Our Republic Is Under Attack From the President (McRaven, NYT op-ed)

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William H. McRaven, a retired Navy admiral, is a former commander of the United States Special Operations Command and former chancellor of the University of Texas system.


Our Republic Is Under Attack From the President


By William H. McRaven

Oct. 17, 2019

Last week I attended two memorable events that reminded me why we care so very much about this nation and also why our future may be in peril.

The first was a change of command ceremony for a storied Army unit in which one general officer passed authority to another. The second event was an annual gala for the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.) Society that recognizes past and present members of the intelligence and Special Operations community for their heroism and sacrifice to the nation. What struck me was the stark contrast between the words and deeds heralded at those events — and the words and deeds emanating from the White House.

On the parade field at Fort Bragg, N.C., where tens of thousands of soldiers have marched either preparing to go to war or returning from it, the two generals, highly decorated, impeccably dressed, cleareyed and strong of character, were humbled by the moment.

They understood the awesome responsibility that the nation had placed on their shoulders. They understood that they had an obligation to serve their soldiers and their soldiers’ families. They believed in the American values for which they had been fighting for the past three decades. They had faith that these values were worth sacrificing everything for — including, if necessary, their lives.

Having served with both officers for the past 20 years, I know that they personified all that is good and decent and honorable about the American military with genuineness of their humility, their uncompromising integrity, their willingness to sacrifice all for a worthy cause, and the pride they had in their soldiers.

Later that week, at the O.S.S. Society dinner, there were films and testimonials to the valor of the men and women who had fought in Europe and the Pacific during World War II. We also celebrated the 75th anniversary of D-Day, recognizing those brave Americans and allies who sacrificed so much to fight Nazism and fascism. We were reminded that the Greatest Generation went to war because it believed that we were the good guys — that wherever there was oppression, tyranny or despotism, America would be there. We would be there because freedom mattered. We would be there because the world needed us and if not us, then who?

Also that evening we recognized the incredible sacrifice of a new generation ...


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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/opinion/trump-mcraven-syria-military.html

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dandyfopp

When the Navy Seal Admiral charged with overseeing the capture of Osama Bin Laden says the POTUS is a danger to this country, you want to read the entire column.

So I hope you don't mind petalique if I post the remainder. :-)

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..Also that evening we recognized the incredible sacrifice of a new generation of Americans: an Army Special Forces warrant officer who had been wounded three times, the most recent injury costing him his left leg above the knee. He was still in uniform and still serving. There was an intelligence officer, who embodied the remarkable traits of those men and women who had served in the O.S.S. And a retired Marine general, whose 40 years of service demonstrated all that was honorable about the Corps and public service.

But the most poignant recognition that evening was for a young female sailor who had been killed in Syria serving alongside our allies in the fight against ISIS. Her husband, a former Army Green Beret, accepted the award on her behalf. Like so many that came before her, she had answered the nation’s call and willingly put her life in harm’s way.

For everyone who ever served in uniform, or in the intelligence community, for those diplomats who voice the nation’s principles, for the first responders, for the tellers of truth and the millions of American citizens who were raised believing in American values — you would have seen your reflection in the faces of those we honored last week.


But, beneath the outward sense of hope and duty that I witnessed at these two events, there was an underlying current of frustration, humiliation, anger and fear that echoed across the sidelines. The America that they believed in was under attack, not from without, but from within.

These men and women, of all political persuasions, have seen the assaults on our institutions: on the intelligence and law enforcement community, the State Department and the press. They have seen our leaders stand beside despots and strongmen, preferring their government narrative to our own. They have seen us abandon our allies and have heard the shouts of betrayal from the battlefield. As I stood on the parade field at Fort Bragg, one retired four-star general, grabbed my arm, shook me and shouted, “I don’t like the Democrats, but Trump is destroying the Republic!”

Those words echoed with me throughout the week. It is easy to destroy an organization if you have no appreciation for what makes that organization great. We are not the most powerful nation in the world because of our aircraft carriers, our economy, or our seat at the United Nations Security Council. We are the most powerful nation in the world because we try to be the good guys. We are the most powerful nation in the world because our ideals of universal freedom and equality have been backed up by our belief that we were champions of justice, the protectors of the less fortunate.

But, if we don’t care about our values, if we don’t care about duty and honor, if we don’t help the weak and stand up against oppression and injustice — what will happen to the Kurds, the Iraqis, the Afghans, the Syrians, the Rohingyas, the South Sudanese and the millions of people under the boot of tyranny or left abandoned by their failing states?

