military intelligence
November 20, 2017

Apparently Rex Tillerson isn't the only Cabinet member in the Trump administration who looks down on the president.

BuzzFeed News reported Monday that at a private dinner in July, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster compared President Trump's intelligence to that of a kindergartner. McMaster additionally said the president was "an idiot" and "a dope," BuzzFeed News reported, while dining with Oracle CEO Safra Catz.

One source who spoke to BuzzFeed News said that McMaster also had harsh words for former White House strategist Stephen Bannon; Secretary of Defense James Mattis; Tillerson, the secretary of state; and Trump's son-in-law/opioid crisis solver/broker of Middle East peace, Jared Kushner. Five sources confirmed the contents of McMaster's table talk to BuzzFeed News, while a sixth claimed that the national security adviser has also questioned Trump's intelligence — or lack thereof — in private.

Officials from both Oracle and the Trump administration rejected the claim that McMaster spoke disparagingly of Trump and the other Cabinet officials while at dinner with Catz.

McMaster, like Tillerson, has long been a target of the alt-right for holding "establishment" and "globalist" positions on foreign policy. Sources who spoke to BuzzFeed News said McMaster was also deeply critical of Trump's foreign policy positions — most notably the president's disdain for the Iranian nuclear deal. In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Michael Anton, a spokesman for the National Security Council said: "Actual participants in the dinner deny that General McMaster made any of the comments attributed to him by anonymous sources. Those false comments represent the diametric opposite of General McMaster's actual views." Kelly O'Meara Morales

November 15, 2015

A U.S. airstrike Friday is thought to have killed the Islamic State's leader in Libya, The Guardian reports Pentagon officials said Saturday.

Wisam al Zubaidi, also known as Abu Nabil al-Anbari, may have also been the spokesman in the terrorist group's 2015 video of the beheading of 21 Copts, most of whom were Egyptian, officials said.

The airstrike was reportedly unrelated to the deaths of at least 129 people on Friday in Paris terrorist attacks, which ISIS has claimed responsibility for. Julie Kliegman

August 26, 2015

At least one analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency has accused officials at U.S. Central Command of altering intelligence assessments of the U.S. fight against Islamic State to make them seem more optimistic, The New York Times reports, citing "several officials familiar with the inquiry." The Pentagon's inspector general reportedly considers the charges serious enough to have opened an investigation.

The civilian DIA analyst or analysts say that military officials reworked draft assessments meant for civilian policymakers, including President Obama, violating U.S. rules against distorting intelligence assessments to match agency agendas or policies, The Times reports. "Legitimate differences of opinion are common and encouraged among national security officials, so the inspector general's investigation is an unusual move and suggests that the allegations go beyond typical intelligence disputes." You can read more about the accusations at The New York Times. Peter Weber

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