General HR McMaster once blasted an American colonel for suggesting the Afghans were more corrupt than the Americans, according to a new book.
“They are no more inherently corrupt than we are, and they fight and die every day alongside us,” he said.
Rep. Adam Schiff wrote that he witnessed the exchange between McMaster and the Colonel.
General HR McMaster once hooked up an American colonel in Afghanistan after suggesting Afghans were inherently more corrupt than Americans, according to Democratic Representative Adam Schiff’s new book, “Midnight In Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still could “.
The exchange, which Schiff witnessed, took place during a trip to Kabul before Donald Trump became president. California Democrats said he made the trip to oversee “rule of law issues” in Afghanistan and was impressed with McMaster’s commitment to US Afghan partners.
According to Schiff’s book, he saw McMaster denigrate an American colonel for suggesting that the Afghans were inherently corrupt.
“They are no more inherently corrupt than we are, and they fight and die alongside us every day, so you have to show respect,” McMaster told the officer, according to the book.
Schiff told the story in a passage detailing his disappointment when McMaster defended White House adviser Jared Kushner’s efforts to establish a secret channel of communication with Russia. News of Kushner’s efforts sent shockwaves through the political and media ecosystem of the time, with national security veterans describing Kushner’s actions as unprecedented and highly unusual.
McMaster defended Kushner, telling Cable News that the United States has a long history of having backchannels with other countries. But Schiff called the claim “absurd,” writing: “Yes, there was a time when the United States government used back door communications with countries like Cuba or Iran. But these back door channels are designed to facilitate communication for our government, not to hide information from our government, and for McMaster to suggest otherwise was more than spurious, it was dangerous. “
McMaster was one of six national security advisers, including interim ones, who served Trump. He took over the post in early 2017 following the resignation of General Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign after revealing that he lied about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.
McMaster resigned in April 2018 amid a spate of political disagreements with Trump and an increasingly sour relationship with the president. He was followed by John Bolton, who also resigned and was replaced by Robert O’Brien. Prior to joining Trump’s White House, McMaster had a long military career that included positions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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