If we do not as Americans confront the crisis of ethics and integrity in our society and among our leaders in both the public and private sector … then American democracy as we know it is entering its twilight years.
— Rex Tillerson, former secretary of state, 16 May 2018
Confronting the American crisis of ethics and integrity is precisely what Tillerson would have done, if only he had not "veiled" his rebuke: "He did not," reports the Times, "mention Mr. Trump by name."
I have yet to read anyone disagree with the consensus — that, as Michelle Goldberg put it, "if from their privileged perches these people saw the president as a dangerous fool in need of babysitting, it’s now time for some of them to say so publicly" — and yet "these people" continue to evade responsibility by not naming the name. It would be better if they simply said nothing, since saying just a little something so close to the truth makes their ensuing reticence hurt all the worse.