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It’s obvious that Gen. Jim Mattis was upset. It’s equally obvious that he wasn’t in touch with reality. In an op-ed, which I won’t link to, Gen. Mattis wrote “I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled. The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”

What’s disgusting is that the police are protecting the protesters’ right to protest. Where politicians let them, the police have protected civilians, businesses and property. When idiots like Bill de Blasio, Andrew Cuomo, Jacob Frey and Tom Wolf have tied law enforcement’s hands, rioters have controlled this nation’s major cities after sunset.

Police officers were run over, shot in the head or murdered by rioters. Private property was demolished by the insurrectionists/terrorists. Minority businesses were burned to the ground after they were looted. Does Gen. Mattis think that we’d be better off letting these local officials make decisions that destroy minority neighborhoods while the liberal politicians give rioters room to riot?

Let’s not overlook Gen. Mattis’ statement about “those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.” Sending in military troops is constitutional. Article IV of he Constitution gives the commander-in-chief that authority. That isn’t making a “mockery of our Constitution.” That’s obeying the Constitution.

Mattis also wrote this:

Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.

With all due respect, Gen. Mattis, you’re relying on faulty intel. President Trump didn’t divide this nation. Antifa, Occupy Wall Street and other Democrat-aligned organizations have been dividing this nation for over 10 years. That’s a verified fact. According to this article, Antifa doesn’t hide its disgust for governance:

We spoke to secret Antifa groups in Oregon. They said they come from a variety of political backgrounds but they were united in their opposition to fascism, and they have an anti-government streak. They said they see creeping authoritarianism in the current American administration that they are looking to build “a movement that really insulates us from the policies of Donald Trump”.

That’s what division sounds like. Antifa/anarchist organizations have existed since the 1920s. That’s before President Trump was born.

It isn’t difficult to make the argument that the Obama administration abused the Constitution far more than the Trump administration has. Lois Lerner used the IRS to prevent TEA Party organizations from fully participating in the 2012 election. Lerner’s actions stripped these citizens of their First Amendment rights. The Obama FBI lied to the FISA Court to spy on Carter Page, thereby denying Page the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment rights.

In his op-ed, Gen. Mattis wrote this:

I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.

That’s sour grapes. Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution says “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.” President Trump isn’t overstepping his constitutional authorities. He’s thinking about exercising his constitutional authorities. To date, he hasn’t utilized the authority of Article IV, nor has he used the authority of the Insurrection Act of 1807.

President Trump let Gen. Mattis have it in this statement:

It’s time for Gen. Mattis to fully retire. It’s apparent that he isn’t a constitutional scholar. It’s apparent, too, that he didn’t figure it out that the commander-in-chief has an affirmative responsibility to protect the people of this nation.

Finally, would Gen. Mattis utilize the tactics and strategies that civilian Mattis is advocating for? I wouldn’t bet on it.

President Trump shouldn’t let the Minneapolis riots continue another day. It’s obvious that boy toy Jacob Frey and in-over-his-head Little Timmy Walz don’t have the will to do what’s needed to stop the rioters. Frey and Walz are pacifist Democrats in the truest sense of the word. They’re as feckless as George McGovern or Jimmy Carter.

Ed Morrissey nails the problem in this post. He highlights the fact that Gov. Walz is mobilizing the National Guard:


Then Ed notes “Mobilizing is one thing. Having the will to use that force is very much another thing. If all Walz plans to do with a fully mobilized Guard is to conduct bigger retreats, he might as well leave them at home and have Trump call them up instead.” At this point, there’s no reason to think that Gov. Walz, or any other Democrat in the state, has the fortitude to stop these terrorists and anarchists. What’s the result of the Democrats’ pacifism and appeasement? This:

As of Saturday morning, at least 232 businesses across the Twin Cities had been vandalized, looted or had doors and windows smashed. Some have been reduced to rubble, destroyed completely by fire. Others have reported extensive water damage or severe fire damage.
While this is an incomplete list, businesses near the Third Precinct are likely to have experienced damage. As protests spread across the metro, many larger companies with multiple locations have temporarily or indefinitely closed, including several CVS and 24 Target locations. We will continue to update as we learn more.

