Dartmouth's Daniel Benjamin Says Trump is Sabotaging His Own Presidency
Spies and analysts have their ways of getting even, he warns.
Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, Director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding, wrote this week in Politico that President-elect Trump is "sabotaging his own presidency before it even starts" by targeting the nation's security services.
Ambassador Benjamin, who was Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the State Department from 2009 -2012, bolsters his premise with these points:
Disrespected spies can’t do their jobs.
Trump has devalued an important asset.
Top talent will flee.
Leakers and whistleblowers won’t hesitate.
No one will stick his neck out for the president.
"Trump’s treatment of his spies will also come back to bite him in the form of leaking and whistleblowing," says Benjamin.
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