Dear Mr. "President"

By Ronald Horvath | Aug 17, 2018

William H. McRaven, a retired Navy admiral, was commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014. He oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

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."

Comments (4)
Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Aug 18, 2018 10:20

"A dozen former intelligence chiefs from both Democratic and Republican administrations issued an unprecedented rebuke of President Donald Trump’s decision to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance.

The officials included former CIA Directors Michael Hayden, Leon Panetta, William Webster, Porter Goss, General David Petraeus and George Tenet, multiple former deputy directors, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

“We all agree that the president’s action regarding John Brennan and the threats of similar action against other former officials has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances ― and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech,” they wrote. “You don’t have to agree with what John Brennan says (and, again, not all of us do) to agree with his right to say it, subject to his obligation to protect classified information.”

On Friday, former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Bob Gates also signed on to the statement.

Unlike some of the others, Petraeus and Gates have refrained from criticizing Trump in public.

“As individuals who have cherished and helped preserve the right of Americans to free speech ― even when that right has been used to criticize us ― that signal is inappropriate and deeply regrettable,” the former intelligence officials wrote."

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Aug 17, 2018 17:55

Well Said!

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Aug 17, 2018 08:30

We can only hope, Richard.  We can only hope.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Aug 17, 2018 08:13

Congress is complicit with the division our country sees. They are more concerned with maintaining their own position instead of working together for a common solution. What can we do? We can begin by having an open heart, listen to our neighbors respectfully and giving an encouraging word and/or hand to those struggling around us.  Here in mid-coast Maine that appears to be happening more and more.

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