At this point, Jacob Frey is totally worthless. Tim Walz is terrible but Frey is utterly worthless. Too often, they’re siding with protesters without differentiating between local activists and out-of-town anarchists.

These Democrats’ pacifism have cost lots of minorities their life savings, their businesses. That’s totally unacceptable. It’s time for a man with a mean streak to re-establish order. Add St. Paul DFL Mayor Melvin Carter to the list of pacifist idiots:

It’s ok to feel heartbroken. I feel it too. That’s essentially Carter’s message. It’s word salad. What’s needed in this time of crisis is a leader who will step forward and tell the rioters that their actions will be met with overwhelming force. The key is separating the legitimate activists from the terrorists. Once that’s happened, it’s time to make those terrorists pay for their actions. If the activists refuse to separate from the terrorists, then they deserve to feel the force of law enforcement.

Too many lives are getting destroyed. Too little action is being taken to protect the minority communities from the terrorists. This is typical Frey:

Frey also defended the city’s largely hands-off approach with the looters. “We are doing everything that we can to keep the peace,” he said, adding that National Guard members were stationed around the city at banks, pharmacies and grocery stores.

What peace? Buildings are burning. Livelihoods are being lost. This is the state of Frey’s illusion.

The first affirmative responsibility of government, whether it’s at the local, state or federal level, is to protect its citizens. In Minneapolis, Jacob Frey has failed miserably at this responsibility. If I graded him on a scale of A-F, he’d get an F-. It wouldn’t take much to talk me into giving him a lower grade than that. The DFL mayor isn’t capable of doing his job. Metaphorically speaking, he’s in over his head in a mud puddle.

At the state level, Gov. Tim Walz has failed, too, though he hasn’t failed as badly as Frey. Still, he’s a portrait of incompetence. Just minutes ago, Gov. Walz posted this tweet:


Walz sounds more like he’s pleading with the terrorists and anarchists to stop looting and rioting:

“The absolute chaos — this is not grieving, and this is not making a statement [about an injustice] that we fully acknowledge needs to be fixed — this is dangerous,” Walz said. “You need to go home.”

No shit, Sherlock. It’s time for a real leader to stand up to these terrorists. Pleading with paid thugs to ‘please go home’ is a waste of time. They’re paid to incinerate cities. They don’t care if they aren’t honoring George Floyd. This video of the middle-of-the-night press conference is embarrassing:

Walz admits that the National Guard was numerically overwhelmed by the terrorists. Thursday night, when asked what the plan was, Frey answered the question with a question:

Implying that organized outsiders, perhaps including anarchists, white supremacists and drug cartel agents from outside Minnesota, were contributing to the chaos, Walz said, “The sheer number of rioters has made it impossible to make coherent arrests. … The capacity to be able to do offensive action was greatly diminished” by the sheer scope and seemingly organized nature of the assaults.

Forget about arresting these thugs at first, you blithering idiot. Hit them with rubber bullets. Make them feel pain. Don’t let these terrorists pillage the city. The arrests can happen afterwards. The first responsibility is to eliminate the threat to civilians and businesses.

In the 1970s, Democrats were known as appeasers and soft on crime. Today’s Democrats are pacifist appeasers, too, cut from the same cloth as Jimmy Carter and George McGovern. Listen to this stupidity from Frey:

“Minneapolis, I know you are reeling,” Frey said. “We as a city are so much more than this. We as a city can be so much better than this. There is no honor in burning down your city. There is no pride in looting local businesses that have become institutions of a neighborhood.”

“If you care about your community, you got to put this to an end. It needs to stop,” Frey said. “I know in my heart we can do it because I know in my heart that Minneapolis is everything we believe it to be.”

If you aren’t willing to use force to dispatch the terrorists, then Minneapolis isn’t “better than this.” At minimum, the city’s leadership isn’t better than this. When Frey said “I know in my heart we can do it”, you hear the Frey inner child crying out. It’s time to start a conversation with the citizens who are hurting. It isn’t time to start a conversation with the terrorists looting and vandalizing the city. To the terrorists vandalizing the city, it’s time to overwhelm them with everything, including the proverbial kitchen sink.

This isn’t leadership:


Gov. Walz and Mayor Frey, you’ve failed in your most basic responsibilities. You let the city get terrorized and the businesses to get overrun. That’s the definition of failure. Finally, that failure gets put solely at the feet of the DFL’s pacifists.

