From Zero to Hero
It wasn’t too long ago that the President’s foes, broadly known as “The Resistance” were saying that anyone serving on Trump’s White House staff are traitors. Try not to be surprised that the Resistance is now outraged that the President dismissed two Army Colonels on detail to the White House NSC staff. This is the world of “Zero to Hero” where all you have to do to be a hero to the President’s opponents is do something anti-Trump and you are Ulysses reborn.
LTC Alexander Vindman is a Ukraine-Hawk, advocating for a vigorous armed defense of that country against Russian aggression. This is not a shock given that his family are recent immigrants from that country.
In the previous administration, where armed assistance to Ukraine was denied out of a fear that it would provoke Russia, LTC Vindman would have been considered to be a man with dangerously subversive ideas contrary to the Obama administration’s policies. Had he told Ukrainian officials that they need not pay any attention to President Obama or his policies and that he would intervene on their behalf, he would have been in big trouble. Had he appeared before Congress saying that he was convinced that Obama’s non-interventionalist posture posed a danger to U.S. national security, he would be in big trouble. If he leaked to the media his displeasure with Obama’s policies towards Ukraine, he would be in big trouble. And the same people praising him now would say he was a traitor. These are all things LTC Vindman did working for President Trump, who relieved him of his duties at the White House.