Don’t Send K.T. McFarland to Singapore

I understand that the Trump administration is eager to find a soft landing spot for K.T. McFarland since her number two position on the National Security Council became untenable with the departure of Michael Flynn. But someone should tell them that there are Muslims in Singapore:

K.T. McFarland, a former Fox News analyst brought in as the No. 2 at the National Security Council by the fired national security adviser Michael Flynn, has been offered the post of US ambassador to Singapore, sources familiar with the situation tell CNN.

McFarland is also being considered for a senior role at the State Department, according to a source familiar with her plans, but it is unclear whether any concrete offer from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been made. One source close to McFarland says she could also opt to remain at the National Security Council.
McFarland’s future at the NSC has been uncertain since Flynn resigned in February amid a controversy over his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, during the transition.

Don’t think the people of Singapore won’t know that McFarland is closely associated with Michael Flynn or that they won’t learn how Flynn feels about Islam.

Donald Trump’s pick to be national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, called Islamism a “vicious cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people” that has to be “excised” during an August speech.

Flynn, who has called Islam as a whole a “cancer” in the past, made the comments during a speech to the Ahavath Torah Congregation in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Video of his speech is available on YouTube and was reviewed by CNN’s KFile.

“We are facing another ‘ism,’ just like we faced Nazism, and fascism, and imperialism and communism,” Flynn said. “This is Islamism, it is a vicious cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people on this planet and it has to be excised.”

And even if they didn’t care about her connection to Flynn, they’d be unimpressed with this:

Trump saw her on TV which is always a top recommendation in his book. It turns out that McFarland shares a similar worldview with Flynn and Trump, believing that the US should seek a close relationship with Russia and put everything it has into the battle against Islamist terrorism. She likes torture, likes it a lot and considers failing to profile Muslims to be “political correctness.”

The purpose of diplomacy is to improve relations with foreign countries, and I don’t think it’s a good idea to send an ambassador to Singapore who is on the record approving of the torture and profiling of Muslims, who happen to make up about 15% of the population there.

A better position for her, given her communications background, might be as a potential replacement for Sean Spicer, who looks to me to be on the verge of spontaneous combustion.

Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly and the main blogger at Booman Tribune.