This article highlights the difficulties that will soon plague Mark Kelly’s senatorial campaign. Running as a pro-gun control Democrat in Arizona is a stiff fight as it is. The article now highlights the fact that Kelly’s firm, World View Enterprises, “announced during a visit to Beijing that Tencent had invested an undisclosed sum of money in the Tucson-based space travel venture. In April 2016, as part of a subsequent, $15 million investment round, World View announced that it had received more funds from Tencent, along with three other venture capital firms.”

That was then. This is now:

Tencent was already under intense U.S. scrutiny before the COVID-19 world crisis. In addition to the surveillance suspicions, Tencent also sparked a U.S. backlash for suspending its streaming of National Basketball Association games after the Houston Rockets’ general manager praised Hong Kong democracy protests last fall.

Now it’s radioactive. A recent University of Toronto study found that WeChat has been censoring keywords relating to the COVID-19 outbreak since at least Jan. 1. Several prominent lawmakers in recent weeks have deemed Tencent an arm of the Chinese Communist Party and a threat to U.S. national security. Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley in late April introduced a bill aimed at preventing Chinese espionage by prohibiting U.S. federal employees from conducting official business over platforms run by Tencent, Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese companies and barring U.S. tax dollars from being used for any international contracts with those firms.

It’s not just a GOP concern. The United Nations in mid-April backed out of a deal with Tencent to provide videoconferencing and text services at the organization’s 75th anniversary after U.S. officials, lawmakers and human rights groups complained. Louis Charbonneau, the U.N. director for Human Rights Watch, called Tencent “an enabler of Chinese government oppression.”

Normally, it’s 3 strikes and you’re out. I’m not certain that it’s 2 strikes in this instance. Being anti-gun in Arizona is a difficult challenge by itself. Being supported by the Chinese Communist Party while they’re hiding information about the Wuhan Virus isn’t positioning yourself well.

Kelly isn’t just anybody, either:

Mark Kelly, the former NASA astronaut who commanded the second-to-last space shuttle mission and spent 25 years in the Navy.

Arizonans hate the Chinese Communist Party. Couple that with the fact that Arizona has a significant ex-military population and things get plenty complicated pretty fast. It isn’t that this will kill Kelly’s candidacy automatically. It’s just that I’d consider it another heavy weight for Kelly to carry as he attempts to win a tight Senate race. This ad won’t help his cause:

I’m dealing with Joe Biden’s BS op-ed so you won’t have to read it. Actually, it’s highly likely that Biden didn’t write it. I’m not certain that he’s capable of stringing 3 consecutive coherent sentences together at this point.

The staffer’s op-ed opens by saying “The coronavirus, to date, has taken the lives of more than 79,000 Americans. One of every 5 U.S. workers has filed for unemployment, with the unemployment rate now the highest since the Great Depression. It is an extraordinary moment, the kind that begs for urgent, steady, empathetic, unifying leadership.”

Let’s deal with the urgency issue first. Just 10 days after the first human-to-human case was reported in the United States, President Trump issued a travel ban with Chine, though he brought home 40 U.S. nationals from China, which he was obligated to do. President Trump’s State Department worked tirelessly to get these U.S. nationals home. Upon arriving home, these people were quarantined immediately.

Meanwhile, Urgent Joe Biden criticized the decision:

“We need to lead the way with science, not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering,” he wrote. “He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.”

Where’s the urgency, Joe? All I hear is a politician attempting to sound relevant — and not doing a very good job of it. Next, let’s talk about how Andrew Cuomo, New York’s Democrat governor, found himself out of bed space and ventilators. President Trump rescued him on both counts. He ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to turn the Javits Center into a 2,900-bed hospital. Then he ordered the U.S. Navy to equip the USNS Comfort for additional bed space. This was expected to take 3-4 weeks. It took the Navy 4 days to properly equip the Comfort and send it to New York Harbor. Meanwhile, that harbor wasn’t deep enough to let the ship in so the Army Corps of Engineers went to work and made the harbor deep enough. Again, this was done in “Trump Time”, a phrase first coined by Trump Trade Adviser Peter Navarro:

Then Trump assigned Navarro the task of getting ventilators manufactured:

“In under 11 days, GM sourced materials, converted a manufacturing facility and trained a workforce to build life-saving ventilators in Kokomo, IN.”

