Republicans Against Putin

What 74 Former Republican National Security Officials Want You To Know After Serving Reagan to Trump

We are former national security officials who served during the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and/or Donald Trump, or as Republican Members of Congress.

The letter came from a collective of websites that have banded together under a shared cause.

Seventy-four former national security officials drafted a letter that Americans need to read. Their words need no explanation or commentary, so rather than saying what I think about what they have to say, I will let them speak.

We are former national security officials who served during the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and/or Donald Trump, or as Republican Members of Congress.

We are profoundly concerned about the course of our nation under the leadership of Donald Trump. Through his actions and his rhetoric, Trump has demonstrated that he lacks the character and competence to lead this nation and has engaged in corrupt behavior that renders him unfit to serve as President.

For the following reasons, we have concluded that Donald Trump has failed our country and that Vice President Joe Biden should be elected the next President of the United States.

​Donald Trump has gravely damaged America’s role as a world leader. Trump has disgraced America’s global reputation and undermined our nation’s moral and diplomatic influence. He has called NATO “obsolete,” branded Europe a “foe,” mocked the leaders of America’s closest friends, and threatened to terminate longstanding US alliances. Other global leaders, friends and foes alike, view him as unreliable, unstable, and unworthy of respect.

​Donald Trump has shown that he is unfit to lead during a national crisis. Instead of rallying the American people and the world to confront the coronavirus, Trump has spent the past half-year spreading misinformation, undermining public health experts, attacking state and local officials, and wallowing in self-pity.

He has demonstrated far greater concern about the fate of his reelection than the health of the American people.

Donald Trump has solicited foreign influence and undermined confidence in our presidential elections. Trump publicly asked Russian president Vladimir Putin to assist his 2016 campaign, called on Chinese president Xi Jinping to “start an investigation” into his current political opponent, and pressured the president of Ukraine to act against his opponent. Citing exaggerated claims of voter fraud, he has challenged the integrity of this year’s election, even suggesting that it be postponed.

Donald Trump has aligned himself with dictators and failed to stand up for American values. Trump has regularly praised the actions of dictators and human rights abusers. He proclaimed his “love” and “great respect” for North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un, endorsed “brilliant leader” Xi Jinping’s move to serve as China’s president for life, repeatedly sided with Vladimir Putin against our own intelligence community, and pronounced himself a “big fan” of Turkish president Recep Erdogan despite his crackdown on democracy.

Donald Trump has disparaged our armed forces, intelligence agencies, and diplomats. Trump has attacked Gold Star families, scoffed at American prisoners of war, interfered in the military justice system, and embroiled our military in domestic politics. He has ridiculed US intelligence agencies and falsely branded our nation’s diplomats as the “deep state.”

Donald Trump has undermined the rule of law. Trump has compromised the independence of the Department of Justice, repeatedly attacked federal judges, and punished government officials who have sought to uphold the law.

To protect himself from accountability, he has fired officials who launched investigations or testified against him, threatened whistleblowers, dangled pardons as incentives to stay silent, and blocked prison time for a political crony convicted of lying on his behalf.

He has impugned journalists investigating his misconduct and has repeatedly denounced the press as the “enemy of the people.”

Donald Trump has dishonored the office of the presidency. Trump engages in childish name-calling, mocks the disabled, belittles women, persistently lies, peddles baseless conspiracy theories, and continually embarrasses Americans in the eyes of the world.

Donald Trump has divided our nation and preached a dark and pessimistic view of America. Trump consistently seeks to incite political, racial, and ethnic divisions, weakening our nation and delighting our adversaries. In contrast to Reagan’s vision of America as a “shining city on a hill,” Trump speaks of “American carnage,” pits Americans against each other, and stokes fears that “angry mobs” and “anarchists” are destroying our country.

Donald Trump has attacked and vilified immigrants to our country. Trump routinely denigrates immigrants and inflames prejudices as he seeks support for his reelection. Despite America’s legacy as a nation of immigrants, he has demonized Americans who come from other countries, even telling members of Congress whose families immigrated to the United States to “go back” to the “crime-infested places” from which they came.

Donald Trump has imperiled America’s security by mismanaging his national security team. Trump has dismissed or replaced — often by tweet — the secretaries of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, the Attorney General, the Directors of National Intelligence and the FBI, three National Security Advisors, and other senior officials in critical national security positions, many because they refused to cover for his misdeeds or demonstrate sufficient personal loyalty.

While we — like all Americans — had hoped that Donald Trump would govern wisely, he has disappointed millions of voters who put their faith in him and has demonstrated that he is dangerously unfit to serve another term.

In contrast, we believe Joe Biden has the character, experience, and temperament to lead this nation. We believe he will restore the dignity of the presidency, bring Americans together, reassert America’s role as a global leader, and inspire our nation to live up to its ideals.

While some of us hold policy positions that differ from those of Joe Biden and his party, the time to debate those policy differences will come later. For now, it is imperative that we stop Trump’s assault on our nation’s values and institutions and reinstate the moral foundations of our democracy.

To that end, we are firmly convinced that it is in the best interest of our nation that Vice President Joe Biden be elected as the next President of the United States, and we will vote for him.”

