In an August 5 NY Times op-ed, Michael J. Morell, a former CIA Acting Director whose career at the agency spanned 33 years, who served under presidents of both parties and has voted for candidates of both parties according to his article, delivered a devastating critique of Donald Trump's qualifications to be in charge of America's national security. See:

Regarding Trump's proposed plan to bar Muslims from entering the US, Morell writes:

"...Donald J. Trump is not only unqualified for the job [of president] but he may well pose a threat to our national security...

Mr. Trump has also undermined security with his call for barring Muslims from entering the country. This position, which clearly contradicts the foundational values of our nation, plays into the hands of the jihadist barrative that our fight against terrorism is a war between religions.

In fact, many Muslim-Americans play critical roles in protecting our country, including the man, whom I cannot identify, who ran the CIA's Counterterrorism Center for nearly a decade and who I believe is most respnsible for keeping America safe since the September 11 attacks."

Morell also stated that Trump's connection with Vladimir Putin and support of Russian interests over American ones made Trump an "unwitting agent of the Russian Federation" and that, among other things, his "lack for respect for the rule of law", suggest that "he would be a poor, even dangerous, commander in chief".

Some people are still obsessing over the alleged threat to American security that would result from President Obama's plan to admit a tiny trickle of 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States, even though nearly all of them are only fleeing from the brutal Putin-backed Assad dictatorship and the horrors of ISIS terror.

Based on Morell's article, might there not be a much greater potential danger to our national security awaiting us at the ballot box this fall?

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law