Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Beyond Repair

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates served both Republican and Democratic presidents.  He ran the CIA under President George H.W. Bush and served as defense secretary under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. 
Gates has criticized Trump’s ability to lead the United States, and said that the Republican nominee was “beyond repair” when it came to national security.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Gates wrote: “At least on national security, I believe Mr. Trump is beyond repair.  He is stubbornly uninformed about the world and how to lead our country and government, and temperamentally unsuited to lead our men and women in uniform.  He is unqualified and unfit to be commander-in-chief.”
Gates explained that Trump was clueless when it came to the American military and foreign policy, because Trump had praised Russian President Vladimir Putin repeatedly, threatened to not defend NATO countries, said he’d “bomb the shit” out of ISIS and seemed unfamiliar with Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
Gates concluded: “Mr. Trump is also willfully ignorant about the rest of the world, about our military and its capabilities, and about government itself.  He disdains expertise and experience while touting his own such as his claim that he knows more about ISIS than America’s generals.  He has no clue about the difference between negotiating a business deal and negotiating with sovereign nations.”
“The world we confront is too perilous and too complex to have as president a man who believes he, and he alone, has all the answers and has no need to listen to anyone.  In domestic affairs, there are many checks on what a president can do; in national security there are few constraints.
“A thin-skinned, temperamental, shoot-from-the-hip and lip, uninformed commander-in-chief is too great a risk for America.”


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