  1. Adm. Steve Abbot
    Fmr Dep Homeland Security Advisor
  2. Mary Catherine Andrews
    Fmr Special Asst to the President
  3. Richard Armitage
    Fmr Deputy Secretary of State
  4. Christopher Barton
    Fmr Director, NSC Staff
  5. John Bellinger
    Fmr Legal Adviser, Dept of State
  6. Adm. Kenneth Bernard
    Fmr Special Asst to the President
  7. Amb. Robert Blackwill
    Fmr Deputy National Security Advisor
  8. Linton Brooks
    Fmr Under Secretary of Energy
  9. Kara Bue
    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of State
  10. Amb. Richard Burt
    Fmr US Ambassador to Germany
  11. Victor Cha
    Fmr Director, NSC Staff
  12. Thomas Christensen
    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of State
  13. Eliot Cohen
    Fmr Counselor of the Dept of State
  14. Joseph Collins
    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of Defense
  15. Heather Conley
    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of State
  16. Chester Crocker
    Fmr Asst Secretary of State
  17. Patrick Cronin
    Fmr Asst Administrator, USAID
  18. Amb. Sada Cumber
    Fmr US Special Envoy to the OIC​
  19. Mike Donley
    Fmr Secretary of the Air Force
  20. Raymond DuBois
    Fmr Acting Under Secretary of the Army
  21. Amb. Eric Edelman
    Fmr Under Secretary of Defense
  22. Gary Edson
    Fmr Deputy National Security Advisor
  23. Richard Falkenrath
    Fmr Dep Asst to the President
  24. Aaron Friedberg
    Fmr Dep Asst to the Vice President
  25. Janice Gardner
    Fmr Asst Secretary of the Treasury
  26. Amb. James Glassman
    Fmr Under Secretary of State
  27. David Gordon
    Fmr Director, State Dept, Policy Planning
  28. Colleen Graffy
    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of State
  29. Michael Green
    Fmr Senior Director, NSC Staff
  30. Sen. Chuck Hagel
    Fmr Secretary of Defense and US Senator
  31. Gen. Michael Hayden
    Fmr Director of the CIA and the NSA
  32. Amb. Carla Hills
    Fmr US Trade Representative
  33. Ash Jain
    Fmr Member, State Dept Policy Planning
  34. James Kelly
    Fmr Asst Secretary of State
  35. Rep. Jim Kolbe
    Fmr Member of Congress
  36. David Kramer
    Fmr Asst Secretary of State
  37. Stephen Krasner
    Fmr Director, State Dept Policy Planning
  38. Ken Krieg
    Fmr Under Secretary of Defense
  39. Amb. Frank Lavin
    Fmr Under Secretary of Commerce
  40. Rep. Jim Leach
    Fmr Member of Congress
  41. Bruce Lemkin
    Fmr Dep Under Secretary of the Air Force
  42. Michael Leiter
    Fmr Director, National Counterterrorism Ctr
  43. Peter Lichtenbaum
    Fmr Asst Secretary of Commerce
  44. James Loy
    Fmr Dep Secretary of Homeland Security
  45. Peter Madigan
    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary State
  46. Bryan McGrath
    Former US Navy Officer
  47. David Merkel
    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of State
  48. John Mitnick
    Fmr General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security
  49. Holly Morrow
    Fmr Director, NSC Staff
  50. Amb. John Negroponte
    Fmr Director of National Intelligence, and Fmr Deputy Secretary of State
  51. Elizabeth Neumann
    Fmr Asst Secretary of Homeland Security
  52. Sean O’Keefe
    Fmr Secretary of the Navy and NASA Administrator
  53. Daniel Price
    Fmr Dep National Security Advisor
  54. Paul Rosenzweig
    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of Homeland Security
  55. Nicholas Rostow
    Fmr NSC Legal Adviser
  56. Kori Schake
    Fmr Prin Dep Director, State Dept Policy Planning
  57. Wayne Schroeder
    Fmr Dep Under Secretary of Defense
  58. Robert Shanks
    Fmr Dep Asst Attorney General
  59. Rep. Christopher Shays
    Fmr Member of Congress
  60. John Simon
    Fmr Senior Director, NSC Staff
  61. Stephen Slick
    Fmr Senior Director, NSC Staff
  62. Amb. William Taft
    Fmr Deputy Secretary of Defense
  63. Shirin Tahir-Kheli
    Fmr Special Asst to the President
  64. Miles Taylor
    Fmr Chief of Staff, Dept of Homeland Security
  65. William Tobey
    Fmr Dep Administrator, Nat Nuclear Security Admin
  66. Amb. Robert Tuttle
    Fmr US Ambassador to the United Kingdom
  67. John Veroneau
    Fmr Dep US Trade Representative
  68. Michael Vickers
    Fmr Under Secretary of Defense
  69. Ken Wainstein
    Fmr Homeland Security Advisor
  70. Sen. John Warner
    Fmr US Senator
  71. Matthew Waxman
    Fmr Prin Dep Director, State Dept Policy Planning
  72. William Webster
    Fmr Director of the CIA and FBI
  73. Dov Zakheim
    Fmr Under Secretary of Defense
  74. Philip Zelikow
    Fmr Counselor of the Dept of State

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