- - Monday, February 20, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As a former naval intelligence officer, I am concerned about the Trump administration’s adverse impact on our national security. It appears that Trump campaign aides, including former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, contacted Russian officials during the presidential election, and this might have compromised our democratic election process. Mr. Flynn was forced to resign because of his contact with the Russians.

The appointment of Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s right-wing-extremist political adviser, to the National Security Council could adversely impact military decisions and delay our responses to military threats. Why? Because Mr. Bannon does not have any knowledge of military affairs and he could intervene with the Council’s decision-making processes.

Mr. Trump continuously accuses our intelligence agencies of leaking classified information to the press, and he has berated them for the poor intelligence on Iraq’s military arsenal under Saddam Hussein.

We need our intelligence agencies to alert our military, the Trump administration and Congress on the status of adversarial governments and their military capabilities, deployments and threats. The security of our country could be in jeopardy due to the disruptive tactics and blame game used by the Trump administration against our intelligence agencies.

DONALD MOSKOWITZ

Londonderry, N.H.


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