Thursday, April 20, 2017


19 April 2017

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Dear Congressman,

Re: Wrong Way Armada

Are you a patriotic American, sir? I have no doubt but that you think of yourself as such. Does it not embarrass you, then, nor raise your ire, to witness such staggering incompetence on the part of your president* and his administration? Or was it a choice to lie to the American people? In response to the latest North Korean saber-rattling, Trump chose to rattle a saber that turned out to be nothing but a rubber sword, bleating about sending in an aircraft carrier “armada” to demonstrate American strength and resolve. His lie was later reaffirmed by his military and intelligence chiefs and, publicly, by his press secretary.

Trump’s “armada”, we learned days later, was hundreds of miles away and headed in the opposite direction.

What are the North Koreans to make of this? Our allies in the region? The rest of the world? What do they think of the pouting president Trump standing there with a limp, er… weapon in his hands? Of the disarray of his administration? Of the deliberate lies or at the least the misinformation passed on to the world by his military? Does our country not look weak and ridiculous in the eyes of the world?

Here’s my point: is it not time for some bold Republican to stand up to this man and speak the truth that is obvious to the rest of us—and to the world at large? To point out that this would-be emperor has no clothes? That he is absurdly, dangerously out of his depth in the Oval Office? That his ignorance and incompetence, if not his overweening and ridiculous ego, disqualify him from a position from which he can wreak serious and lasting damage on the world? Is it not time for just one of you to take a public stand, out of patriotism rather than party loyalty?

Could that man be you, Congressman? Are you willing to step up and acknowledge the obvious, and speak out before still worse things happen? Are you willing to lead, rather than follow the flock of seemingly suicidal sheep? As your constituent, I ask you to consult with your common sense and conscience. Enough is more than enough. Trump’s wrong-way armada proves the point.


Peter Clothier, Ph.D.

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