FOX News’ national security analyst just quit with a brutal message for Trump and his colleagues

- Maret 20, 2018

Fox News just lost one of its most prominent national security analysts earlier this month, and now we know why.

Ralph Peters is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and veteran of multiple government offices dealing with foreign affairs and intelligence.  For the last several years, he’s been a national security talking head for the cable news giant, one known for his reliably conservative opinions and blistering takes aimed at President Obama’s foreign policy.

Peters was a regular on Bill O’Reilly’s show before Bill was fired over a series of sexual harassment scandals, but Peters continued to appear on shows across the network.  He became a sensation inside the right-wing bubble when he infamously called President Obama a “total p*ssy” on the Fox Business Network in December of 2015, something for which Fox had to suspend him for two weeks.

As celebrated as he was for that comment, his opinions of President Trump haven’t gone over as well with the Fox News crowd, and Peters has constantly found himself at odds with the networks religiously pro-Trump hosts like Sean Hannity.

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With his current contract set to expire, Peters let executives at Fox News know he wouldn’t seek a new one. And today, he made public an email he sent to his colleagues at Fox explaining exactly why he’s leaving, and it’s everything we hoped it would be.

“Four decades ago, I took an oath as a newly commissioned officer,” he writes, “and I swore to ‘support and defend the Constitution.’  That oath did not expire when I took off my uniform.”

“Today,” he continues, “I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers. Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed.”

Peters, an accomplished writer of fiction and non-fiction alike, wasn’t done, not even close.  More from the email:

In my view, Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration. When prime-time hosts–who have never served our country in any capacity–dismiss facts and empirical reality to launch profoundly dishonest assaults on the FBI, the Justice Department, the courts, the intelligence community (in which I served) and, not least, a model public servant and genuine war hero such as Robert Mueller–all the while scaremongering with lurid warnings of “deep-state” machinations– I cannot be part of the same organization, even at a remove. To me, Fox News is now wittingly harming our system of government for profit.

The retired intelligence officer even weighed-in with his take on the explosive Steele Dossier that Fox has spent over a year attempting to undermine and discredit, with little to no success.

“As an intelligence professional,” he states, “I can tell you that the Steele dossier rings true–that’s how the Russians do things. The result is that we have an American president who is terrified of his counterpart in Moscow.”

And just to be sure his colleagues could have no misunderstanding that he’s resigning over the network’s failure to report the truth about Russia and how they’ve co-opted this presidency, he finishes his email with a flurry for the ages.

“So, to all of you: Thanks, and, as our president’s favorite world leader would say, ‘Das vidanya.’

You can read Ralph Peters’ email in its entirety below:

On March 1st, I informed Fox that I would not renew my contract. The purpose of this message to all of you is twofold:

First, I must thank each of you for the cooperation and support you’ve shown me over the years. Those working off-camera, the bookers and producers, don’t often get the recognition you deserve, but I want you to know that I have always appreciated the challenges you face and the skill with which you master them.

Second, I feel compelled to explain why I have to leave. Four decades ago, I took an oath as a newly commissioned officer. I swore to “support and defend the Constitution,” and that oath did not expire when I took off my uniform. Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers. Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed.

In my view, Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration. When prime-time hosts–who have never served our country in any capacity–dismiss facts and empirical reality to launch profoundly dishonest assaults on the FBI, the Justice Department, the courts, the intelligence community (in which I served) and, not least, a model public servant and genuine war hero such as Robert Mueller–all the while scaremongering with lurid warnings of “deep-state” machinations– I cannot be part of the same organization, even at a remove. To me, Fox News is now wittingly harming our system of government for profit.

As a Russia analyst for many years, it also has appalled me that hosts who made their reputations as super-patriots and who, justifiably, savaged President Obama for his duplicitous folly with Putin, now advance Putin’s agenda by making light of Russian penetration of our elections and the Trump campaign. Despite increasingly pathetic denials, it turns out that the “nothing-burger” has been covered with Russian dressing all along. And by the way: As an intelligence professional, I can tell you that the Steele dossier rings true–that’s how the Russians do things.. The result is that we have an American president who is terrified of his counterpart in Moscow.

I do not apply the above criticisms in full to Fox Business, where numerous hosts retain a respect for facts and maintain a measure of integrity (nor is every host at Fox News a propaganda mouthpiece–some have shown courage). I have enjoyed and valued my relationship with Fox Business, and I will miss a number of hosts and staff members. You’re the grown-ups.

Also, I deeply respect the hard-news reporters at Fox, who continue to do their best as talented professionals in a poisoned environment. These are some of the best men and women in the business..

So, to all of you: Thanks, and, as our president’s favorite world leader would say, “Das vidanya.”

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