Monday, January 16, 2017

"‘Never Trump’ national-security Republicans fear they have been blacklisted"

They are some of the biggest names in the Republican national security firmament, veterans of past GOP administrations who say, if called upon by President-elect Donald Trump, they stand ready to serve their country again.

But their phones aren’t ringing. Their entreaties to Trump Tower in New York have mostly gone unanswered. In Trump world, these establishment all-stars say they are “PNG” — personae non gratae.

Their transgression was signing one or both of two public “Never Trump” letters during the campaign, declaring they would not vote for Trump and calling his candidacy a danger to the nation.

One letter, with 122 names, was published by War on the Rocks, a website devoted to national security commentary, during the primary season in March. The other, with 50 names, including some repeat signatories, was published by the New York Times during the general-election campaign in August.

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19 comments:

edutcher said...

And here I thought they wouldn't touch The Donald with a 10 foot writ.

chickelit said...

Most of those people are monarchists, e.g., Bush courtiers. What did they expect? A notable exception is Dick Cheney.

Rabel said...

How sad for them. Let's all sing.

Lem said...

Everybody laughed when Trump said he gets a lot of information from watching the shows.

Most republicans actually believed what most of the shows said about the election.

ndspinelli said...

At some point people will realize the elitists lost and elitists are from both parties. Guys like that pompous, smug, asshole Richard Clarke will now be mall cops for a living.

chickelit said...

Republicans had their internal coup. Democrats should have learned something. But as far as I can tell, they'd nominate Hillary again tomorrow if there were another election.

Lem said...

yea. I mean Lewis going back to the tired worn out cast out racial playbook is a tell tale sign.

AllenS said...

Best thing about Trump, is that he has a lot of Republican elite enemies, and those enemies do not have the common American voter in their plans.

AprilApple said...

Republicans had their internal coup. Democrats should have learned something. But as far as I can tell, they'd nominate Hillary again tomorrow if there were another election.

Indeed. The mob dies hard.

ndspinelli said...

This may be hard to wrap your head around, but in recent history, the last Prez to come in anti-establishment and w/o the support of elites in his own party was Carter.

chickelit said...

Carter was undone a pragmatic Reagan. Are you saying that Trump will bumble, Nick, and be undone by a pragmatic Dem?

10 to 1 it wouldn't be by anyone on the Dem radar today.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Their transgression was signing one or both of two public “Never Trump” letters during the campaign, declaring they would not vote for Trump and calling his candidacy a danger to the nation

People this clueless have no place in government, much less dealing with anything important like national security. Did they learn NOTHING in Junior High? Have they never worked in a corporate office? What a bunch of clueless maroons.

Run around bad mouthing, dissing, insulting, publicly denigrating someone, not let him sit at your lunch table, throw spitballs at him and THEN when it turns out that person is really one of the cool kids, in with the in crowd, large and in charge...... you NOW expect to become BFFs? Buzz off marginalized person....you did it to yourself.

Kick the new kid in the office in the teeth daily and give him the sh*t jobs while you laugh at his hard work....then when he climbs the corporate ladder and becomes your boss, you are astounded that he remembers what a dick you have been?

Clueless and makes the rest of us full of schadenfreude :-)

ndspinelli said...

Please don't get your undies in a bunch. I am merely stating a historical FACT. I voted for Trump. I want Trump to succeed. But, "Those who don't understand history are doomed to repeat it." The Dem bench is incredibly weak. But, I want Trump to succeed not just because there is no good opposition, but because he does good stuff. From your comment, you may not care?

Leland said...

These are people that prior to any decision being made decided to announce certain things were off the table in negotiations, specifically that they wouldn't even want a Trump administration ever, much less be a part of it. Beside their own announced intent, what observable qualifications do they bring to suggest competence in intelligence or national security?

I agree with Ace yesterday. It's one thing that our Intelligence and Security folks are actively working against the incoming Administration. Essentially this is what they do in foreign governments, so why should we expect them to be constrained and not interfere domestically? But they are expected to be covert, and at that; these people make the pompous Valerie Plame and her flamboyant husband look downright discrete. That's incompetence, and we Americans deserve better. Pass these idiots over and find better replacements.

ampersand said...

I remember at least two things that Carter did right. Deregulation,especially the airlines and Corruption investigations. Abscam happened under Carter. One senator and six congressscum sent to the slammer. Also they put the screws to crooked Cook County judges with operation Greylord. Trump needs fire up the FBI again.

ndspinelli said...

ampersand, If EVER there was a community that needed house cleaning it is the intelligence community. They have always been political but under Obama, hyper political. Those who didn't suck Obama's dick were shitcanned. Flynn will exact revenge, hopefully he doesn't go overboard. That smug, lying sack o' shit, shanty Irishman, Brennan should be deported to County Cork!

Methadras said...

Lem said...

yea. I mean Lewis going back to the tired worn out cast out racial playbook is a tell tale sign.


Well, someone needs to rip that tired and worn out playbook out of that mongoloids hands and burn it for the bullshit that it is. Oh wait.

Trooper York said...

As a matter of fact Nick is right. Carter was also submarined by the intelligence community. Mainly because of the fallout of the Church Committee that revealed a bunch of dirty secrets.
Trump needs to revisit that and publish a bunch of the dirty laundry to discredit the permanent duopoly. Show their dirty tricks in the light of the sun.

Carter was a true outsider just like Trump. So Trump has to be careful to not be co-opted by the Rhinos or the true blue conservatives. He has to stay true to his populist vision which is why millions of deplorables like me voted for him.

Leland said...

Since it seems to be a good day to something good about Carter; I think he got a bad rap on the B-1 bomber. Reagan was smart to use it against him, but Carter was right to cancel the program.

The fact is, Carter was aware of the F-117 and its development. The purpose of the B-1 was to penetrate air defense via speed. The F-117 did a better job with penetration using stealth. The B-1 can carry more bombs; but the F-117 could do the mission with fewer aircraft and personnel.

Alas, Carter had a choice of announcing the US advantage in stealth to bolster his political position or remaining silent to protect a critical US secret. Reagan took advantage of it, although at the time; he likely didn't know of the F-117. Later, Reagan released information on the existence of the F-117 and B-2 bombers; though nobody would learn of their capability for a few more years.