Dear Editor:

On Veterans Day, of all days, news outlets reported that President Trump called former Director of National Intelligence, Lieutenant General James Clapper USAF (ret.), a “political hack.”

As likely the only one of the Boomerang’s subscribers who has worked for the general, I find it unacceptable that President Trump would refer to General Clapper with that ugly phrase.

General Clapper served in uniform with great distinction for 32 years, ultimately as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, retiring in 1995. In 2001 he gave up a lucrative position in private industry when he was asked to head the U. S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Leaving that position, he served as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence from 2007-2010. He was then appointed and confirmed unanimously by the U. S. Senate as Director of National Intelligence, serving though 2016.

To impugn General Clapper’s 40 plus years of service to his nation, both in uniform and out, is beneath the dignity of the office of President of the United States of America.

Cmdr. Kim Viner, U. S. Navy (retired)


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