Op/Ed: What ‘Fear’ and the anonymous op-ed say about America

JD Lock, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Retired)

Published - Washington Post, 10 September 2018

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-fear-and-the-anonymous-op-ed-say-about-america/2018/09/09/9a952850-b2ce-11e8-8b53-50116768e499_story.html?utm_term=.49868ca617a3

Original Title: Not the Solution to Buyer’s Remorse

 

No matter one’s political leanings, all Americans should feel a sense of violation and extreme alarm regarding recent White House disclosures. While the exposés reported in Bob Woodward’s book “Fear” and the New York Times’s anonymous op-ed are in keeping with the Constitution’s high principles of freedom of the press, the actions of those reported on are in stark contrast to those very constitutional principles they claim to be defending. 

Strikingly, the headline on the anonymous op-ed proclaimed, “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” as though it were a badge of honor when it’s more the mark of Cain. Just who elected this man (or woman) president? While President Trump may be “amoral,” ill-tempered, erratic and narcissistic to an extreme, these non-redeeming characteristics are not criminal offenses. Rarely have I found myself in agreement with this administration, but I concur that terms such as “gutless” and “cowardly” apply, especially when contrasted with the open courage and personal sacrifices of the Founding Fathers.  

 

Mr. Trump has continually railed against a “deep state” shadow government seeking to bring him down. He may be right. However, the cabal appears to be from his own party, his own administration. President Abraham Lincoln asked, “At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up among us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher.”

 

Is this how it starts?