This is indeed a low ebb for this country when an outstanding military officer like Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman chooses to resign his military career due to the petty viciousness of Donald Trump and cadre. Vindman has been up for promotion to Colonel and speculation is that he would not be granted the promotion. Tammy Duckworth went so far as to say that she would block the promotion of over 1,000 officers unless the Pentagon saw to it that Vindman would not be subjected to retaliation for his testimony during the impeachment proceedings. Duckworth, for her own part, is now in a culture war shitstorm of her own, with Tucker Carlson going on the air yet again last night, this time escalating his attack and calling Duckworth a “moron,” “coward,” “callous hack,” and “fraud.” Vindman has evidently had his fill of all of this, because he’s retiring. Washington Post:
“Through a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation, 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,” Pressman said. “LTC Vindman’s patriotism has cost him his career.”
This is beyond sobering. This is tragic that we, as a nation, are losing the service of a man, a patriot, of this caliber. This is what happens when a dumbed down electorate, coupled with interference from malignant foreign actors and a 20-year smear campaign against a legitimate politician devolves into the installation of a carnival act in the nation’s highest office. Life becomes farce and tragedy becomes routine.