Our Republic is under attack by its president says a retired admiral

An increasing number of people with gravitas are going on record to heighten concerns over the abuse of powers and attempts to obstruct such from view by the US president. Thomas Friedman has penned an excellent editorial along these lines (below is a link to a blog which includes Friedman’s piece). He contrasts the political courage and heroic words under oath of Former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch to the words at various rallies by the US president calling those who criticize him as enemies of the state.

Also, below is a link to a summary of an editorial by retired Admiral William McRaven, who led the raid on Osama Bin Laden among other career accomplishments. He has penned a piece that is simply called “Our republic is under attack from the president.” As he notes, this is not just McRaven’s opinion as an unnamed General took him aside and said the president is a threat and has to go. The summary starts out with the following statement:

“Former Adm. William McRaven (Ret.) argued in an op-ed Thursday that President Trump is ‘destroying’ the United States, warning that the future of the country is ‘in peril if Trump is not removed from office.'”

As more reasoned voices who mitigated Trump’s worst instincts and impulses have left the building, the nation should be concerned. We have an unshackled president who prides himself on not doing any homework. As conservative pundit David Brooks said yesterday – the score after the Kurds were abandoned is Erdogan 56, Trump 0. GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said the following in a editorial in The Washington Post about the grave mistake to withdraw support from the Kurds:

“Withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria is a grave strategic mistake. It will leave the American people and homeland less safe, embolden our enemies, and weaken important alliances. Sadly, the recently announced pullout risks repeating the Obama administration’s reckless withdrawal from Iraq, which facilitated the rise of the Islamic State in the first place.”

I have long believed the US president is a clear and present danger to our democracy, to our planet and to the Republican party. The latter group is beginning to realize that fact. I hope it is not too late. They need to call upon a dose of that political courage of Ms. Yovanovitch and others who are telling the truth knowing a vindictive president will react.


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7 thoughts on “Our Republic is under attack by its president says a retired admiral

  1. Note to Readers: Let me add that Republican Governor of Ohio John Kasich called for the impeachment of the president last night on PBS Newshour. As an Independent, I would have considered voting for Kasich had he won the nomination for president, so I consider his voice one of reason and rational. These are two “r” words that would not be top of mind in defining the current incumbent president.

  2. Note to Readers II: Here is an excerpt from an article in The Washington Post on the growing disenchantment in the GOP ranks over the president on Syria, G7 and impeachment inquiry.

    “In interviews with more than 20 GOP lawmakers and congressional aides in the past 48 hours, many said they were repulsed by Trump’s decision to host an international summit at his own resort and incensed by acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s admission — later withdrawn — that U.S. aid to Ukraine was withheld for political reasons. Others expressed anger over the president’s abandonment of Kurdish allies in Syria.

    One Republican, Rep. Francis Rooney (Fla.) — whose district Trump carried by 22 percentage points — did not rule out voting to impeach the president and compared the situation to the Watergate scandal that ended Richard Nixon’s presidency.”

  3. Thank you for the shout out and link, Keith! These are frightening times in uncharted waters for the U.S. I was pleasantly surprised to read that even Mitch McConnell criticized Trump’s pulling out of Syria. The evidence that he is self-serving and corrupt mounts daily, and for the first time, I think there is a possibility that 20 republican senators may actually vote to convict him on the impeachment charges if the House does their homework and provides a solid case. Meanwhile, though, his madness seems to be escalating, and I find that very concerning.

    • Jill, you are welcome. Hopefully, we have passed the tipping point. It may be helpful or harmful to the cause of impeachment and conviction, but another book is out called “All the president’s women.” The book touts much research and counts 67 known women who have been sexually assaulted or maltreated by Trump. The story of his propensity to walk in on models and beauty pageant contestant is recurring, eg. Keith

  4. Note to Readers: I encourage others who have concerns about the conduct and alleged abuse of power by the US president to share your concerns with your Congressional representatives and Senators. An easy message is you support the impeachment inquiry as we must get to the bottom of this.

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