Meanwhile, the Obama-Biden administration didn’t replace the ventilators used during the H1N1 crisis. That crisis happened in 2009. Talk about lacking urgency.

In a crisis, give me a leader who gets the important things done immediately over a man with empathy, whatever that means. President Trump fits that description perfectly. Is he a little rough around the edges? Yup. Does he get the important things done in “Trump Time”? That’s his specialty.

The truth is that everyone wants America to reopen as soon as possible — claiming otherwise is completely absurd. Governors from both parties are doing their best to make that happen, but their efforts have been slowed and hampered because they haven’t gotten the tools, resources and guidance they need from the federal government to reopen safely and sustainably.

That’s BS. Here in Minnesota, the people have dragged Tim Walz kicking and screaming to open the economy just a little. In Michigan and Illinois, Democrat Governors Gretchen Whitmer and J.B. Pritzker are still trying to keep their economies closed. They’ve been hampered by themselves, not the federal government. That’s before talking about Democrat Governors Cuomo and Murphy. They’re in a class all of their own.

Biden suffers from Obama Disease. That’s when you see things as you want to see them instead of seeing things as they actually are. It isn’t lethal but it’s crippling.

Aaron Rupar’s article is a perfect example of the MSM attempting to destroy a man’s reputation. Rupar started by writing that “President Donald Trump on Thursday seized upon new developments in the Michael Flynn case to reinvigorate his pet conspiracy theories about Obama-era law enforcement and intelligence community officials conspiring to bring him down.”

He followed that up by writing “First, some brief backstory. After being fired from his position as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency by President Obama in 2014, Flynn cozied up to Russia and became one of Trump’s more prominent campaign surrogates. Trump ignored advice Obama gave him during their November 2016 White House meeting and tapped him to be his first national security adviser, but Flynn planted the seeds of his own undoing before he even started the job by having secretive communications with Russian officials during the transition period.”

That’s sloppy journalism. It took me much less than a minute to find Gen. Flynn’s DIA bio. Here’s what it said about Gen. Flynn:

Michael T. Flynn graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1981 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in Military Intelligence. His first assignment was as a paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Since then, he has served in a variety of command and staff positions to include, Commander, 313th Military Intelligence Battalion and G2, 82nd Airborne Division; G2, 18th Airborne Corps, CJ2, CJTF-180 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan; Commander, 111th Military Intelligence Brigade at the Army’s Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Director of Intelligence, Joint Special Operations Command with duty in OEF and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF); Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command with duty in OEF and OIF; Director of Intelligence, the Joint Staff; Director of Intelligence, International Security Assistance Force-Afghanistan and US Forces-Afghanistan and Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, G2. He most recently served as the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Partner Engagement before becoming the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency on 24 July 2012.

Someone with that much experience within the IC knows that there’s no such thing as “secretive communications with Russian officials” at any point. That’s standard protocol. Rupar isn’t too bright if he thinks that Flynn wouldn’t know this. Then there’s this BS:

FBI leadership was already aware at that time that Flynn had phone calls with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period. In those calls, Flynn advised Kislyak not to respond to new sanctions the Obama administration placed on Russia for interfering (on Trump’s behalf) in the just-completed presidential election. Intercepts of Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak raised concerns within the bureau that Flynn had violated the Logan Act, a law that prohibits unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments.

Jonathan Turley, one of the top constitutional law professors in the nation, has a significantly different view of things:

The new documents also explore how the Justice Department could get Flynn to admit breaking the Logan Act, a law that dates back to from 1799 which makes it a crime for a citizen to intervene in disputes between the United States and foreign governments. It has never been used to convict a citizen and is widely viewed as flagrantly unconstitutional.

Serious people don’t take the Logan Act explanation seriously. First, there’s the question of its constitutionality. Next, there’s the question of whether the Logan Act fits with people who are the incoming national security adviser.

