A group of 50 national security officials who served on Republican presidents from Nixon on to Bush 2 have signed a letter saying Trump “would be the most wreckless president in American history.”
I’m not delving into the names here, but I’d like to know the answers to the following questions.
- How many of these officials supported leaving the South Vietnamese to their own devices in the last two years of the Vietnam conflict?
- How many of these officials thought it was a great idea to put hundreds of marines into a indefensible location in Beirut where they could easily be wiped out by a single truck bomb as happened in 1983?
- How many of these officials actually thought it was a great idea to get involved with the evacuation of the PLO in the first place?
- How many of them supported the arms for hostages swap with the Iranians under Reagan?
- How many of them convinced George Bush to support Saddam in the Iran-Iraq war?
- How many of them turned on Saddam after the invasion of Kuwait?
- How many of them thought it was a great idea to not remove him from power the first time and stop the advance into Iraq outside of Baghdad?
- How many of them supported the sanctions regimes and no-fly zones which Saddam used to great propaganda effect during the 1990s?
- How many were absolutely certain that Saddam was pursuing a viable nuclear program and had bomb-making material?
- How many of them supported the North Korea agreement brokered by Jimmy Carter in 1994 that froze the NK nuclear program?
- How many were surprised when North Korea detonated a nuclear device in 2006?
- How many supported the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001?
- How many supported thought taking out Saddam once and for all was a great idea in 2003?
- How many of them consider the Saudis our allies – and aren’t on their payroll?
You see, I’m no expert, but when I look at American Foreign Policy over the past 40 years, years during which I’ve been alive and sentient of such things, I don’t see much that any “national security official” should be proud of.
In fact it’s quite the opposite. It is clear that we are today in the worst possible worlds, one where rogue states like North Korea and Iran have or soon will have the Bomb, where indigenous strong men we took out (Khaddafi, Saddam) once kept a lid on religious zealots that are now slashing women to death in the streets of London and gunning down gays in Miami. In fact, if I was an American national security official, I might be so embarrassed to call myself such, especially since I likely contributed to the deaths of thousands of American soldiers in Iraq for what turns out was no purpose at all.
I supported the war and I feel duped. I feel like a patsy, but more importantly, I feel angry towards the very people who now have the audacity to crawl from their little hide-holes and spout their so-called “wisdom” once again.
If they want to sign a letter and print it in the Washington Post, they should print an apology to the families of those who died putting their ideas and strategies into place.