LTC Vindman to retire.....
More on this story from yesterday.
...I think the 24 hour rule should apply here, but if true then I would have given anything to be a fly on the wall when it was explained to him how many of his brother officers, missing their promotions because of SEN Duckworth's political grandstanding, would be perfectly willing to accept his head on a silver platter.

The statement from his lawyer is a marvel of blame shifting. Read it, and be amazed.


[LawAndCrime] After more than 21 years of military service,
...at least three years longer than he deserved...
Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman is retiring today after it has been made clear that his future within the institution he has dutifully served will forever be limited.
Thank goodness for that.
Over the last months, LTC Vindman has been guided by a very simple and very American principle: ’here, right matters.’ He has spoken publicly once,
...and privately entirely too often...
and only pursuant to a subpoena from the United States Congress. Compelled to testify, this decorated soldier was thrust into a conversation that goes to the heart of our country’s values, and its future.

Through a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation, the President of the UnitedStates 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.
Actually, President Trump succeeded in forcing him to choose: between fighting a losing battle and not fighting a losing battle. The retired LTC chose wisely.
LTC Vindman did what the law compelled him to do; and for that he was bullied by the President and his proxies. And yet, LTC Vindman would not be intimidated and will not be corrupted. He did what he always done: put the interests of his county ahead of his own.

LTC Vindman’s patriotic
...he means patriotism, or possibly patriotic duty — it’s not clear from the text. Hopefully he isn’t one of those expensive attorneys...
has cost him his career. Today our country loses a devoted soldier but it is incumbent upon all of us to ensure it does not lose the values he represents.
Please, let us throw away the values he represents.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski 2020-07-09