In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, retired Navy Admiral Bill McRaven blasted Donald Trump over the decision to revoke John Brennan’s security clearance:

McRaven begins:

Dear Mr. President:

Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.

Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.

For the record, the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes — no Trump fan by any stretch of the imagination — isn’t falling for McRaven’s effort to canonize Brennan:

In a series of tweets, Hayes set out to prove that Brennan is indeed just “a political hack”:

Guess the truth about Brennan is just a little too inconvenient for people like former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, who, rather than mount a convincing rebuttal to Hayes, launched into a personal attack:

Classy, Jon. But then, we wouldn’t expect a hack like you to be intellectually honest enough to recognize hackery in John Brennan. Or in yourself.

The only thing that’s revealing, Dan, is that guys like you and Jon think you’ve owned Hayes.

Favreau should be used to being wrong by now. About a lot of things.


Hayes doesn’t let his dislike or distrust of Trump get in the way of honest analysis. Favreau could take a powerful lesson from him.