In the mid to late 1960s, the mentors who trained me in British Intelligence were distinguished World War Two veterans in the sources and methods of the intelligence arts and sciences that defeated Hitler and all the odious apparatus that composed the Third Reich. Understanding the mindset, indeed the psychology, of that regime was part of the overall process. I carried their training forward into meeting the challenges from the Soviet Union and its leadership. In addition to what most people think of as intelligence, there are other little known skill sets. The latter include predicting the likely behavior and decision making of key leaders, what drives them, what makes them tick, past behavior, and their total personal makeup from birth until the present. The Soviet leadership, like Putin and his cohorts today, was very predictable. If these aspects are taken alongside all the other “Ints,” such as HUMINT, ELINT, COMINT, IMINT, and a host of others too numerous to name, you get a very reliable picture of the people who may threaten us one way or the other. President John Kennedy was most astute in dealing with Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis, ignoring very wisely the rash and impetuous advice of several of his military leaders, such as Air Force General Curtis LeMay, a distinguished veteran but one who had no concept of the Soviet mindset and its leader. John Kennedy surrounded himself with the very best American advisors from both sides of the political aisle during the Crisis. Fast forward to 1964 and what became known as the “Goldwater Gag Order,” that the American mental health community (psychiatrists and psychologists) imposed on their professional community to avoid being publicly involved in assessing the mental stability of Barry Goldwater to become President of the United States. That restraint persisted until 2017 when a sizeable and very distinguished group of American psychiatrists felt it professionally, not politically, necessary to break ranks with the “Goldwater Gag Order” principle. Their findings were published in the “Yale Duty to Warn Conference.” Eccentric readers can study for themselves and form their opinions of the evidence and assessments presented, all of which are not only in agreement but have common threads. One of the most capable groups of American psychiatrists ever to unite in a common purpose published their findings in “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” (St. Martin’s Press, New York, 2017). When I read their findings I realized two undeniable facts: They were non-partisan or in any way political ideologies with non-professional motives; They had an abiding and consistent concern about the mental suitability of Donald Trump to be President of the United States under Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Two of the group, Dr. Nanette Gartrell, MD, a Harvard and UC San Francisco specialist, and Dr. Dee Mosbacher, MD, Ph.D., from UC San Francisco, summarized as follows: “Our independent non-partisan panel of mental health and medical experts evaluated Mr. Trump’s capability to fulfill the responsibility of the Presidency.” When I read the evidence, I naturally reflected on my intelligence career and, in particular, the influence of two fine British psychologists, Dr. Eon Williams, who had been a fighter pilot in World War Two, and Dr. Edward Elliot. They had provided me with the fundamentals of looking at “Personality” in the context of national security. Readers, the news is not good from the Yale Conference. If I was back in the late 1960s, in my very secretive facility inside a Royal Park in west London, and I read evidence like this that related to men, for examples, such as Leonid Brezhnev and Aleksey Kosygin, in the Soviet Union, my community would have been deeply concerned. The Professor of Psychiatry at Yale, Dr. Robert Lifton, discusses Trump’s “False Reality,” and ability to orchestrate “Malignant Normality” within his support base, whereby there is a gradual acceptance by parts of the population “inundated with toxic untruths until they pass for normal.” Other diagnoses include Narcissism, with the promotion of the self, sociopathic behavior by harming others for personal power and gratification, lack of empathy for others, lack of remorse, lying and cheating, and loss of reality, with one phrase that stood out, “Not crazy like a fox, versus crazy like crazy.” They universally state that he, “Freezes healing, and promotes crisis,” living in a “Multitude of other alternative realities” (lies by another name).Dr. Thomas Singer, MD, states that our President “Exploits a huge sinkhole of dark, raw emotions in the national psyche.” I read all this alongside what I thought maybe the alternative view, by the acknowledged right-wing columnist George Will, who wrote in the Washington Post on May 3, 2017, quote: “Trump has a dangerous disability. …Cannot think and speak clearly… untrained mind….stratospheric self-confidence. Americans have placed vast military power at the discretion of this mind, a presidential discretion that is largely immune to restraint by the Madisonian system of institutional checks and balances.” The tragic and criminal end to the life of George Floyd was exploited by our President, in my humble opinion, in the most inappropriate and frankly appalling ways, let alone the total misuse of our fine military. Please, I encourage Eccentric readers to engage and form their own opinions. Every view is equal and valid, and every vote counts. That’s why it’s a privilege to live in the United States and not have the misfortune of birth and live in China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, or a host of other countries.

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