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CIA Director Gina Haspel testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Jan. 29.
CIA Director Gina Haspel testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Jan. 29. (Jose Luis Magana / AP)

While the political establishment is aghast that President Donald Trump considers U. S. intelligence officials wrong on their assessments of global threats ("Trump attacks his government's own intelligence officials' views," Jan. 31), I find it refreshing whether or not his views lead to troop withdraws from such hot spots as Syria and Afghanistan.

How would our history have been changed had Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard M. Nixon, cast a little more doubt on the miscalculations and outright lies that they were told by their intelligence personnel during the Vietnam War?

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Sean Tully, Baltimore

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