Lt. Col. Vindman Continues Spreading Debunked Russia Hysteria
This week, Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and Trump impeachment witness Alexander Vindman spoke to Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic and called President Trump a “useful idiot” of Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
Vindman, in his first interview since leaving the military, said that “President Trump should be considered to be a useful idiot and a fellow traveler, which makes him an unwitting agent of Putin,” according to American Military News.
Asked by The Atlantic if Russia has compromising information against Trump, Vindman said “They may or may not have dirt on him, but they don’t have to use it.”
“They have more effective and less risky ways to employ him,” Vindman said. “He has aspirations to be the kind of leader that Putin is, and so he admires him. He likes authoritarian strongmen who act with impunity, without checks and balances. So he’ll try to please Putin.”
Vindman continued, saying, “In the Army we call this ‘free chicken,’ something you don’t have to work for—it just comes to you. This is what the Russians have in Trump: free chicken.”
Asked why he wanted to speak out against Trump, Vindman said, “I was drawn into this by the president, who politicized me. I think it’s important for the American people to know that this could happen to any honorable service member, any government official. I think it’s important for me to tell people that I think the president has made this country weaker. We’re mocked by our adversaries and by our allies, and we’re heading for more disaster.”
Vindman said, “Truth is a victim in this administration, I think it’s Orwellian—the ultimate goal of this president is to get you to disbelieve what you’ve seen and what you’ve heard. My goal now is to remind people of this.”
We can see from this that Vindman was a bad actor in the administration, and obviously deserved to be fired from the National Security Council. Now, deservedly so, he’s reduced to parroting MSNBC talking points.