Retired four-star admiral William H. McRaven disgraces himself by writing a New York Times op-ed that attempts to discredit and undermine President Trump by means of bombastic rhetoric and borderline-hysterical appeals to emotion:
As I stood on the parade field at Fort Bragg, one retired four-star general, grabbed my arm, shook me and shouted, “I don’t like the Democrats, but Trump is destroying the Republic!”
But, if we don’t care about our values, if we don’t care about duty and honor, if we don’t help the weak and stand up against oppression and injustice — what will happen to the Kurds, the Iraqis, the Afghans, the Syrians, the Rohingyas, the South Sudanese and the millions of people under the boot of tyranny or left abandoned by their failing states?
What will happen to the Rohingyas? Seriously? I have news for McRavin’ and the rest of the dangerously clueless, out-of-touch national security establishment: Americans don’t give a flying f*ck about the Rohingyas, or most of the other allegedly oppressed groups in his laundry list.
After some more fact-free pontification about Muh Values, McRavin’ concludes with this disturbing utterance:
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.
Put aside the stunning incoherence of the argument: that somehow the fate of our Republic depends on how we treat the Kurds. What exactly is retired admiral McRavin’ suggesting here? “The sooner the better.” Note that he doesn’t say “Trump should be voted out of office” or “Trump should be impeached.” The ambiguity, one assumes, is deliberate.
We need to make sure these authoritarian clowns never touch the levers of power again.