Let’s return to something else from earlier in Rupar’s article. Rupar wrote that “Trump ignored advice Obama gave him during their November 2016 White House meeting and tapped him to be his first national security adviser.” Why would a smart person trust anyforeign policy advice from President Obama? He’s the idiot who authorized John Kerry to negotiate, then sign the JCPOA. In case Democrats haven’t noticed, President Trump shredded all of President Obama’s economic and national security policies pretty much on Day One. They were that awful. In many ways, Trump is the anti-Obama. Obama is the cool kid that didn’t get anything done. President Trump is the guy nobody likes until they see everything he’s accomplished.

Personally, give me the guy with the lengthy list of accomplishments over the smooth talker.

President Trump has instructed the U.S. Navy to “shoot down and destroy” any Iranian gunboats harassing American ships. If the Iranian Navy has a death wish, the U.S. Navy should help them meet their 72 virgins.

According to the article, six “U.S. Navy warships were conducting drills with US Army Apache attack helicopters in international waters off Iran last Wednesday when they were repeatedly harassed by 11 Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Navy vessels, the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet reported. The Iranian ships repeatedly crossed in front and behind the U.S. vessels at extremely close range and high speeds, including multiple crossings of one ship, the Puller, with a 50-yard closest point of approach and within 10 yards of another ship, the Maui’s, bow, a 5th Fleet statement said.”

They’ve been warned multiple times. If this persists, Persian Gulf recreational divers will get new shipwrecks to explore. President Trump issued this tweet to announce his decision:

The Navy said that the Iranian’s dangerous and provocative actions “increased the risk of miscalculation and collision” and were in violation of international maritime “rules of the road.” The Navy also said they were not in accordance with international law to act safely with other vessels in the area.
The incident last week came one day after Iranian gunmen stormed a Hong Kong-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz before quickly leaving when they learned the vessel was from China.

The Iranian Navy has been put on notice. What happens next is their decision.

Apparently, Democrats think that the federal government is responsible for everything. That’s what you’d think if you just listened to Rep. Katharine Clark, a Democrat from Massachusetts. According to the article, Rep. Clark is quoted as saying “This is not how it is supposed to work. What we need is a coordinated federal system.”

The text of the Tenth Amendment states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Nowhere in the US Constitution does it talk about the executive branch to do the governors’ job. Each governor is expected to prepare for health crises. That includes stockpiling medical supplies like personal protection equipment, aka PPEs, ventilators, N95 masks, etc.

That also requires them to put in place plans on who does what when a crisis overwhelms the system. This is done in conjunction with the legislature so the best ideas become the official plan. After a crisis overwhelms a state, having a plan intact eliminates the confusion and speeds up the response because everything is laid out on an organizational chart.

Part of Sen. Schumer’s criticism of President Trump should actually be directed at Gov. Cuomo. Gov. Cuomo should’ve stockpiled ventilators after the H1N1 crisis. A wise administrator would’ve gotten out ahead of the situation. Nowhere in this article does Sen. Schumer talk about what Gov. Cuomo should do, though he spent plenty of time talking about what the federal government should be doing.

Sen. Schumer sent a letter to President Trump telling President Trump to put a senior military person in charge of supply chains. Here’s how President Trump responded to Sen. Schumer’s cheap shot:

Rear Admiral John Polowczyk is a professional by anyone’s estimation. Here’s just a smattering of information from his website:

Rear Adm. John Polowczyk is a native of Manhasset, Long Island, New York. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in engineering. He holds a Master of Science in Contract and Acquisition Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also completed an executive education program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

I mean, he just has an advanced degree from an Ivy League school. He doesn’t sound qualified to me. (I’m just kidding.)

It’s best to think of this as asking which level of government handles which part of the crisis best. Once that’s figured out, federalism becomes simple.

Ever since Impeachment Committee Chairman Adam Schiff impeached President Trump without citing a crime, we’ve known that it was just a matter of time until some lame-brained leftist Democrat would redeploy the Schiff Standard. That day arrived. The sad part is that it didn’t take long to arrive:

Professor Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government at American University, has penned an opinion column calling for President Trump to resign or be impeachment for his handling of the coronavirus crisis. It is just the latest in a long line of such impeachment theories that reflect a fundamental misconception of the function and standard for the removal of an American President.

