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Letter: Generals serving Trump put their legacies at risk

Generals serving Trump put their legacies at risk

President Trump’s security adviser, H.R. McMaster, wrote a book in 1997 critical of the decisions made about the Vietnam War at the highest level of government. In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson and Robert McNamara knew that this war could not be won but kept the truth from the American public.

The generals in Trump’s Cabinet went to the academies and lived by the code: duty, honor, country. Cadets and midshipmen who strayed from the truth were expelled. Now they serve a president who creates his own version of the truth on a daily basis.

In his book, “Dereliction of Duty,” McMaster quotes Thomas Jefferson: “He who permits himself to tell a lie often finds it much easier to do it a second and third time. … This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good intentions.” The generals deserve a better conclusion to their careers than serving a president who knows nothing about responsibility and leadership.

Richard Kelley

East Amherst

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