Ret. CIA Officer Compares Trump’s Deference To Putin To Bush Forgiving Al Qaeda

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Retired CIA officer Marc Polymeropoulos criticized President Donald Trump for continuing to cede power to Russian President Vladimir Putin in “A Call to Arms: Taking the Russia Threat Seriously”, posted on Just Security

Polymeropoulos retired in June 2019 from the Senior Intelligence Service ranks at the CIA following a 26 year career in operational headquarters and field management assignments with expertise in the Middle East, Europe, Eurasia, and counterterrorism. 

In “A Call to Arms,” Polymeropoulos writes that Trump continued to ignore the widely-accepted facts that the U.S. Intelligence Community had announced: that Russia and its intelligence services had interfered in the 2016 election.

The aptly named “A Call to Arms” was an informal manifesto issued to the CIA workforce that required an “all-hands-on-deck” approach and included the support of senior leadership and key allies in the Department of Defense, the FBI, and the Department of State.

But Polymeropoulos labeled Trump as “the wild card” that “was sitting in the Oval Office” because of his continued and puzzling admiration for President Putin. According to the retired CIA officer, it was not clear whether or not Trump had accepted the Intelligence Community’s findings on the Kremlin’s desire to harm the United States. 

Two events have caused a significant pause to the counter-Russia campaign, according to Polymeropoulos: the overall U.S. government efforts in meddling in Ukraine and the president’s policies in Syria, where a Russian resurgence has been “spectacular”. 

“I very reluctantly compare Trump’s continued dalliance with Putin to an imagined scenario after 9/11 in which then-President George W. Bush would have somehow forgiven Osama bin Laden for the deaths of more than 3,000 Americans on 9/11,” Polymeropoulos wrote. “That scenario is frankly impossible to comprehend knowing President Bush’s zeal to punish and destroy al- Qaeda, but it is in fact quite similar to what Trump has done with Putin.”

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