News 50 Republican National Security Officials Say Trump“would be the most reckless President in History"

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    50 Republican National Security Officials Eviscerate Trump In Open Letter

    Trump “would be the most reckless President in American history,” they write.
    08/08/2016 03:28 pm ET
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    • Christina Wilkie National Political Reporter, The Huffington Post

      Dozens of the Republican Party’s most experienced national security officials will not vote for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, they wrote in an open letter released Monday.

      “We are convinced that [Trump] would be a dangerous President and would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being,” said the former officials, many of whom held top positions in the George W. Bush administration.

      “Most fundamentally, Mr. Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be President,” they added. “He weakens U.S. moral authority as the leader of the free world. He appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws, and U.S. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press, and an independent judiciary.”

      Signers include some of the best known intelligence, defense and security experts of the past two decades: Michael V. Hayden, the former director of both the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency; Michael Chertoff and Tom Ridge, both of whom served as secretaries of Homeland Security during the Bush administration; Dov Zakheim, a former under secretary of defense; John D. Negroponte, a deputy secretary of state and a former director of national intelligence; Eric Edelman, a top national security adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney; and Robert Zoellick, a former deputy secretary of state, United States trade rep and president of the World Bank.

      The letter, which was first reported on by The New York Times, represents yet another blow to Trump’s ongoing effort to win over top Republicans. That job that has become significantly more difficult in recent weeks, as Trump has feuded with the family of a fallen soldier and threatened repeatedly to abandon NATO.

      The missive also raises questions about who might agree to serve in a hypothetical Trump administration and offer the former reality TV star advice on national security issues.

      Trump has repeatedly sought to distance himself from some of the most controversial policies of the Bush administration, such as the war in Iraq, which Trump claims he opposed in 2003. Even so, it’s safe to assume that Trump’s campaign would have welcomed support from top members of the national security apparatus.

      The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment about the letter.

      In closing, the 50 officials wrote, “We are convinced that in the Oval Office, he would be the most reckless President in American history.”

      Read the entire letter below.
     
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    STATEMENT BY FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS

    The undersigned individuals have all served in senior national security and/or foreign policy positions in Republican Administrations, from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush. We have worked directly on national security issues with these Republican Presidents and/or their principal advisers during wartime and other periods of crisis, through successes and failures. We know the personal qualities required of a President of the United States.

    None of us will vote for Donald Trump.

    From a foreign policy perspective, Donald Trump is not qualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief. Indeed, we are convinced that he would be a dangerous President and would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.

    Most fundamentally, Mr. Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be President. He weakens U.S. moral authority as the leader of the free world. He appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws, and U.S. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press, and an independent judiciary.

    In addition, Mr. Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he has little understanding of America’s vital national interests, its complex diplomatic challenges, its indispensable alliances, and the democratic values on which U.S. foreign policy must be based. At the same time, he persistently compliments our adversaries and threatens our allies and friends. Unlike previous Presidents who had limited experience in foreign affairs, Mr. Trump has shown no interest in educating himself. He continues to display an alarming ignorance of basic facts of contemporary international politics. Despite his lack of knowledge, Mr. Trump claims that he understands foreign affairs and "knows more about ISIS than the generals do."

    Mr. Trump lacks the temperament to be President. In our experience, a President must be willing to listen to his advisers and department heads; must encourage consideration of conflicting views; and must acknowledge errors and learn from them. A President must be disciplined, control emotions, and act only after reflection and careful deliberation. A President must maintain cordial relationships with leaders of countries of different backgrounds and must have their respect and trust.

    In our judgment, Mr. Trump has none of these critical qualities. He is unable or unwilling to separate truth from falsehood. He does not encourage conflicting views. He lacks self-control and acts impetuously. He cannot tolerate personal criticism. He has alarmed our closest allies with his erratic behavior. All of these are dangerous qualities in an individual who aspires to be President and Commander- in-Chief, with command of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

    We understand that many Americans are profoundly frustrated with the federal government and its inability to solve pressing domestic and international problems. We also know that many have doubts about Hillary Clinton, as do many of us. But Donald Trump is not the answer to America’s daunting challenges and to this crucial election. We are convinced that in the Oval Office, he would be the most reckless President in American history.
     
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    Donald B. Ayer
    Former Deputy Attorney General

    John
    B.
    Bellinger
    III
    Former Legal Adviser to the Department of State; former Legal Adviser
    to the National Security Council
    , The White House

    Robert Blackwill
    Former Deputy National Security
    Advisor for Strategic Planning
    , The
    White House

    Michael Chertoff
    Former Secretary of Homeland Security
    ; former Assistant Attorney
    General for the Criminal Division, Department of Justice

    Eliot
    A.
    Cohen
    Former Counselor
    of
    the Department of State

    Eric Ed
    elman
    Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
    ; former National Security
    Advisor to the Vice President
    , The White House

    Gary Edson
    Former Deputy National Security Advisor
    , The White House
    Richard Falkenrath
    Former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor, Th
    e White House

    Peter Feaver
    Former
    Senior Director for Strategic Planning, National Security
    Council, The White House

    Richard Fontaine
    Former Associate Director for Near East Affairs, National Security
    Council, The White House

    Jendayi Frazer
    Former
    Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for
    African Affairs
    ; former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

    Aaron Friedberg
    Former Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President
    , The
    White House
    David Gordon
    Former Directo
    r of Policy Planning, Department of State

    Michael Green
    Former
    Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asia,
    National Security Council, The White House

