The U.S. Navy Adm. William McRaven who oversaw the capture of terrorist Osama Bin Laden says the United States is "under attack from the president."
In an opinion piece for The New York Times titled, "Our Republic is Under Attack From the President," McRaven recounted a military ceremony he recently attended at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
"For everyone who ever served in uniform, or in the intelligence community, for those diplomats who voice the nation's principles, for the first responders, for the tellers of truth, and the millions of American citizens who were raised believing in American values — you would have seen your reflection in the faces of those we honored last week," McRaven wrote.
But "beneath the outward sense of hope and duty," McRaven wrote "there was an underlying current of frustration, humiliation, anger, and fear."
McRaven, a professor at University of Texas' LBJ School of Public Affairs, also appeared on CNN on Thursday afternoon to criticize Trump's recent decision to withdraw troops in Syria, effectively clearing the way for a Turkish military operation against the Kurds, and his criticism of journalists as "enemy of the American people."
"If our promises are meaningless, how will our allies ever trust us? If we can't have faith in our nation's principles, why would the men and women of this nation join the military," McRaven said in his column. "And if they don't join, who will protect us? If we are not the champions of the good and the right, then who will follow us? And if no one follows us — where will the world end up?"
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