did not apparently get all the way to the president’s desk. It was intercepted by Higgins’ superiors in the National Security Council and served as a rapid pretense with which he was summarily dismissed by McMaster.
“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,” Higgins wrote in the memo. “In Maoist insurgencies, the formation of a counter-state is essential to seizing state power. Functioning as a hostile complete state acting within an existing state, it has an alternate infrastructure. Political warfare operates as one of the activities of the ‘counter-state.’
“Because the left is aligned with Islamist organizations at local, national, and international levels, recognition should be given to the fact that they seamlessly interoperate through coordinated synchronized interactive narratives,” the memo continued. “These attack narratives are pervasive, full spectrum, and institutionalized at all levels. They operate in social media, television, the 24-hour news cycle in all media and are entrenched at the upper levels of the bureaucracies.”
These are, of course, common themes among Trump supporters. In its criticism of the deep state and the media, it reflects nothing less than the president’s own campaign rhetoric. Therefore, it strikes us as even more unusual that Higgins would be fired over the memo, unless his bosses at the NSC feared that it might remind Trump that he can’t necessarily trust some of the Obama-era holdovers who continue to hold ideological sway over his administration.
As president, Trump has no choice but to work with members of the “establishment,” many of whom have been in their jobs through multiple administrations. The media likes to portray these career officials as non-partisan, and that’s true in some cases. But “non-partisan” and “non-ideological” are not the same thing. These deep state officials have their own ideology and it has seeped into the platforms of what some cynics call the Uniparty in Washington. Particularly where national security and foreign policy are concerned, the gap between Republicans and Democrats is not always as wide as one might wish.
Trump came into office with the promise of overturning the failed, globalist policies of the establishment. We understand that an individual in McMaster’s position can’t have his advisers undermining him to the president, but we hope that Trump himself does not allow himself to get bogged down in the same stale strategies that have leeched American treasure (and blood) dry for decades.