Friday, February 14, 2020

The Atlantic: John Kelly says Vindman was right to report Trump's call with Zelensky

 Former White House chief of staff John Kelly said Wednesday that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, was right to raise concerns about Trump's July call to Ukraine's president, The Atlantic reported.
Kelly also believes that Vindman, who was fired from White House last week, told the truth during testimony before House investigators last fall.
"Having seen something 'questionable (in the call),' Vindman properly notified his superiors," Kelly said at an event at Drew University, according to the magazine. "When subpoenaed by Congress in the House impeachment hearings, Vindman complied and told the truth."
"He did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave," he said, according to the magazine. "He went and told his boss what he just heard."



  1. From cradle to grave when serving in the military.

    But serving the Commander-in-Chief at the White House is different than serving one's superiors in the military.

    Politics requires a difference set of skills to survive. A street smart political employee should think ahead and recognize what the price of failure is.

    In the military, you don't want a soldier to make a calculation if he'll be killed or not if he follows a certain order.

    But a soldier on loan to the National Security needs to protect first and foremost his boss in order to protect himself. Yes, the President was way out of line. But as history played out, the President weathered the storm. Someone who is politically savvy would have figured that out and saved their job by not be so persnickety about second-guessing the President.



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