Dangerous to the Nation
The Axe Is Upon The Roots
The most dangerous American security issue is not what you think. There are foreign “enemies” (North Korea’s nuclear program comes to mind) and domestic “enemies” (White supremacist are apparent), but the axe that falls on the roots of a republic is often wielded by those closest to the roots.
When you consider the challenges of your life, isn’t it true that before any problem can be solved, you must acknowledge there is a problem? My father died because he would not acknowledge and face a medical problem. The greatest anguish I felt as a minister was when I could not help those who would not acknowledge or assume responsibility for their challenges.
Two Grave Problems
There are two grave problems in the White House. The first is the attitude of the president who will not acknowledge Russian threats to our democratic processes in the past presidential election, the ongoing threats that pound us nearly every day and the anticipated actions of cyber attacks in the future. A president with self-imposed blinders is the gravest of threat to the nation. He staggers because he cannot see; he does not want to see: and therefore he dampens and slows the response of our agencies and institutions and their dedicated workers who took an oath to protect the country. He refuses to impose sanctions on Russia passed overwhelmingly by the Congress.
Oddly, the second gravest problem is likewise in the White House—unsecured workers handling the most sensitive documents and information collected by our nation. It is beyond belief that a retired Marine general serving as the president’s chief of staff would allow people unable to obtain the appropriate security clearance to handle such documents and information.
When I was in the Navy my clearance was one step above Top Secret. And when I first joined my fleet squadron, I was responsible for the confidential, secret and top secret, etc. papers transmitted to the squadron. I know how important the information can be. Whenever a sensitive communication came in, I took it to my Commanding Officer, and when he was done reading it, I locked it in a secure location.
Dear friends, there are some grave security issues facing our country. Many are beyond my scope and yours to be aware of or to even understand, but the two concerns voiced above are not beyond us. They are the axes being laid against the roots of the republic, and it cannot be allowed to continue. Those who would allow it are the greatest threat to our nation.