(TNS) Because only about 5.5 percent of the U.S. population has ever served in the armed forces, most of what you read online about military etiquette, procedures and traditions is wrong.
For instance, take this business with Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a “Ukraine whistleblower” who recently testified before Adam Schiff’s secret squirrel impeachment panel in the basement of the U.S. Capitol.
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Schiff and the Garbage Party, along with their voters, have put this guy on a pedestal, claiming that he can’t be touched or criticized for his “whistleblowing” because he’s a decorated Army officer and combat veteran with a Purple Heart.
Good for Lt. Col. Vindman. Thank you for serving our country, sir. Many of us who work for TNS have similar experiences and awards for our service.
However, we’ve been saying from the get-go that Lt. Col. Vindman should be disciplined for undermining the foreign policy of the president of the United States, whom he serves as his commander-in-chief.
Vindman doesn’t have near the juice to make the rules for the White House, let alone foreign policy decisions. Unless he’s specifically tasked by the president to formulate this policy or that, how Trump handles other nations is simply none of his business.
He was acting way above his pay grade, as we often said in the military when we saw someone who thought he or she was more important than they were.
So with that in mind, we noted that Vindman should pay a price for his undermining of President Trump. Not only is he not a ‘whistleblower’ in the statutory sense of the world, but he has no authority to question the commander-in-chief.
If generals can’t do so, then how does a lowly lieutenant colonel get away with it?
Well, apparently, he doesn’t.
During in interview Sunday on “Face the Nation,” White House National Security Officer Robert O’Brien said that Vindman will be removed from his post on the National Security Council.
VINDMAN OUT AT NSC: After testifying on the Hill, NSA O'Brien says Alexander Vindman will be removed from the National Security Council. "Everyone who's detailed at the NSC, people are going…back to their own departments and we'll bring in new folks" https://t.co/DNsbuDqAwb pic.twitter.com/nQ9U5lvxrG
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) November 10, 2019
Now granted, Trump National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien previously said the NSC staff was going to be dramatically reduced.
Trump admin plans to cut NSC by abt 50% by early next year.
NSA O'Brien cited the smaller size of the NSC historically as a justification: during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the NSC had about 12 people & during the Carter years the NSC had about 35 people https://t.co/eiAbIoQ5pi
— Kylie Atwood (@kylieatwood) October 11, 2019
But it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Vindman will be one of them ‘downsized.’
If you read the first Twitter feed, you’ll find lots of uninformed people making very uninformed statements about the decision to remove Vindman.
He defied the president and he should pay a price for it. Frankly, he should have been dismissed from service on the spot. Made to retire.
The NSC is the president's organization. He can fire everyone in it tomorrow if he wants to. I know you all want to believe it's like a union job or a civil service gig, but it's not. Vindman getting kicked off of it is pretty much what you'd expect Trump to do.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) November 10, 2019
We had absolutely nothing in common with President Obama. Nothing. Hated his policies, and especially his military policies.
But he was the commander-in-chief. He was elected. What he did to try to depose Trump aside, when you’re wearing the uniform you obey the officers and officials appointed above you, especially the commander-in-chief. Or you quit.
When some officers opposed Obama’s policies, he either fired them or asked them to resign. He had that authority.
So does Trump, whether you like him or not. He is the president.
Vindman should go. It’s about time.
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