Admiral McRaven: “Our Republic is Under Attack from The President”

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Admiral McRaven, a retired Navy SEAL Admiral, former Commander of US Special Operations Command, and former Chancellor of the University of Texas has penned an OpEd in the New York Times that is worth a read.    McRaven also oversaw the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

The Admiral draws two ceremonies he recently attended- a change of command for a General and a celebration of the O.S.S. Society- to compare the celebration of service and sacrifice for country with the prevailing sense of foreboding at what Donald Trump and his administration are doing to our country.

He writes:

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.

He cites examples of military leaders confiding to him that the current “leadership” of our government is all too willing to sell out the ideals that make this country strong.   He cites generals who are staunch Republicans recognizing that Trump is selling out our ideals.   And why is Trump selling out our ideals?   Because he doesn’t understand them.

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.

He goes on to talk about honor, duty, commitment to allies, standing by our obligations and states that none of these things are important to Trump.   And he closes as follows:

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.

This is a huge OpEd.  Adm. McRaven is well-respected throughout the military and has been apolitical in the past.  For him to pen these words is a huge public admission that cracks in our Republic are not sitting well within the military and a big signal to those in government to stand behind our values and stand up for our Republic, and remove those who don’t share our national ethos.

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Rose
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Rose

Trump is doing Putin’s bidding.

William Stefens
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William Stefens

Admiral McRaven is man of true character, honor, and integrity who’s selfless service to our country is beyond reproach. Thus this very concerning oped 8s one to be taken with all the gravity and seriousness of which it was written. His oped needs to be sent to all in congress to read, review and discuss as he speaks of our country truly being attacked from within by an ignorant, unfit, and incompetent president.

Rutokin
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Rutokin

The Cheeto in chief says he knows more than any General in our armed forces, the general in tv commercial knows more than he does,it’s pretty sad that our military leadership is loosing confidence in the man child that commands them, General ,thank you your years of dedication and service

Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

It’s a shame that this man of honor, decency and truth, Admiral McRaven’s, words are falling on deaf ears. This misfit in the White House is a total disgrace and the GOP are one in the same. Every morning that I wake up, and Trump is still here, I feel that we are still under terrorist attack. This damn traitor don’t deserve to be impeached. He’s a traitor and we all know how traitors should be handled.

Markm Mitchell
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Markm Mitchell

What in the Hell is it going to take, Washington?

Neverevertrumper
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Neverevertrumper

Omg Talk to Mattis and demand he step UP to defend our country NOW…you people in the military sit/stand beside trumper with your heads hanging down-STOP FOLLOWING YOUR BULLSHIT PROTOCOL-trumper isn’t!! and American NEEDS you NOW, just tell the truth is all that we need from you…it’s not like we ask you to outright lie etc like trumper is-TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT TRUMPER IS DOING and what it impacts my God Help is needed now

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

..One things sure , McRaven, is no raven ,
he’s more of what we’d expect our military to be
A great” EAGLE”.
..,Who tells as he sees it . He has
no fear of TRUMP . He’s faced real enemies
many times .
..Trump is a (fake strong man ),
.,who’s very weak .
…The Republicans fear a (shadow of a man)
who has never faced-combat .
The sound of SILENCE
from them is very loud.