If our promises are meaningless, how will our allies ever trust us? If we can’t have faith in our nation’s principles, why would the men and women of this nation join the military? And if they don’t join, who will protect us? If we are not the champions of the good and the right, then who will follow us? And if no one follows us — where will the world end up?

President Trump seems to believe that these qualities are unimportant or show weakness. He is wrong. These are the virtues that have sustained this nation for the past 243 years. If we hope to continue to lead the world and inspire a new generation of young men and women to our cause, then we must embrace these values now more than ever.

And if this president doesn’t understand their importance, if this president doesn’t demonstrate the leadership that America needs, both domestically and abroad, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office — Republican, Democrat or independent — the sooner, the better. The fate of our Republic depends upon it.

William H. McRaven, a retired Navy admiral, is a former commander of the United States Special Operations Command and former chancellor of the University of Texas system.

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petalique

Thank you, dandyfopp ;-)

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dandyfopp

My sister said the same thing Joan.

People knew what Donald Trump was.

Tribalism. Tribalism put a monster in the WH and tribalism is going to corrode this country until there is nothing left.

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cattyles

We’ve been under attack from within before and done what we needed to do. Time to do it again. No looking away. No being distracted.

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Iris GW

It's time for patriots to do what they must. Country over party.

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lurker111

lol

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

Note the laughter.

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Kathy

Trump and his supporters in the WH believe conspiracy theories over US Intelligence. That’s why Mulvaney didn’t see anything wrong with politics affecting foreign policy. They think they are smarter than our intelligence.

They have bought into Russian propaganda or they are part of a Russian Coup.


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maifleur01

The last time this country was thought to be attacked from within it was during the McCarthy era. It is not something this country should repeat. In future years if there is anyone left living on this planet they will look back and will be able to see how this era mimics so many in the past where the wrong people took control because they considered all the rest of the people as nothing and something to get rid of. There helpers were then reviled by their leaders for doing what the leaders "strongly suggested" that they do.


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petalique

Kathy, I began a response, but stumbled on a key and the entire post went into the ether, lost. I’ll try again.

Trump has purposefully gutted many departments by firing seasoned staff or not filling vacancies. Look at what he’s done to eviscerate the FBI’s counterintelligence (especially the top tier experts on Russia), the State Department, and the Justice Department. He has replaced experience, dedicated, competent professionals, with clueless, inexperienced toadies. He’s cut funding to agencies charged with monitoring and oversight. He’s gone backwards on standards and regulations. Our democratic republic and so much else is gravely threatened by Trump’s aberrant personality, impulsivity, corruption, greed, ignorance and arrogance.

A few Days ago I was thinking about the “Miracle on the Hudson” — the January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 disabled by a bird strike to both engines. The seasoned 57 year old pilot, Chesley Sullenberger, with over 19,660 flying miles logged, masterfully landed the Airbus on the Hudson River where all 155 passengers survived.



This event came to mind in as a contrasting metaphor for the Trumpian world in which we now find ourselves. An experienced seasoned pilot like Sully would likely have been replaced way before the event if Trump had managed that airline. He is incompetent and ignorant and doesn’t hold onto anyone who doesn’t share his vacant incompetence. Imagine if one of Trump’s clueless, hapless or corrupt employees was in the pilot’s seat in the emergency Sullenberger expertly managed.

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Kathy

Petalique, that has happened to me too. I just get disgusted and leave. Thanks for coming back and posting.


Yes, Trump is eviscerating the knowledgeable diplomats and running government with “acting’ appointees who are furthering the conspiracy theories promoted by Russia.

Must be the ones who will benefit from lifting Russian sanctions.

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Izzy Mn(4)

As Pelosi said to Trump "All roads lead to Putin".


Some more information I thought was notable from meeting I read when fact checking:

Pelosi on Thursday provided a few more details about the contentious gathering, saying she told Trump that he was, in fact, breaking his campaign-trail promise to bring the troops home, since the Pentagon has said it will send thousands of new troops to Saudi Arabia following the Syria decision.

"If the president is saying, 'I said during the campaign I was going to take the troops home,' then is home Saudi Arabia?" Pelosi asked Thursday.

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chase_gw

But hey , supposedly the US is being paid by SA, not that I believe that for a minute, but how good that must make those wonderful enlisted men and women feel to know they are paid mercenaries.

