America’s growing existential threat
The President ridicules and ignores our intelligence officials at our peril
President Donald Trump’s recent public ridicule of the reports before the Congress by our nation’s three major intelligence agencies is unparalleled in our nation’s modern history… and utterly anguished our intelligence community writ large. Our intelligence leaders outlined that we face an unprecedented potential adversary — the developing China-Russia axis. With a combined population of five to six times that of America, it has formidable industrial and military capabilities.
We only have to look back at World War II where America more than matched the combined population and industrial capabilities of Japan and Germany together. Over five years we produced many thousands of B-24, B-26 and B-29 bombers that utterly destroyed our adversaries’ cities, and thousands of naval vessels that wiped their navies and commercial fleets from the seas.
Democrats are focusing on social issues for 2020. They’d be far better focused on securing new leadership to protect America from our growing existential threats so well recognized by our intelligence and military communities. The potential threats from the Russia-China axis dwarf any threats we’ve faced since 1776. We need leadership that fully recognizes the severity of those threats — not one that cavalierly dismisses them.
And we ought remember President Roosevelt ignored Naval Intelligence reports that Japan’s Pacific Fleet was heading for the South Pacific. Had the President heeded those warnings and ordered our fleet at Pearl Harbor put to sea, history would have been dramatically altered. Pearl Harbor ought forever remind us that clear headed leadership in the Oval Office ought never be an “option” for our beloved nation.
If our nation’s intelligence community is anguished, ought we not follow same ?
Peter I Berman lives in Norwalk.
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