STATEMENT BY FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS

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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.

    Donald B. Ayer
    Former Deputy Attorney General

    John B. BellingerIII
    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 ofthe Department of State

    Eric Edelman
    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, The 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 Director 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 Director 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 Political-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 Kramer
    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 Administration

    Mary Beth Long
    Former
    Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

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

    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 National 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

    Stephen Slick
    Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior 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
    Former 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 Contingency Planning and International Justice, National Security Council, The White House

    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

    https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3007589/Nationalsecurityletter.pdf
     
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    Good lord what a damning condemnation, of course it will not matter to those who have not already jumped off the crazy train. I am coming to realize that Trump supporters just want to watch the world burn.
     
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    The Establishment...the cocksuckers Trump is running against.

    The Cream of the Career Federal Government Tit Suckers.

    Of course they are for Hillary Clinton, for the same reason Saudi Arabia, and Wall Street, and every shit-head in Washington is for Hillary Clinton. Thing are going their way....why mess with it, and who gives a shit about any American Citizen who doesn't live in New York of Washington?

    Not these cocksuckers.
     
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    That's right. They know nothing about foreign policy, counter terrorism, or anything important like that. :lmao:
     
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    Bunch of goddam has beens. If they were worth a shit they would still be working for the gubmint. Besides they're all goddam RINOs and we don't need 'em.
     
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    Your bubble is cracking.
     
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    Oh, they know about it. Just look how fucked up it is.
     
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    & "Trump alone can fix it".

    LOL.
     
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    Do not start threads with titles in ALL CAPS.

    Thread Closed.
     
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    Nope. He has already surrounded himself with competent people, and together they will.

    John Bolton at State. What a pleasure.
     
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