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OK, unusual note tonight: this is for the people I know now or previously in the US intelligence community, and for the people I don't know there who have been doing their best under impossible circumstances.
You didn't get shit upon by your country today. You got shit upon by a Russian asset, whose job it is to shit on the US intelligence community.
It may hurt like hell to realize that your President is a Russian asset, and that every sane norm of what to do has been upended. But those are the breaks.
If you're wondering what you're supposed to do: Listen to your moral compass. *Always* listen to your moral compass. Question the things you hear from inside, not just outside, think about them, and do the right thing for the American people.
What's going on right now is a blessing in disguise. Normally it's too easy to listen to official directives, say what your bosses want to hear, go along to get along. You can't do that right now. When you can't trust your leaders, you have to trust yourselves. Hold on to that.
Act in a way that you'll be proud of twenty years from now. If that means business as usual, do business as usual. If that means resigning, resign. If that means some other kind of change, make that kind of change. The only thing you can't do right now is coast.
I'll leave you with this Hasidic Jewish tale, related by Martin Buber, answering a student's question about why God created atheists. The lesson applies to many other things in life.…
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