Republican national security leaders wrote an open letter declaring their opposition to a GOP presidency due to the serious threat he poses to our nation. First published on a website entitled “War on the Rocks: The Politics of National Security” and then reprinted on Business Insider, the signers of the open letter are some heavy hitters, indeed.
For example, Ken Adelman has served several Republican administrations and was a member of the Defense Policy Board under President George W. Bush. Daniel A. Blumenthal has served the US government advising on relations with China and served as “commissioner on the congressionally-mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission” from 2006 to 2012. Anna Borshchevskaya specializes in Middle Eastern, Eastern European, and Russian policies and served as the Communications Director for the American-Islamic Conference.
In short, these are not random internet bloggers angry with Trump. These are the people who advise our government on keeping our country safe.
The group composed the open letter to warn of Trump’s threat to the country. They begin by saying that there are not many issues that the entire group has been able to agree upon unanimously, but the dangers our country faces under a Trump presidency is one of them.
Some of the specific issues the open letter calls out are as follows:
‘His vision of American influence and power in the world is wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle. He swings from isolationism to military adventurism within the space of one sentence.’
‘His advocacy for aggressively waging trade wars is a recipe for economic disaster in a globally connected world.’
‘His embrace of the expansive use of torture is inexcusable.’
‘His hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric undercuts the seriousness of combating Islamic radicalism by alienating partners in the Islamic world making significant contributions to the effort. Furthermore, it endangers the safety and Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of American Muslims.’
‘Controlling our border and preventing illegal immigration is a serious issue, but his insistence that Mexico will fund a wall on the southern border inflames unhelpful passions, and rests on an utter misreading of, and contempt for, our southern neighbor.’
‘His admiration for foreign dictators such as Vladimir Putin is unacceptable for the leader of the world’s greatest democracy.’
‘He is fundamentally dishonest. Evidence of this includes his attempts to deny positions he has unquestionably taken in the past, including on the 2003 Iraq war and the 2011 Libyan conflict. We accept that views evolve over time, but this is simply misrepresentation.’
‘His equation of business acumen with foreign policy experience is false. Not all lethal conflicts can be resolved as a real estate deal might, and there is no recourse to bankruptcy court in international affairs.’
The open letter concludes by saying that a Trump presidency would make America less safe and reduce our standing with the rest of the world.