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Trump correctly questions intelligence agencies

President Donald Trump speaks about the government shutdown from the Rose Garden of the White House. He attacked the U.S. intelligence services earlier this week as "naive" and "wrong" on the threat he says is posed by Iran. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP)
President Donald Trump speaks about the government shutdown from the Rose Garden of the White House. He attacked the U.S. intelligence services earlier this week as "naive" and "wrong" on the threat he says is posed by Iran. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (ALEX EDELMAN / AFP/Getty Images)

I've been around since the Truman administration. During my entire lifetime, the "professional" intelligence apparatus of the American government has been issuing dire, sometimes apocalyptic, warnings about the intents and capabilities of our supposed adversaries, generally, the Russians, the Chinese, communists, the Iranians and Delta House.

Supposedly, these terrible villains have nothing on their agendas but to destroy America and take away our freedom to be pilfered and exploited by our own home-grown oligarchy class of one-percenters. Americans should be hiding under our beds, trembling in fear (“Alternative Fact of the Week: Foreign threats,” Jan. 31).

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For all of President Donald Trump's, shall we say, eccentricities, he is absolutely correct in disagreeing with these self-serving intelligence agencies, all 17 or 18 of them. Since World War II, nobody has been at war or killed more innocent foreign civilians than the United States, generally based on the fevered risk analyses of these agencies, who are totally in the sway of Pentagon and corporate interests who demand we stay in an all-war-all-the-time mode. We are the world's great menace, not those other guys.

Some day, hopefully far away, my dad will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, based on his heroic service during World War II. He was liberated by Soviet troops from a German POW camp at the end of the war and, to this day, likes to point out that very few, if any, of the serviceman buried at Arlington were put there by hostile Soviet and Russian actions. Yet, somehow, those terrible Russians have been our sworn enemies for 75 years and continue to be solely driven by a desire to destroy the American way of life (whatever that is these days).These "adversaries" clearly get up to mischievousness and like to pull our chains, just as we do to them.

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It's a big game, a silly game and Trump is refreshing in his willingness to pull back the curtain on our fear-mongering intelligence agencies. Good for him.

Jon Ketzner, Cumberland

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