Mr. Vind­man, lose the uni­form

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - BY CHARLES HURT

opinion. It was your con­cern that the new pres­i­dent was not recit­ing your talk­ing points and even may have been al­ter­ing for­eign pol­icy — a pre­rog­a­tive that is in his do­main and his do­main alone. The only ex­cep­tions, ac­cord­ing to the Con­sti­tu­tion, are treaties and dec­la­ra­tions of war, which re­quire Se­nate ap­proval.

Nowhere in the Con­sti­tu­tion does it say any­thing about any kind of pol­icy an­a­lyst — in uni­form or oth­er­wise — who has any au­thor­ity what­so­ever to over­ride or un­der­mine for­eign poli­cies set by those elected by the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

In your tes­ti­mony, you com­plained that Pres­i­dent Trump failed to re­cite your talk­ing points about “cor­rup­tion” in Ukraine. That is ac­tu­ally worse than just your ir­rel­e­vant opinion. It is false.

Pres­i­dent Trump ab­so­lutely did raise the topic of cor­rup­tion in Ukraine. He just hap­pened to talk about cor­rup­tion in Ukraine that Democrats in Congress — and ap­par­ently you, too — wish to ig­nore.

Again, Mr. Vind­man, we ap­pre­ci­ate your ser­vice to the coun­try. In fact, it is the rev­er­ence for mil­i­tary ser­vice that should have in­spired you to leave your uni­form at home.

Un­like count­less other mil­i­tary of­fi­cers who tes­tify be­fore Congress, you were not speak­ing on be­half of the mil­i­tary or the coun­try.

You were there to bleat your ir­rel­e­vant opin­ions about things far above your pay grade.

The honor of that uni­form is rooted in the tra­di­tion of self­lessly serv­ing your coun­try.

It is the best that uni­form stands for. Not self-ab­sorbed preen­ing be­fore the cam­eras to pea­cock all your stupid opin­ions about how you dis­agree with your com­man­der-in-chief.

So, for the sake of all your fel­low ser­vice mem­bers, leave the uni­form at home the next time you take part in a po­lit­i­cal show trial that is all part of an or­ches­trated coup.

Con­tact Charles Hurt at [email protected]­ing­ or on Twit­ter @charleshur­t.

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