H.R. McMaster served as a U.S. Army officer for thirty-four years—including deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan—before retiring as a Lieutenant General in June 2018. He then served as White House national security advisor. Now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, he also chairs the Board of Advisors at FDD’s Center on Military and Political Power.
He joins host Cliff May for a discussion about national security during a challenging and dangerous time —a time when the U.S. is threatened by a motley crew of rivals, adversaries and sworn enemies.
“Half the Syrian population is dead, wounded, or displaced. It is a humanitarian catastrophe of colossal scale.”
“What China and Russia are trying to do is collapse the international political, economic order and replace it in a new order that’s more consistent with their objectives. Russia wants to regain national greatness. China wants to achieve national rejuvenation. And they, in large measure, want to do it at our expense.”
“What Iran is trying to do, I believe, is keep the Arab world perpetually weak so it can apply a Hezbollah model to the greater Middle East and to the Arab world — […] a weak government in place that is dependent on Iran for support, while they create militias and other armed groups that are outside of that government’s control and can be turned against that government if that government acts against Iranian interest.”
“Remaining in the northeastern part of Syria gives the United States and our partners some significant leverage. So to have an enduring defeat of ISIS and other groups, to be able to stabilize that situation, address the humanitarian catastrophe, limit Iran’s influence, we need to exert our influence there alongside like-minded partners.”