Not to be too glib, but what did they expect? (They expected Trump to lose, so they figured there was no risk to dissing The Donald.)
They are some of the biggest names in the Republican national security firmament, veterans of past GOP administrations who say, if called upon by President-elect Donald Trump, they stand ready to serve their country again.
But their phones aren’t ringing. Their entreaties to Trump Tower in New York have mostly gone unanswered. In Trump world, these establishment all-stars say they are “PNG” — personae non gratae.
Their transgression was signing one or both of two public “Never Trump” letters during the campaign, declaring they would not vote for Trump and calling his candidacy a danger to the nation.
The president-elect has virtually no experience in national security and foreign policy, and his transition team could presumably benefit from the broadest pool of applicants for the influential appointive positions in the State Department, Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security.
Well, there’s a point. But as Trump tweeted at outgoing CIA chief John Brennan, Ukraine and Syria haven’t exactly been national security and foreign policy wins for the United States on their watch. Iraq and Afghanistan aren’t doing so great, either.
There are experienced people in D.C. who have been frozen out of the government since about 2003 because they foresaw the disaster that the neocons were creating and made the unforgiveable mistake of saying so. Maybe they should get first crack at these job openings.