‘Revoke My Security Clearance, Too, Mr. President’
An Open Letter to Trump from Retired U.S. By William H. McRaven, from The Washington Post, August 17th, 2018
Posted August 20th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
A Brief Foreword from Niagara At Large publisher and reporter Doug Draper –
Going back at least as far as the War in Vietnam and all of the Cold War posturing with nuclear bombs during the 1960s and 70s, I have never felt all that hot about higher ups in the U.S. Pentagon and its foreign and domestic intelligence networks.
A very strange thing has happened though. In the past year and a half, with Trump in the White House, the Republican Party of Nixon, Reagan and the Bushes that he has eviscerated has gone from being a shameless supporter of virtually everything U.S. military and intelligence leaders do to sitting back and saying nothing or even applauding while Trump publicly slimes any still active or retired military or intelligence leader who dares to criticize him.
In that spirit, Trump has torn a page from the playbooks of Nixon from the Watergate era of the 1970s and Senator Joe McCarthy from the Red Scare era of the 1950s, and create enemy lists blacklists for any higher ups in the U.S.. military or intelligence community who fail to pay him the loyalty he demands.
One of Trump’s most recent targets is former CIA director John Brennan who had the audacity to go on the air and say that the way Trump gushed over Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and failed to take him to task for meddling in America’s 2016 presidential elections during their July Helsinki summit “rose to the level of treason.”
For this and similar verbal attacks against him, Trump recently pulled the plug on Brennan’s security clearance and has a list of at least nine other former intelligence and military leaders he is threatening to do the same thing to for have the nerve to question his magnificence.
All of this had retired U.S. Navy admiral William McRaven, who had a hand in hunting down and killing 9/11 terrorist attack ring-leader Osama bin Laden, to have the following open letter, daring Trump to pull his security clearance too, in The Washington Post.
It is an unprecedented letter and a very harsh one, coming, as it does, from an individual Republicans might normally regard as a hero, aimed at a five-time Vietnam War draft dodger. And still the Republican Party, which seems more interested in being an incubator for white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the like these day, hasn’t got a thing to say about a president that is so obviously abusing the powers of his office to punish his perceived enemies, even as he sucks up to some of the most brutal dictators on the planet.
Unless enough Americans rise up to stop Trump, it is beginning to look like today’s children on this continent will one day be able to tell their grandchildren that they were around when democracy in the United States died while millions of people in that same country, enraptured by this reality TV president, cheered on.
Next questions. Could something like this ever happen in Canada?
Here is the retired admiral’s full letter –
“Dear Mr. President:
Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.
Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.
Like most Americans, I had hoped that when you became president, you would rise to the occasion and become the leader this great nation needs.
A good leader tries to embody the best qualities of his or her organization. A good leader sets the example for others to follow. A good leader always puts the welfare of others before himself or herself.
Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities. Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.
If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken. The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be.”
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