Dan Rather excoriates Trump and Tillerson over the 'stupidity' of 'decimating the State Department'
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Writing on Facebook, legendary newsman Dan Rather ripped into President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for destroying the State Department in just eleven short months.

According to Rather, he has been watching the Trump administration with dismay during these "surreal days."

"Of all the things stuck in my craw these surreal days, the willful and deliberate decimation of the United States Department of State by President Trump and his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is a turn of events that is both bewildering and so obviously dangerous that it begs for reason in an age already plagued by a striking lack of reason," Rather wrote.

"This is an attack on the very health and security of the United States. It undermines our political, cultural, economic, and moral power around the globe. Yes our military forces are important and yes the aircraft carriers and fleets of tanks and airplanes are impressive," he continued. "But so too is the courage and dedication of our diplomatic corp who wield words and the power of persuasion to further our national interests, along with the aspirations of peace and justice."

"Dollar for dollar they do more than almost anyone I can think of to make America what it has been, what it is, and what I believe we hope it to be," he elaborated, before stating, "There should be a bipartisan outcry against this undermining of American values. We have had strong diplomats from across the political spectrum."

"Make no mistake, our allies are watching with great unease. And our adversaries are salivating at our shortsightedness, and frankly, stupidity," he warned.

You can read the whole thing here.