Since Chairman Schiff has essentially instituted a whatever-a-majority-of-Congress-says-is-impeachable impeachment standard, it isn’t surprising that people are making up new impeachment charges. As Democrats become more desperate, we should expect these types of frivolous charges to come more often against Republicans. Democrats have shown that they’re a vindictive lot of sore losers. This treachery will become the new normal for Democrats.

If this becomes the Democrats’ new normal, then I pray that voters punish Democrats for being sore losers. Shame on them for not accepting the outcome of legitimate elections. You lost in 2016. A 4-year hissy fit just proves that you’re whiny little children. Whiny little children aren’t fit to govern. That privilege is reserved for adults.

Schiff’s problem isn’t that he’s a whiny little child. Schiff’s problem, along with every other Democrat that voted to impeach or convict President Trump, is that he’s a dishonest SOB. Trusting him is as stupid as trusting this professor. Then again, trusting any Democrat that voted to impeach or convict President Trump on the basis of hearsay testimony is stupid.

Schiff is an annoying SOB. He’s proven that by this:

President Trump said he is seriously considering a pardon for former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn. “So now it is reported that, after destroying his life & the life of his wonderful family (and many others also), the FBI, working in conjunction with the Justice Department, has ‘lost’ the records of General Michael Flynn. How convenient. I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!” Trump tweeted on Sunday.


House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff quickly tweeted that Trump should keep his “focus on the current crisis” surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, adding that “the delay in testing and your failure to lead are already costing us dearly.” “Your attacks on the independence of the justice system and rewarding of cronies who lied for you can wait,” the California Democrat said. “Incompetence kills.”

My message to Professor Edelson is the same as my message to Chairman Schiff. Shut up and go away. Your warped thinking is hurting civilized society. Please stop wasting my time with your stupidity.

When former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly tried defending Lt. Col. Vindman, he made a major mistake. That isn’t in dispute. What’s still in question is whether it was a mistake or whether it was intentional.

Vindman was rightly disturbed by Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July, Kelly suggested: Having seen something “questionable,” Vindman properly notified his superiors, Kelly said.

In his testimony, Lt. Col. Vindman said that his first call was to a lawyer. His first call should have been to Tim Morrison. This actually happened during Jim Jordan’s cross-examination of Lt. Col. Vindman:

During Jordan’s cross-examination, Lt. Col. Vindman said that he first called a lawyer named John Eisenberg. Later, Lt. Col. Vindman testified that he attempted to contact “Tim Morrison, the former top Russia and Europe adviser on President Donald Trump’s National Security Council.”

Jordan followed up, saying “Not only didn’t you go to your boss. You said you tried but you didn’t go to your boss, you went straight to the lawyer and the lawyer told you not to go to your boss? Lt. Col. Vindman replied “No, he didn’t tell me until — what ended up unfolding is I had the conversation with the attorney, I did my coordination. I did my core function, which is coordination. I spoke with the appropriate people in the interagency and then I circled back around to Mr. Eisenberg told me not to talk with anyone else.”

Congressman Jordan then read from the transcript. He asked Lt. Col. Vindman “Why didn’t you go to your direct report, Mr. Morrison? This is page 102. Because Mr. Eisenberg had told me to take my concerns to him. Then I asked you ‘Did Mr. Eisenberg tell you not to report, to go around Mr. Morrison?’ And you said “Actually, he did say that, that you shouldn’t talk to any other people. Is that right?'”

That’s a pretty major difference. At the time of the call, Tim Morrison was the top Russia and Europe adviser on President Donald Trump’s National Security Council. According to this article, “Moments after President Trump ended his phone call with Ukraine’s president on July 25, an unsettled national security aide rushed to the office of White House lawyer John Eisenberg.”

I’m betting that Gen. Kelly doesn’t think that the military trains its officers to go around the military’s chain of command. That wouldn’t make sense. In that light, Gen. Kelly’s previous comment sounds more like a generic defense of Lt. Col. Vindman than a full-throated defense of Lt. Col. Vindman. It also sounds a bit like sour grapes.

The truth is that Lt. Col. Vindman isn’t the hero that the MSM consistently portrays him as. Lt. Col. Vindman is a military veteran who earned a Purple Heart. For that, I salute him. For his work at the NSC, I thank him but I don’t think of him as a hero.