Monday, November 27, 2017
ShareBlue: Donald Trump's relentless attacks on the free press, and on the very of notions of truth and facts, are thoroughly antithetical to the principles of our democracy. And as one four-star general noted plainly and disturbingly, they call into question who we even are overall as a nation. Retired U.S. Air Force General Michael Hayden, who also served as director of the National Security Agency and later of the CIA, offered a stunning assessment of how Trump's lies and hostility to the first amendment make him view his life's work in service to the country if they now represent who we truly are. "If this is who we are or who we are becoming, I have wasted 40 years of my life. Until now it was not possible for me to conceive of an American president capable of such an outrageous assault on truth, a free press or the first amendment." Hayden has given over 40 years of his life in service to the nation, through multiple administrations both Republican and Democratic.
That a man who spent decades in the military, earning over two dozen awards and decorations, and served another decade in the intelligence community, fears all of his years of service could come to be for nought in the Trump era is nothing short of frightening. The press that Trump so snidely derides has proven itself to be far more crucial to the security of this country and its citizens than Trump ever has, or likely ever will. And military leaders and intelligence officials like Hayden have consistently pushed back on Trump's hollow patriotism.
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