Streetwise Professor

February 11, 2020

Tweedle-Alex and Tweedle-Yevgeny. An American Dreyfus Affair–Not.

Filed under: History,Military,Politics — cpirrong @ 6:53 pm

Even as jaded and cynical as I am, I am agog at the hysterical reaction to the re-assignment of the Vindman twins. Note: re-assignment. They were not consigned to Gitmo or Devil’s Island or even Leavenworth. Hell, it’s unlikely that they will even draw a crap duty assignment. Thule, Greenland, say. They were active duty military personnel switched from one REMF duty assignment to another. Cry me a river. Then jump in it.

It goes with the territory.

But to hear the likes of Ben Wittes and other assorted ticks deeply embedded in the Deep State, this routine part of military life was the American equivalent of the Dreyfus Affair. One can just hear them: “J’accuse! J’accuse!”

At the very least, Tweedle-Alex and Tweedle-Yevgeny were opposed to the policies of the President of the United States. The President, as chief executive and commander and chief, has every right to expect those who are charged with carrying out his policies agree with them, or at the very least, put aside their personal differences and dutifully execute those policies to the best of their ability. If so doing offends their sense of honor, they should resign, or request re-assignment.

But there is evidence that Tweedle-A and Tweedle-Y did more than disagree intellectually with their commander-in-chief’s policies: they actively sought to undermine them. Indeed, there is a colorable case that they were at the very least insubordinate, and perhaps criminal, in going outside the chain-of-command to oppose the lawful authority of the CinC/chief executive.

In which case, their fate is far, far too kind.

The freak out over their “firing” is very revealing, no? Constitutionally, the case is crystal clear. The President has the clear Constitutional authority to assign these guys anywhere. He has the clear right to staff his administration with people who will implement his policies, and will not oppose him.

But the DC mafia clearly believes that positions in the National Security Council or other executive departments are sinecures beyond the reach of the chief executive. This lot considers the unelected bureaucracy to be the fourth branch of government, and indeed, not a mere co-equal to the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, but a superior branch.

There is no greater threat to the Constitutional order–and to liberty–than an overawing and unaccountable bureaucracy. Far more draconian measures are necessary than the mere reassignment of mid-level apparatchiks like the Tweedles.

Today’s news brings another example of the grandiosity of our unelected and unaccountable betters. The four prosecutorial thugs (who include veterans of Mueller’s posse who despite their clear animus and prejudice couldn’t find bupkus on Trump) who recommended the vindictive and punitive sentencing of Roger Stone to 9 years in prison (for doing no worse than James Comey, Andrew McCabe, James Clapper, and other assorted CNN and MSNBC flacks did) resigned in a huff after Main Justice objected to their recommendation–which occurred after Trump tweeted (how else?) his anger at their action.

Good riddance. If there is a god, it will start a trend. Only several hundred-thousand to go.

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  1. When the definitive history of the overwrought Resistance is written, I really hope Wittes gets his due. I find him mildly annoying but not entirely odious as a personality. But *intellectually* his influence for the past 4 years has been pretty pernicious. I’d put him up there with the likes of Elliot Cohen and Samantha Power in the ranks of influential people who did a lot to spread highly consequential bad ideas.

    Comment by sam — February 11, 2020 @ 7:38 pm

  2. On another blog comment thread I remarked on the American system of elective monarchy. This remark dependably attracts much ire – rather dim ire, if you ask me. This biz of the Prez being able to sack, or even merely reassign, military officers, is a case in point. It’s the sort of thing Charles I might have tried and James VII & II certainly would have done. In other words it’s not only a monarchy, it’s a 17th century monarchy. So be it – it’s your country not mine.

    Whether it’s wiser to leave the choice of monarch to an Electoral College or an Act of Parliament may not be as big a deal as the question of how much power the monarch should have.

    Comment by dearieme — February 12, 2020 @ 10:44 am

  3. Back to real tyranny:

    Comment by Sotosy1 — February 12, 2020 @ 1:16 pm

  4. That is what John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine Corps general no less, has to say on the matter:

    But when Vindman heard Trump tell his counterpart he [DT] wanted to see the Biden family investigated, he [VINDMAN]understood he was hearing an “an illegal order,” Kelly said. He said: “We teach them, ‘Don’t follow an illegal order. And if you’re ever given one, you’ll raise it to whoever gives it to you that this is an illegal order, and then tell your boss.”

    That is what Vindman did.

    Comment by br blbo — February 13, 2020 @ 8:54 am

  5. The 4 thugs resigned when they learned that Trump had withdrawn the Liu nomination. She was running backchannel cover for them. They are just more bad actors caught in this gigantic ongoing sting operation. Wait till March!

    Comment by Richard Whitney — February 13, 2020 @ 1:32 pm

  6. @br blbo–Bullshit. There was no order to Vindman involved. There is a real issue of whether Vindman transmitted classified information to an unauthorized recipient (Ciaramella–there, I said it).

    What is known for certain is that Vindman did NOT communicate through channels.

    Kelly is talking out his ass on this, and IDGAF if he is a Marine 4 star or not. Generals are not gods.

    Comment by cpirrong — February 15, 2020 @ 4:56 pm

  7. “I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.”

    Comment by Ex-Global Super-Regulator on Lunch Break — February 17, 2020 @ 3:18 am

  8. errr… it doesn’t matter whether it was an order directed to Vindman, or whether Vindman overheard an order to someone else.

    Comment by br blbo — February 18, 2020 @ 12:28 pm

  9. @br bilbo. Wrong again. First, what is the evidence of any order? Second, even if there was an illegal order, Vindman had to take it up with his chain of command, not leaking it to some CIA dipshit completely outside his chain of command.

    Comment by cpirrong — February 22, 2020 @ 5:43 pm

  10. errr. he reported it to NSC’s lead counsel, not someone at the CIA.

    confused dot com

    Comment by br blbo — February 24, 2020 @ 10:11 am

  11. br bilbo. He whined to the lead counsel about the transcript. That’s different than objecting to an illegal order.

    Please inform me what order he was given that was (in his mind anyways, illegal).

    And if he didn’t go to some CIA twat, how did some CIA twat become a whistleblower?

    Comment by cpirrong — February 28, 2020 @ 6:07 pm

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