Military leaders denounce Trump’s assault on democracy
I have renewed faith in our military and intelligence services after reading comments regarding Trump’s revocation of security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan.
Admiral William McRaven, former head of all U.S. special forces and director of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden said “few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity and honesty, whose character have never been in question...” He further addressed Trump “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.”
And that from a man that didn’t use five deferments, including faking a bone spur, to avoid military service. I know which man I would throw my lot in with when push comes to shove.
Anyone with a clear mind would realize that Trump is using his power to revoke security clearances in order to stifle free speech, and that fact should strike fear into Americans who value free speech and the free press.
Admiral McRaven was joined by 60 other intelligence officials, including 12 former intelligence directors and deputy directors, in condemning this assault on the principles of American democracy.
Each person who has the courage to speak out makes it harder for those to justify their silence when our democracy has never been so threatened in our lifetime.