In late 2016 and early 2017, I wrote some very early, impassioned threads about the existential danger Trump posed to American national security.
Those threats have been realized for three straight years. https://www.ericgarland.co/2018/04/14/game-theory-5/ …
As the testimony from Ukraine foreign service professionals crescendos, we see what Trump does to harm America in favor of his foreign masters:
- Corrode America's alliances
- Make America's word worthless
- Portray America as dysfunctional and corrupt as Russia
Trump isn't merely greedy, vain, or corrupt - he systematically attempts to damage all of America's greatest assets:
- Moral high ground gained after WWII
- Rule of law
- Freedom from primitive corruption
- Sound partnership
- Vision for a shared future
Trump's affair with Giuliani, Lutsenko, Parnas, Fruman, Sondland, Volker, Perry, and US media (!) conspirators exemplifies this campaign to destroy America's credibility, separate it from allies and partners, and weaken America in favor of authoritarians.
And it doesn't even appear that the forgeries were even done by Americans.
(Note: syntax analysis is an intelligence technique to guess the origin of a non-native speaker of English, who often use foreign grammar or word order.)
Giuliani's Ukrainian partner Lutsenko gets hammered and starts complaining to his countrymen that the U.S. Embassy isn't into U.S. partisan politics enough for his liking. Even when he has U.S. media on his side! Imagine!
Because check it out: if a country cannot believe that a U.S. Embassy carries the true perspective on American policy, then they're no better than tourists.
Their promises mean nothing. Treaties? Line bird cages with them.
This is no bureaucratic detail.
Why did these Ukrainians conspire with Giuliani to remove Yovanovitch? Kent sums it up: Her commitment to the rule of law cost him a job, so he aimed to harm U.S. national security.
And Trump & Company helped.
There are more details, but let's not miss the forest for the trees.
Trump is a lawless threat to national security who has betrayed his oath and his country. He must be held to account.
Only America's enemies benefit from Trump's continued profanity in the Oval Office, chief among them: Russia.
And so now we impeach Trump. Legally. With due process.
This impeachment will not override the election of 2016 - it will hold a public servant accountable under the Constitution.
Because we are *not* like Russia and the lawless places it would use and abuse.
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