A Cynic’s Guide to John Brennan and William McRaven

Photograph Source White House/David Lienemann | CC BY 2.0

John Brennan is a thorn digging deep into President Donald Trump’s hide.  Even before Trump’s inauguration, the former CIA director accused Trump of colluding with Russia to swing the 2016 presidential election.  Brennan called Trump’s performance with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in July “treasonous.”  So it was no surprise when President Trump yanked Brennan’s security clearance on August 15.

President Trump has virtually admitted that this was a political move.  In an undated statement [1] read by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the president assailed Brennan for “a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations—wild outbursts on the internet and television—about this Administration.” Trump said that allowing access to “our Nation’s most sensitive secrets” is “particularly inappropriate when former officials have transitioned into highly partisan positions and seek to use real or perceived access to sensitive information to validate their political attacks.”

Losing his security clearance may not be the best thing that ever happened to the former CIA director, but it has won Brennan a lot of new friends among progressives.  Then, on August 16, retired US Navy Admiral William H. McRaven published an open letter to President Trump in the Washington Post.  McRaven asked President Trump to revoke McRaven’s own security clearance, “so that…

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