Can’t say I’m looking forward to the debate over whether Admiral McRaven is a globalist traitor.
But I’m sure it’s coming whether I’m looking forward to it or not.
He’s a SEAL who once served on Team Six and later commanded it for the Bin Laden raid so go figure that he’d hit hard:
Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.
Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency…
Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.
If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken. The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be.
If he feels that strongly, why doesn’t he just forfeit his clearance? Clearly he’s trying to jump-start a movement among natsec pros in Brennan’s defense, a little collective action to deter POTUS from punishing any other critics. That might do it.
The problem with forfeiting his clearance, I guess, is that it would be a gesture aimed at shaming Trump and … he just can’t be shamed. It’s the same reason why no members of the administration have resigned in protest over anything he’s said or done, up to and including regular whipping boys like Jeff Sessions. He wouldn’t be embarrassed if they quit, he’d be glad to have the opportunity to rotate new people in. If you want to make him squirm a little, you do what McRaven did here: Dare him to take action himself. If he does it, then you can claim martyrdom. If he doesn’t do it, he looks like a wimp.
I figure the odds of POTUS actually revoking McRaven’s clearance are around 20 percent, with a 90 percent chance of him tweeting that a real soldier would have caught Bin Laden 10 years sooner. Predict the insulting nickname he’ll give him: (a) Wacky Bill M; (b) Ravin’ McRaven; (c) Barking SEAL; (d) Admiral Cuck.
What’ll be really exciting is when he revokes Obama’s and Hillary’s security clearances the day before the midterms. Big turnout motivator. Here’s an address by McRaven that went viral a few years ago, just to give you a sense of his approach to life. He’ll make a stellar choice for defense secretary by President Avenatti.