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Rather writes: "On a day when we honor the service and sacrifice of millions of men and women who swore to defend their beloved nation, its Constitution, its rule of law, and its basic decencies in the face of foreign aggression."

Dan Rather. (photo: Christopher Patey)
Dan Rather. (photo: Christopher Patey)


Trump, Putin, and Veteran's Day

By Dan Rather, Dan Rather's Facebook Page

11 November 17

 

n Veteran's Day no less. On a day when we honor the service and sacrifice of millions of men and women who swore to defend their beloved nation, its Constitution, its rule of law, and its basic decencies in the face of foreign aggression.

On this day, the President meets with an autocrat, a strongman, an avowed enemy of the freedoms we hold dear. And he takes the assurances of a known spy over the consensus of our entire national security and intelligence communities. He takes the word of a foreign adversary over the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. And then he impugns the reputations of the Americans calling them "political hacks?"

As many of you know, I have been traveling the country on a book tour and meeting Americans of all types, across the political spectrum. They are telling me how worried they are. They know this behavior isn't normal for a Commander in Chief. Not by a long shot. And we cannot allow it to be normalized. And all who choose to excuse it away must be called to account. We cannot let politically convenient expediencies cloud hard facts and reasoned conclusions. We were attacked. This was deliberate and the effects and scale of the attack may not be known for some time. We have a serious and active investigation into possible collusion from members of Mr. Trump's inner circle. There are real questions about what the President may have known, and when (remembering that he must be provided the presumption of innocence).

I am pretty confident how history will judge this moment in the American story. There will be a tally of those who spoke up and those who remained silent. In the meantime, how much harm will be done?


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-30 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-11-11 14:16
Just astonishing. Is this the same Dan Rather who used to report the news every evening? I am really worried about how wrong he is. He is a famous and well respected newsman. And yet, he does not seem to grasp any of the points he brings up.


1. "the President meets with an autocrat, a strongman, an avowed enemy of the freedoms we hold dear." I wonder if Rather heard Putin's comments on the free press and the Us government attempts to silence RT? It seems like Putin understands the freedoms of a democratic society and the Americans do not. Putin was elected in an election that was judged to be fairer than any recent Us presidential elections.

2. "honor the service and sacrifice of millions of men " -- Russia defeated the Nazis and saved the lives of millions of Americans at a cost of 29 million Russians dead. Russia paid the heaviest price to free the world from Nazism.

3. I am pretty confident how history will judge this moment in the American story." Yes, Russiagate will be regarded exactly as the 2003 Weapons of Mass Destruction propaganda splurge is now. It is the same people behind the WMD lies and now Russiagate. These are the intelligence agencise, the establishment politicians, and overwhelmingly the major media.
 
 
+8 # ericlipps 2017-11-11 22:31
Quote:
Just astonishing. Is this the same Dan Rather who used to report the news every evening? I am really worried about how wrong he is. He is a famous and well respected newsman. And yet, he does not seem to grasp any of the points he brings up.
I suppose it just can't be that YOU are wrong and don't grasp any of the points Rather brings up.
 
 
-7 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-11-12 13:59
No, it cannot be that I am wrong. D.R. says Putin is an "avowed enemy of the freedoms we hold dear." That would require that Putin made some "vow" or "oath" to oppose the freedoms the US holds dear. This never happened. In fact, Putin has been very vocal in defending and supporting the freedoms that many nations, inc. the US, hold dear. D.R. is wrong. He made this up.

D.R. also says "We were attacked. This was deliberate and the effects and scale of the attack may not be known for some time." We were not attacked. He does not identify the attack. Maybe he means posting adverts on Facebook or Twitter was the attack. If so, that would really be "not normal." Maybe he means, the hacking of DNC or Podesta emails. That is a very dubious allegation. There's no proof. It would be normal for people to know an attack took place.

Let's face it, D.R. is spinning out propaganda just as he did for 40 years in the journalism business. Old habits die hard.
 
 
+39 # suzyskier 2017-11-11 19:09
He has already caused a mountain of harm to this country and to it’s reputation. I can not understand why so many republicans are willing to go along with him and endanger their own electability. I guess they are as swarms and greedy and as uninformed as their notorious leader. How in the world did voters think these Republicans and Trump would ever work for them? It’s mind blowing how uninformed one issued these people are.
 
 
+42 # sbessho 2017-11-11 20:54
Whatever the troll farmers trot out against Dan Rather and other journalists, it will be those journalists' voices that save us from becoming a total dictatorship of the rich (i.e., fascist state)--if we can organize and save ourselves. If we only observe and do not act, we are lost.
 
 
-5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-11-12 07:23
"it will be those journalists' voices that save us from becoming a total dictatorship of the rich"


What do you mean by this? Do you mean multi-millionai re Dan Rather will save us from the rich? Are you saying that American journalism has been doing a good job over the years in informing people about the dangers of creeping US fascism?

Do you ever read people like Chomsky? Or anything about the history of US propaganda, public relations, and journalism. How about Bob McChesney?
 
 
-1 # Dale 2017-11-12 08:26
It is a shame to see that Dan Rather has fallen into the anti-Russian swamp. Those who "honor the service and sacrifice of millions of men and women... were the cannon fodder that were sent to serve empire. Russia-Gate is the Democrats last stand to avoid standing up to peace and decency.
Some of these Russia meddling critiques, that now appear daily may have a grain of truth, but not much more. They dont take account of the utter hypocrisy of the Dems and all those reverting to the old style red-baiting. The United States interferes in the elections and internal affairs of dozens of countries around the world. Such interference takes the form of regime change, as occured in the Ukraine, and is happening now in Venezuela. Other times, outright military intervention as in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Drone murders and Special Ops in dozens of countries, now including Africa. 60 years of boycott continuing against Cuba. Aid to local militaries to overthrow governments or to violently repress those demanding change, Chile, Central America. So get off it Democrats and Dan Rather. Go after Trump for real, not trumped up, reasons.
 
 
+2 # Gordon Berry 2017-11-12 10:30
It is supposed to be called "Armistice Day" - a day for us all to remember why we went to war - against nazis and against absolute rulers and tyrants - far more than just for veterans..
 
 
+2 # Allears 2017-11-14 10:19
Where would you rather live, in the US or Russia? Despite the apparent deterioration of American democracy (by its nature it is a changing,evolvi ng entity-of late,devolving) , I would rather live in Trump's America than Putin's Russia. The similarities between Trump and Putin cannot be denied:aspirati ons to filthyrichednes s by any means necessary(Putin wins hands down-Trump is admiring) going hand-in-hand with their sociopathic(win ner-take-all) tendencies. However, Putin is responsible for rendering Russia to its present state, whereas Trump is a symptom of what America has become. Any cyber attack by Russia against America, or any election tampering cannot be to any degree comparable to the dangers presented by forces inside the American system, and the damage they have already done. The American monied elites have been striving to tear their country apart for a long time, and their efforts are finally bearing fruit. Their latest effort at camouflaging themselves and their operations is merely an imitation of one of their key strategems, and that is blame the Communists, or of late what is proxy for Communism-Russi a.
 

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