President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. AFP / ZACH GIBSON
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The unnamed insiders who claim to be working clandestinely to resist U.S. President Donald Trump are not heroes. As a State Department whistleblower who lost his career to tell the truth about the Iraq war, I am burdened by how the interviewees in Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear," and the anonymous writer of that New York Times "resistance" op-ed, are hailed as patriots holding back the U.S. president's worst impulses through fibs and bureaucratic tricks. Ideas, no matter how vigorously opposed, at some point change from being Trump's or Barack Obama's policies to those of the United States.Same for people in the military and the intelligence agencies, who, for example, were sent to train Afghan mujahedeen under one president and then kill them under another.Others who believed a president's decisions were harmful to the United States blew the whistle, making public specific evidence at the cost of their jobs and/or freedom to build an evidence-based case.Cohn thus stopped Trump from signing the document.Until now, the people working for presidents as different as Reagan was from Obama understood, as I did, the only way for America to function credibly was for insiders to work on the nation's behalf until we couldn't.
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