Do you recall the movie “Trial at Nuremberg?” There’s a tremendous scene where the Burt Lancaster character, a German judge who now sees the error of his ways confesses to the Spencer Tracy character, an American world court judge, what happened. “You have to believe me. I didn’t know it would get as far as it did,” says Lancaster. Tracy replies, “It got that far, Your Honor, the first time you sentenced a man guilty that you knew to be innocent.” Lancaster registers shock as the truth sinks in. This is a great moment in cinema.

Today Donald Trump suggested that the military take action to discipline Lt. Col. Alexander Vndman.

 

Vindman didn’t do anything except tell the truth and put country and honor first, which, as an officer, he should be doing. But apparently Mad King Donald thinks that Vindman should be disciplined by the Army for some offense — probably treason. And why? Because the GOP has enabled this farce to continue, just like the bought-off judges in Nazi Germany enabled the atrocities that took place on their watch. When the GOP enabled Trump to get on the ticket in the first place, as their candidate, they took an irrevocable step towards the dark side of government, towards fascism and away from democracy. They all knew what he was, as well as the Democrats. We’ve all seen many clips of Ted Cruz calling Trump a liar, or Lindsey Graham calling him a “race-baiting homophobic bigot.” But they all decided to roll over for Trump, when it was suggested to them that Trump as useful idiot could do the party a lot of good. So they muzzled their true feelings and entered the Cult of Trump, sworn to do his bidding, above honor, and above country.

Last week they ratified that position by acquitting Trump — a man that they knew to be guilty. They acquitted him because they felt it was in their interest to do so. Now, Trump believes that he is invincible and omniscient and he’s got a God complex. If he didn’t have one before, he’s got one now. So of course he wants to go after Vindman — some more —  and of course he has already gone after Sondland. And he will go after many more people. He’s got an enemies list and he will tick through them one by one. Because he’s nuts.

This is what the GOP hath wrought. I hope that they are happy with this monster of their creation. This is Three A.M. in America. Even in war time our plight has never been so dark as it is right now with this madman at the helm, empowered by the most corrupt and venal group of politicians ever to be assembled, the current iteration of the GOP.

They created this monster and he knows that they won’t stop him. So he’ll go as far as he can, as unhindered as he is unhinged, a creature without morality, discernment or remorse. Wait and see.

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26 Comments on "Mad King Donald Wants the Military to Discipline Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman"

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frank c barone
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Truly shocking. Fascism has risen it’s ugly face through Donald Trump. If not voted out, in 4 years they will be loading ovens with brown people.

Tin woman1
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Today a bunch of DOJ top lawyers left because of *rumps interference of Stones sentencing recommendation. Here go more military brass, I’m sure.

chris whitley
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This is just plain disgusting. First the piece of crap pardoned a murderer from the military and now he wants to go after a military officer for doing his duty. It is plain to see this stain on America has no idea what, truth and honor mean let alone practice it. He’s the one should be facing discipline.

Denis Elliott
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Gut check time for the Joint Chiefs. Will they be Lions, or Lambs? If the former and something happens to Vindman, even if the order to destroy his career circumvents/bypasses the chain-of-command they will all JOINTLY resign. And, despite it being considered a no-no to publicly state why, they will recognize asymmetrical warfare when they see it even if it’s political instead of in war zones and they will speak up. Over in the Halls of Congress where they can inform the relevant committee heads they are headed – to give their statement in the Capitol Rotunda in front of… Read more »
mae
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How, just how, are we going to go until the election like this?????? There won’t be any one left of good conscience! I am so out of words.

Bareshark
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Kindly get a grip, Cmae. We will get through this the same way we have gotten through the last three years…one day at a time, one disaster at a time. In the meantime, I suggest you breathe…deeply.

CAZ
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I have to admit I’m with Mae here. Every time I think this is the end of this abominable ‘leader’, the base, Fox, the senate, DOJ, or the Pentagon crush my spirit.

Bareshark
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It’s because you’re accepting what they’re feeding you, CAZ. Trump’s people have never told the truth about what they are and what they’re about their entire goddamn lives. Why therefore are you thinking that they’re telling you the truth NOW? Tune out the hysterics (mostly used to keep you glued on whatever story you’re clicking on), look at the actual facts (like how it’s the COs who handle who gets prosecuted, NOT the CinC) and then THINK. I’ve been here before on a smaller scale but the end result’s probably going to be the same. We’ll get some backwash from… Read more »
p j evans
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Military regs protect whistleblowers – and I hope that the Pentagon takes that seriously.

dana fairfield
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Let Dan Rather provide some encouragement. https://www.facebook.com/theDanRather/posts/10163050285505716

Bareshark
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Saw this on DKos yesterday, actually…solid advice that we ALL need to heed.

Meg Corrigan
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Thanks, Dana! I needed that! I clicked to “follow” Dan Rather on Facebook!

redheadedgammy
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Thank you for posting what Mr. Rather had to say. He is 100% correct in his comment! We cannot lose hope that truth will prevail.

blueman
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I think the military is more tribal than say a Republican. They will protect one of their own as best they can. However, having a fascist dictaror in control of the government is something we have never had.

Bareshark
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Sure we did, Blue. It was called the George W Bush administration.

Markm Mitchell
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Justice will prevail, despite Barr.

underwriter505
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I’m not shocked that he wants this, and says so publicly. I expected it. After pardoning war criminals, it’s the logical next step. I’m distressed, of course, but not surprised.

Sean O'Brien
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Dr. Frankenstein regretted creating The Creature. So far, the GOP Senate (aside from Romney), and Spanish Inquisition Barr show no regret, but rather delight. This is getting truly terrifying. We do Not have the same conditions that Germany had that allowed Adolf to rise to power. The differences in our economies are night and day. And in spite of all the socialized and institutionalized racism our country has, we also have a lot of laws working against it, which Germany didn’t have then. But the complete and total corruption of the Senate majority, the pResisident, and Mr. Spanish Inquisition scares… Read more »
Bareshark
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As I keep telling everybody, Sean, start with the known facts. Not the BS speculation, not the doomsday scenarios that are pretty much reruns from the W years but the known, provable facts. From there, look at the most boring but plausible explanation based on those facts. Chances are you will not only be right but you will also have a better idea of what to do after.

Sean O'Brien
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Thank you. Your calm, good advice cheers me.
I’m sure you noticed that I’ve not fallen into the “We’re just like Nazi Germany” fallacy. I don’t see anyone going into a supermarket with a $100 million bill to buy two eggs, ya know?

Bareshark
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You’re welcome, Sean. Frankly, I’ve found the hysterics of the last couple of days disgusting. Pull apart the facts from the calls of “fascism” and “banana republic” (which I heard way too much of during the 2000s) and it’s just hype. I really thought we’d have learned how to tell the difference between the two by now. I find the November Man novels of Bill Granger and various adaptations of John LeCarre (especially The Night Manager) as useful touchstones. Scummy things happen but usually for a lot less sexy reasons than what gets pushed when it comes to Trump. After… Read more »
Sean O'Brien
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Not familiar with Bill Granger, sounds interesting. I’ll see if they’ve got any of those November Man books at the library. For truly the Prophet sayeth that a poor man without a library card is like unto a man who stands on one foot and kicketh his own butt with the other.