The Final Humiliation of H.R. McMaster

by | Jun 30, 2020

After committing war crimes in Iraq, failing _completely_ at fighting corruption in Afghanistan, and failing to convince Trump to attack North Korea, this pathetic perfumed prince of a political general gets taken out to the woodshed by Col. Andrew Bacevich, who ridicules the man nearly to death over his attacks against foreign policy “restrainers.”

“Just as President Trump is adamant in refusing to fess up to mistakes in responding to Covid-19 — ‘We’ve made every decision correctly’ — so too McMaster avoids reckoning with what actually happened when the never-retrench crowd was calling the shots in Washington and set out after 9/11 to transform the Greater Middle East.

“What gives the game away is McMaster’s apparent aversion to numbers. This is an essay devoid of stats. McMaster acknowledges the ‘visceral feelings of war weariness’ felt by more than a few Americans. Yet he refrains from exploring the source of such feelings. So he does not mention casualties — the number of Americans killed or wounded in our post-9/11 misadventures. He does not discuss how much those wars have cost, which, of course, spares him from considering how the trillions expended in Afghanistan and Iraq might have been better invested at home. He does not even reflect on the duration of those wars, which by itself suffices to reveal the epic failure of recent U.S. military policy. Instead, McMaster mocks what he calls the ‘new mantra’ of ‘ending endless wars.’”

About Scott Horton

Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from He’s the author of the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan and editor of The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019. He’s conducted more than 5,000 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna Horton. He is a fan of, but no relation to the lawyer from Harper’s. Scott’s Twitter, YouTube, Patreon.

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