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Fri Nov 8, 2019, 08:24 AM

Iraq veteran: We defended American democracy. Now we're asking Congress to do the same.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2019/11/07/veterans-defended-american-democracy-now-congress-must-step-up-column/4169710002/?fbclid=IwAR0jpy6a6ABNKziPfUZCQzV2c7m50uTd8vXSlLWCVeGPuykipOzhf5Iv1co

Iraq veteran: We defended American democracy. Now we're asking Congress to do the same.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and I took the same oath to serve America and the Constitution. And in Iraq, in October 2004, we bled on the same sand.
Alan Pitts
Opinion contributor

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Our president attempted to use his office to coerce a foreign government for help in his political campaign, and put our national security at risk by withholding nearly $400 million in military aid that Congress, a coequal branch of government, had already approved on a broad, bipartisan basis. Now, the same members of Congress who approved that funding say itís OK for President Donald Trump to make that aid contingent on help for his campaign. How is that loyalty to your country?

Unacceptable:Questioning Lt. Col. Vindman's loyalty to this country is un-American.

Last time I checked, ďliberty and justice for allĒ meant no one is above the law. Last time I checked, ďfor the people, by the peopleĒ meant that our democracy was not for sale. The accusations against President Trump are gravely serious, and itís high time everyone in our country found the courage to start treating them as such.

Don't tear us down for political games

Veterans have frequently been the ones speaking out about this administrationís abuses of power ó from former special counsel Robert Mueller to acting acting Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, and now Alexander Vindman. If we sink to the level of attacking the intentions of those who served our country and put themselves in harmís way for our democracy, then I donít know where we go next. Everyone I served with had our countryís best interests at heart and they are to be respected, not torn down for political games. The stakes are too high, and no one knows that better than us.

Thatís why I and dozens of other veterans are launching the nonpartisan Defend American Democracy project. From Washington state to Washington, D.C., men and women who put themselves in harmís way to stand up for our democracy are standing up again to call on Congress to do its constitutional duty ó to protect the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Our members of Congress swore the same oath we did, and have the same duty to protect what our veterans have put their lives on the line to protect for 243 years: our Constitution and our democracy, not politics. Weíve done our part, now itís time that our elected representatives find the courage to do theirs.



Alan Pitts, a retired Army sergeant, served from 2001 to 2006. Follow him on Twitter: @A_Pitts515

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babylonsister Nov 8 OP
MagickMuffin Nov 8 #1
Hortensis Nov 8 #3
Hermit-The-Prog Nov 8 #6
Boomerproud Nov 8 #4
crickets Nov 8 #2
pwb Nov 8 #5
Aristus Nov 8 #7

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 09:19 AM

1. I'm sorry but he should clarify his statement the republicons in Congress


are not doing their jobs to uphold the Oath of their Office and the Constitution.

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Response to MagickMuffin (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 10:35 AM

3. +100. I looked and Sgt. Pitts agrees about Republicans.




The OP message was probably softened for conservative veterans unwilling to face what Republicans in congress are doing, and that this is in effect aligning with Democrats.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 12:40 PM

6. thanks for finding and posting that

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Response to MagickMuffin (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 10:53 AM

4. Isn't it a sad reflection of the times that what he is

doing requires courage? I am so over the apathetic general public who care more about stupid sports events or who wins American Idol.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 10:30 AM

2. Wonderful letter. Thank you. Sgt Pitts! K&R

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 11:00 AM

5. In puke world Veterans are unpatriotic and cowards are heroes ???

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 12:51 PM

7. I hate to dump on a fellow veteran, but we weren't defending American democracy by fighting in Iraq.

We weren't even defending Iraqi democracy in Iraq.

We went in after the oil. Bottom line.

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