Trump seems to be going out of this way to pi$$ off the troops, along with the farmers, the auto workers, the manufacturing sector.....not that they had much to do with his 2016 win.

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HU9999

Trump is a clear and present danger to the USA and the world.

He's more dangerous than McCarthy ever was.

Those that stand behind him and continue to support him and let this disaster continue are just as responsible as he is. They could stop him. Their job in Congress is to stop him. It's past time they do their job.

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petalique


^^^^^ Totally agree, HU9999. The reprobate Republicans are mostly not particularly bright or well read. They are weak bellied and afraid of a moronic criminal bully. Like their leader, they cannot think around a corner, cannot appreciate anything but immediate, spelled out consequences. They swim in tight robotic schools and they are heading into some sharp teeth. Those who foolishly elected them are even less cluey, likely d e p l o r a b l e

They like FauxNews — no big words, lots of colorful pictures. Maps and rules to follow.




Think these folks are ever going to come to, see what a lying dangerous fraud Trump is, then figure out how to call or write their slinky-for-spine Republican congressmen?

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Carro

Here's a plan McRaven would surely approve of! And it's so simple. Now, follow along, OK?

1- Get out of bed

2- Make your bed

3- VOTE!

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petalique

Funny, Carro. Wasn’t something like that in a speech he gave to graduates?

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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

Savior? nyuk.........not a cult huh?

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie)doineedtoaddanamehere(8a)
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petalique


There! Fixed it for ya.

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petalique

from wikipedia


Adolf Hitler is considered to have had an acute case of the messiah complex.[2] This was evident in his preoccupation with himself as a political actor, his meticulous concern for his self-presentation, and his identification with himself as the savior of the German people.[6] Hitler believed that he was fated to lead Germany to a thousand-year-long period of European domination and that he was chosen to rid Europe of undesirable people.[7] This example shows how the messiah complex in such rare individuals can cause unimaginable destruction when combined with narcissistic and paranoid traits.[7]


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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

Is that John Barron behind that mustache?

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roxanna7

Petalique, that cartoon of 'salt and slugs' is SO terrific! Trumpisters in a nutshell (or salt-shaker, as the case may be).

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dandyfopp


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catkinZ8a

Embrace the memes!

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petalique

Weak, desperate and must “win” at all costs. Or else.





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Carro


petalique

Funny, Carro. Wasn’t something like that in a speech he gave to graduates?

Yes, it went viral. I've watched it many times.

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cait1


SAVED!!!!!!!

Finally admitting America is a REPUBLIC not a pernicious democracy.

Trump is a GENIUS for getting the NYT to headline that (even if is just an opinion piece) and to get leftists to agree!

GEOTUS 2020!!!

ROFL

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie)doineedtoaddanamehere(8a)

God Emperor. Nice. :-|

I can only hope you are using that term ironically cait.

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cait1

@ petalique

Weak, desperate and must “win” at all costs. Or else.

I see you got the DNC's new slogan.

ROFL

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cait1

I can only hope you see me laughing, Miss Lindsey.

I may not agree/like everything he does, but he's definitely the right president for our time. He's exposed leftists and they'll never be able to hide in their boxes again.

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Izzy Mn(4)

United States is a Democratic Republic. Pray it stays that way. Do you call it a republic because you are afraid to use the word Democratic?

Added link for below request on Democratic Republic definition. Google is your friend, it's explained 1,000 times or more.

https://bensguide.gpo.gov/m-constitution

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Why is the united states a democratic republic?

As long as the constitution continues to protect the rights of the people, the citizenry continues to vote for representatives, and the constitution limits the power of the government, the United States remains both a republic and a democracy.

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https://act.represent.us/sign/democracy-republic/

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cait1

^^^

Show me in the Constitution where it states that, please.

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Kathy

More and more Reps are speaking out. If they have any morals at all it will be hard to defend Trump going forward.

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie)doineedtoaddanamehere(8a)

I did see you laughing cait, but I’ve been mistaken about people’s emoji/acronym intentions before.

Does that mean that you are in fact using the term God Emperor ironically?

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HU9999

Here's a plan McRaven would surely approve of! And it's so simple. Now, follow along, OK?

1- Get out of bed

2- Make your bed

3- VOTE!

I'm sorry you don't understand The Consitution. Is there a local class you could take? Or, you know, you could just read it yourself.

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