Retired Adm. William McRaven Quit Pentagon Board Days After Publishing Anti-Trump Op-Ed

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Retired Navy Adm. William McRaven with a Rip-It
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Retired Navy Adm. William McRaven resigned from the Pentagon's Defense Innovation Board four days after the publication of an op-ed he wrote criticizing  President Donald Trump.


McRaven's Aug. 20 resignation was first reported by Defense News on Thursday.

On Aug. 16, The Washington Post published an op-ed written by McRaven with the headline 'Revoke my security clearance, too, Mr. President' lambasting Trump.

In it, the former leader of U.S. Special Operations Command wrote in defense of former CIA Director John Brennan, who had his security clearance revoked by the Trump administration the previous day, that it would be "an honor if you would revoke my clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency."

"Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities," he added. "Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation."

Created in 2016 by former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, the DIB is comprised of various business, technology, and ex-military leaders, who offer recommendations and advice to senior Pentagon leaders "on innovative means to address future challenges," according to its website.

McRaven's photo and biography were removed from the DIB website. Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Andrews confirmed McRaven's resignation in a written statement, saying, "The Department appreciates his service and contribution on the board."

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KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.

The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.

Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international forces and the Taliban.

The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram, claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of "infidels".

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In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.

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Frances and Efrain Santiago, natives of Puerto Rico, wanted to show their support last month for protesters back home seeking to oust the island's governor.

The couple flew the flag of Puerto Rico on the garage of their Kissimmee home. It ticked off the homeowners association.

Someone from the Rolling Hills Estates Homeowners Association left a letter at their home, citing a "flag violation" and warning: "Please rectify the listed violation or you may incur a fine."

Frances Santiago, 38, an Army veteran, demanded to know why.

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A West Point graduate received a waiver from the U.S. Army to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, and play in the NFL while serving as an active-duty soldier.

The waiver for 2nd Lt. Brett Toth was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, who said that Toth signed a three-year deal with the Eagles. Toth graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 2018.

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