The United States Army is about to lose a patriot, someone who shed blood on the battlefield for the country he loves.
And why? Because he had enough of a conscience to testify under oath before Congress about things he heard from the commander in chief … things that led the commander in chief’s impeachment by the House of Representatives.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman became a household name during that troubling episode. He has served more than two decades in defense of the nation. He once worked as a staffer for the National Security Council and reported to Congress that he heard Donald John Trump ask for a political favor from a foreign head of state in exchange for weapons the United States would provide that nation.
Trump called Vindman a “never Trumper” and dismissed his testimony as fake.
According Vindman and his lawyer, Trump’s anger reportedly got in the way of Vindman being promoted to full colonel.
This is despicable if true. I happen to believe it is true. Thus, the nation is now the poorer because a war hero and a patriot is surrendering his service to his beloved country.
This is so par for the course for this president.
“The President of the United States attempted to force LTC Vindman to choose: Between adhering to the law or pleasing a President. Between honoring his oath or protecting his career. Between protecting his promotion or the promotion of his fellow soldiers. These are choices that no one in the United States should confront, especially one who has dedicated his life to serving it,” Vindman’s lawyer, David Pressman said.
Thus, according to Pressman, Trump engaged in standard bullying of a career public servant.
This is another chapter to add to Trump’s growing list of disgraceful acts — allegedly! — while masquerading as commander in chief.