Tuesday, August 9, 2016

50 Top Republican National Security Experts Sign Letter Stating "None Of Us Will Vote For Donald Trump" (FULL LETTER)

Signifying yet more evidence that the Republican party is engaging in a full revolt from their parties nominee for president fifty of the nation’s most senior Republican national security officials have signed a letter declaring that they will not support Donald J. Trump in any way shape or form. 

The Republican security experts say in the statement that Donald Trump not only “lacks the character, values and experience” to be president but “would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.

The letter says Mr. Trump would weaken the United States’ moral authority and questions his knowledge of and belief in the Constitution. It says he has “demonstrated repeatedly that he has little understanding” of the nation’s “vital national interests, its complex diplomatic challenges, its indispensable alliances and the democratic values” on which American policy should be based. And it laments that “Mr. Trump has shown no interest in educating himself.

The letter states that “None of us will vote for Donald Trump,

The signatories then made it clear that some will vote for Mrs. Clinton, and some will not, "but all agree Trump is not qualified and would be dangerous.

Here is the letter in its entirety followed by the names of the officials that signed it...


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 educatinghimself. 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.


Here is a full list of the signatories...


Donald B. Ayer
Former Deputy Attorney General 
John B. Bellinger III
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 of the 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 of State 

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