Several prominent Republican members involved in National Security Agency affairs have composed and signed a letter denouncing Donald Trump’s presidential bid.
These are not just bloggers or talking heads that we’re talking about either.
Bipartisan Report listed several of them, including Ken Adelman served several Republican administrations and as a member of the Defense Policy Board under the second President Bush. Daniel A. Blumenthal served the US government advising on relations with China and as “commissioner on the congressionally-mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission” from 2006 to 2012. Anna Borshchevskaya specializes in Middle Eastern, Eastern European, and Russian policies and also served as Communications Director for the American-Islamic Conference.
Here is the bullet point version of their concerns, as laid out in their letter:
‘His vision of American influence and power in the world is wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle. He swings from isolationism to military adventurism within the space of one sentence.’
‘His advocacy for aggressively waging trade wars is a recipe for economic disaster in a globally connected world.’
‘His embrace of the expansive use of torture is inexcusable.’
‘His hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric undercuts the seriousness of combating Islamic radicalism by alienating partners in the Islamic world making significant contributions to the effort. Furthermore, it endangers the safety and Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of American Muslims.’
‘Controlling our border and preventing illegal immigration is a serious issue, but his insistence that Mexico will fund a wall on the southern border inflames unhelpful passions, and rests on an utter misreading of, and contempt for, our southern neighbor.’
‘His admiration for foreign dictators such as Vladimir Putin is unacceptable for the leader of the world’s greatest democracy.’
‘He is fundamentally dishonest. Evidence of this includes his attempts to deny positions he has unquestionably taken in the past, including on the 2003 Iraq war and the 2011 Libyan conflict. We accept that views evolve over time, but this is simply misrepresentation.’
‘His equation of business acumen with foreign policy experience is false. Not all lethal conflicts can be resolved as a real estate deal might, and there is no recourse to bankruptcy court in international affairs.’
At the end of the letter, they plainly state that a Donald Trump presidency would make the United States far more unsafe as well as reduce our stature in the eyes of the rest of the world.
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