    Brian Gunderson
    Former Chief of Staff
    , Department of
    State

    Paul Haenle
    Former Dire
    ctor for China and Taiwan, National Security Council, The
    White House

    Michael Hayden
    Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency; former Director, National
    Security Agency

    Carla A. Hills
    Former U.S. Trade Representative

    John Hillen
    Former Assistant
    Secretary of State for Politic
    al
    -
    Military Affairs

    William Inboden
    Former Senior Director for Strategic Planning, National Security
    Council, The White House

    Reuben Jeffery III
    Former Under Secretary of State for Economic Energy and Agricultural
    Affairs;
    former Special Assistant to the President for International
    Economic Affairs, National Security Council, The White House

    James Jeffrey
    Former Deputy National Security Advisor, The White House

    Ted Kassinger
    Former Deputy Secretary of Commerce

    David Krame
    r
    Former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy
    ,
    Human Rights
    , and
    Labor

    James Langdon
    Former Chairman, President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, The
    White House
    Peter Lichtenbaum
    Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administratio
    n

    Mary Beth Long
    Former
    Assistant Secretary of Defense for
    Intern
    ational Security Affairs

    Clay Lowery
    Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs;
    former Director for International Finance, National Security Council,
    The White Ho
    use

    Robert McCallum
    Former Associate Attorney General; former Ambassador to Australia

    Richard Miles
    Former Director for North America, National Security Council, The
    White House

    Andrew Natsios
    Former Administrator, U.S. Agency for International
    Development

    John Negroponte
    Former Director of National Intelligence; former Deputy Secretary of
    State
    ; former Deputy National Security Advisor

    Meghan O’Sullivan
    Former Deputy National Security Advisor
    for Iraq and Afghanistan
    Dan Price
    Former Deputy Na
    tional Security Advisor

    Tom Ridge
    Former
    Secretary of Homeland Security; former
    Assistant to the
    President for Homeland Security
    , The White House
    ; former Governor of
    Pennsylvania

    Nicholas Rostow
    Former Legal Adviser to the National Security Council, The
    White
    House

    Kori Schake
    Former Director for Defense Strategy, National Security Council, The
    White House

    Kristen Silverberg
    Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations
    StatementofFormerNationalSecurityOfficials.docx

    Stephen Slick
    Former Special Assistant to the President
    and S
    enior Director
    for
    Intelligence Programs, National Security Council, The White House
    Shirin R. Tahir
    -
    Kheli
    Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for
    Democracy, Human Rights and International Operations, National
    Security Council,
    The White House
    ; former Ambassador and Senior
    Advisor for Women’s Empowerment, Department of State
    William H. Taft IV
    Former Deputy Secretary of Defense; former Ambassador to NATO
    Larry
    D.
    Thompson
    Former Deputy Attorney General
    William Tobey
    Former
    Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security
    Administration
    , Department of Energy;
    former Director for Counter
    -
    Proliferation Strategy, National Security Council, The White House
    John Veroneau
    Former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
    Kenneth Wainstein
    F
    ormer Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and
    Counterterrorism, The White House; former Assistant Attorney General
    for National Security, Department of Justice
    Matthew Waxman
    Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
    ; former Director for
    C
    ontingency Planning and International Justice
    , National Security
    Council, The White House
    StatementofFormerNationalSecurityOfficials.docx
    Dov Zakheim
    Former Under Secretary of Defense
    Roger Zakheim
    Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
    Philip Zelikow
    Former Counselor
    of
    the Department of State
    Robert Zoellick
    Former U.S. Trade Representative; former Deputy Secretary of State
     
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    ...how do they feel about hillarys mishandling of confidential information that guy a u.s. spy killed?
     
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    None of them were former Secretary of States.

    They think that they're going to come out with their own 'vote of no confidence' letter later.




    Oh, and don't forget Susan Collins (R, ME) and her WaPo OpEd stating she won't support Trump.

    :dancin:
     
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    Bofa.
     
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    Maybe we need a non-beta male running things. Putin hasn't caused WW3 or destroyed Russia yet.
     
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    So you're saying that Democrats AND Republicans hate Trump?
    He's got my vote!
     
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    Is it true what they're saying about you, Daddy?

    :depressed:
     
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    Are you telling us establishment politicians are against Trump, wow talk about breaking news.
     
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    Would be more impressed if it was it wasn't the same Bushies that people like @Ving usually say are "war criminals who lied us into Iraq."
     
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    Here's the TLDR version:

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    Yeah, well... fuck those guys
     
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    I think Americans feel like we figured the world out after WW2 an we now have some secret formula for world peace. Seems short sighted. There will be more wars for thousands of years, you can't hide from it to make it go away. You can't just wear a little peace ribbon and have some moment of silence every time the Muslims kill 50 people. At some point you have to take them to task and take some kind of retaliatory action. It's not "nice" but that is the way of the world. I'm really disappointed as a former Obama voter about how weak we seem every time something happens. He gets more mad at Republicans than at the Muslims.


    I like the fact the Trump is a little fiesty and maybe a loose cannon. It makes us stronger, not weaker.
     
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    I don't like conservatives but I really hate liberals so I'm voting Trump out of spite
     
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    It's far more than the Bush criminals. Nice try though.
     
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    I think we all know what happened last time someone wanted a vote of no confidence....
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    The TLDR version: Fat fuck Trump who has the coveted support of Scott Baio and Sarah Palin is really a dangerous moron that nobody should vote for.


    :rofl:.
     
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