Disgraced

 

Yes, I do have thoughts about Trump’s betrayal of this nation at Helsinki.

Hop on over to Military.com and read the collaborative work I did with other Gold Star family members and Vietnam veterans in response to Trump aligning himself with Putin over his own intelligence community.

The question remains what will Congress do?

What will we do to ensure Congress does its job of protecting American interests?

 

Karen Spears Zacharias

Author/Journalist/Educator. Gold Star Daughter.

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AFRoger

about 3 weeks ago

I read your joint post on Military.com. It's not just combat veterans and Gold Star families whose service and sacrifice continue to be desecrated by the betrayal of President Trump. There are a whole class of us out here who served in our armed forces' security services keeping watch over the actions of the former Soviet Union for signs of any military activity that might be a threat to Western Europe, the U.S.A.--anywhere else in the world for that matter. I had nine months of intensive Russian language training. I still speak the language. I served overseas for two years and nine months, working a rotating shift in which my sleep schedule changed from swing to graveyard to day shifts every four days. I will never recover from the lost sleep and more than a few of us have permanent tinnitus from all the noise and static coming through our headphones. Still... we kept the Cold War from becoming hot. There are no public memorials to us, and there were no "Mission Accomplished" proclamations or "Welcome Home" parades because It is ongoing, endless work. We have no "war stories" that involve the explosion of ordnance, the dressing of wounds and evacuation of the wounded and the KIA, the return of withering fire. Just a few memories of things we heard and reported that no heavily armed Marine or top gun pilot could have dealt with--because we spoke and understood the language and could track the activity and report it. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TOOK ALL OUR SERVICE AND RELIEVED HIMSELF ALL OVER IT. Let's be frank and honest. He took the flag and wiped Putin's butt with it. In public! Senator McCain was entirely correct but far too kind. And come November, this President wants a military parade to congratulate himself on having attained the status of autocrat for life. By all reasonable standards, the military should refuse this direct order that uses them for nothing but a meal to feed the president's insatiable ego appetite. Trump was partially right about one thing, though. The USA was foolish--foolish to have given a party nomination to a person who refused to disclose his financial dealings and who refused to surrender his financial empire. Money, its sources, and the prospects for more for the Trump dynasty are what rule this man. Not knowing these things, we willfully blinded ourselves, thereby inflicting damage to our country--and likely to the world--that we will never repair. Trump's performance in Helsinki was both predictable and predicted. The following statements were posted on the website of Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse the evening before the disastrous "Sellout Summit": Things Every American Should Know Before the Trump-Putin Helsinki meeting: 1. Exactly who is Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader our president is about to meet with in Helsinki? And what does he want? It’s a complicated question. But here’s what we do know… 2. Putin is a murderer. He has ordered the assassinations of political adversaries and used outlawed chemical weapons to do it. He oversees Russian military units that shot down Malaysian flight 17 and murdered almost 300 civilians. 3. Putin is a crook and a liar. He has broken almost every agreement he has signed with the United States, including on Syria and Ukraine. He has become one of the world's richest men through embezzlement and stealing from his own people. 4. Putin is an enemy of America. He sees us as his main enemy and is engaged in ongoing attacks on our nation through information warfare and hacking our infrastructure. It’s not just that he messed with our election in 2016; he attacks us regularly, and will again in 2018. 5. Remember, Putin ordered the influence operations that have been exposed in the most recent indictments, did not hesitate to invade Ukraine and Georgia, organized a coup in Montenegro, funded xenophobic political parties across Europe, and crippled Estonia with cyberattacks. 6. No matter how much Putin flatters the President, he is a KGB thug who jails political opponents, encourages/orders the murder of Russian dissidents and defectors at home and abroad, and who directs a military that bombs women, children, and the injured in hospitals in Syria. 7. I don't think President Trump should be dignifying Putin with this meeting. When Reagan met with Gorbachev, he did so from a position of strength & moral clarity about the evil empire that the Soviet Union was, and w/ a clear purpose to end the Soviet Union's threat to the U.S. 8. President Trump should have only one message for Putin tomorrow: Quit messing with America.

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Karen Spears Zacharias

about 3 weeks ago

Oh, Roger, you are exactly right, of course. So many, many more sacrifices have been made, and trashed by this joke of a president. I am sorry we failed to mention the kind of service you and so many others have done. Silent public servants among us. Thank you for speaking out.

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