Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Ambassadors protest ban that will hurt American's image rather than keep us safe

Donald Trump and his team are playing the "Keep America Safe" card for all it's worth -- actually, far more than it's worth.    Democrats condemn the ban as violating American values.  Even Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham express practical concern that it will do more harm than good to our national security by helping terrorist recruitment.

Scores of American diplomats stationed around the world have drafted a formal "dissent memo" objecting to Trump's ban.   A copy was obtained by ABC News.  It states, in part:  “It will immediately sour relations with these six countries, as well as much of the Muslim world, which sees the ban as religiously motivated.” 

A dissent memo is a mechanism, dating back to the Viet Nam War, which ensured that diplomats have a means of expressing disagreement with formal U. S. policy.  In this case, the draft writers go far beyond just disagreeing.   They write:

“This ban stands in opposition to the core American values that we, as federal employees, took an oath to uphold. . . .  The end result of this ban will not be a drop in terror attacks against the United States; it will be a drop in international goodwill towards Americans and a threat towards our economy.”


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