A code of honor – the deep state reports for duty

I would lay down my life for America but I cannot trifle with my Honor.  John Paul Jones

Army Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Alexander Vindman, Ukrainian by birth, according to most media is a war hero speaking truth to the corrupt.  To put this in perspective, John Kerry was also a media made war hero.  I read some firsthand accounts about LTC Vindman’s conduct during service.  The American Greatness blog has a must-read post for anyone interested in knowing the real deal rather than what’s presented in the media.  Read it, share it far and wide because in our time the truth rarely sees daylight in the American Pravda press.

According to the American Greatness article by Debra Heine, LTC (retired) Jim Hickman has a much different view:

The bottom-line is LTC Vindman was a partisan Democrat at least as far back as [2013]. So much so, junior officers & soldiers felt uncomfortable around him. This is not your professional, field-grade officer, who has the character & integrity to do the right thing. Do not let the uniform fool you…he is a political activist in uniform. I pray our nation will drop this hate, vitriol & division, & unite as our founding fathers intended!

I didn’t know this officer from Adam, but my BS detector (Army issue for noncommissioned officers) activated as soon as I witnessed a pudgy Army officer decked out in dress blues headed to testify at Congressman Adam Schiff’s kangaroo court.  Lately, military officers, mostly retired Admirals and Generals, speak ill of the President.  If you believe their in-service conduct did not reflect a political bias, you could be a bit naïve.  It explains why too many of our Soldiers stand charged with crimes for carrying out their duties.

Members of the United States Military swear an oath to among other things, “obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me.” In our free country, the military reports to civilian leadership.  At the top of that chain is the Commander in Chief.  The duly elected President of the United States.  The oath does not require you to like the President, to like his or her policies, or to like anything about the person.  It requires you to be apolitical and carry out direction, legal orders and policy of the officers appointed over you.  It certainly does not allow you to act as a political partisan.  In the great scheme of things, everyone has their opinions.  The difference is honor.  Serving Soldiers, most especially senior Soldiers, do not express public opinions about the chain of command or the civilian leadership of the Armed Forces.  The oath and core values are a code of honor.

I remember Carter’s Army and Clinton’s and others.  As does everyone, I had my opinions.  There was little if anything I liked about either man or their policies.  In some well documented instances, their character flaws as well.  But those opinions were close hold.  Because my oath and the code of honor by which I was bound required that. 

In the military chain of command (speaking from an Army viewpoint) the opportunity to offer input or opinion is always there.  As a First Sergeant and Command Sergeant Major, I served 9 different commanders.  Each one knew what I thought of every important decision before them.  They also knew the decision was theirs to make.  Then it became ours because my opinion ended at the point where the commander made a decision.  Of course, with the caveat of legality.  The challenge for Soldiers, especially those in leadership, is to put opinions aside and not allow them to interfere with duty performance.  That’s tough and as LTC Vindman is reported to have done, you certainly do not share your political opinions with members of a foreign Army or members of the US military junior in rank to you.

LTC Vindman has entered dangerous waters.  Maybe, with a privileged White House assignment where one reports for duty in civilian clothing, he forgot about the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).  Or forgot that he was a commissioned officer in the United States Army.  It may be a good idea for him to look up Article 94 – mutiny and sedition.  Congressmen and Women, can lie, twist the truth, and say about anything and are only held accountable by voters.  When you are a serving military officer subject to the UCMJ who decides to take on the Commander in Chief, you are on thin ice.  Truly thin if the truth is not on your side.  Your opinion?  Well, it doesn’t matter.  You cannot be an Army officer and a political activist.

Manual for Courts-Martial, United States.  18. Article 94 a. (2) “Any person subject to this chapter who with intent to cause or overthrow or destruction of lawful civil authority, creates, in concert with any other person, revolt, violence, or other disturbance against that authority is guilty of sedition.”

LTC Vindman, you are being used as a tool.  No one on Capitol hill and no retired Admiral or General will come to your aid if the legal hammer falls.  Hope you’ve planned ahead.

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