Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Enemy Within

Rumana Ahmed, who joined the National Security Council under President Obama, discusses her eight days as a Muslim working in Donald Trump's White House before finally resigning. An incredibly poignant -- and deeply disturbing -- piece about the people currently manning the levers of our country's soft and hard power. Here's a snippet:
The evening before I left, bidding farewell to some of my colleagues, many of whom have also since left, I notified Trump’s senior NSC communications advisor, Michael Anton, of my departure, since we shared an office. His initial surprise, asking whether I was leaving government entirely, was followed by silence––almost in caution, not asking why. I told him anyway.  
I told him I had to leave because it was an insult walking into this country’s most historic building every day under an administration that is working against and vilifying everything I stand for as an American and as a Muslim. I told him that the administration was attacking the basic tenets of democracy. I told him that I hoped that they and those in Congress were prepared to take responsibility for all the consequences that would attend their decisions.  
He looked at me and said nothing.  
It was only later that I learned he authored an essay under a pseudonym, extolling the virtues of authoritarianism and attacking diversity as a “weakness,” and Islam as “incompatible with the modern West.”
Much more at the link, and all of it is worth a read.

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