In 2011, a team of Navy SEALs raided a building in Pakistan, ultimately killing America’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden. The commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command during this operation was Navy admiral William H. McRaven.
McRaven is seen as a hero by those on both sides of the political aisle. He is respected by just about everyone who has served in the U.S. Military as well as those in both the Senate and House of Representatives. He has earned dozens of military awards and decorations in his 37+ years of service.
Today, in an letter published by the Washington Post, addressed to President Donald Trump, McRaven defends Former CIA director John Brennan, scathingly attacks President Trump, calling him an “embarrassment” and honorably requests that the president take away his own security clearance, “so that [he] can add [his] name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against [Trump’s presidency].”
Excerpts from the letter, can be seen below (the entire letter can be found on the Washington Post website):
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……
McRaven then continued:
A good leader tries to embody the best qualities of his or her organization. A good leader sets the example for others to follow. A good leader always puts the welfare of others before himself or herself.
Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities. 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…….