Since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has said and done many outrageous things. Democrats sought to show that the outrages were impeachable while Republicans excused his words and deeds with statements such as “That is Trump being Trump,” “He’s only joking,” “Watch what he does, not what he says,” or “We’ve got a great economy.”
Readers of this column know that I have advised against impeachment, but the president’s recent executive order to pull back American forces from the Turkish border in northeast Syria and abandoning the Kurdish forces there, I find personally revolting.
From 1965 through 1968, I was an electronic warfare officer on a B-52 combat crew. I spent two weeks out of every five living with the airplanes on alert, ready at a moment’s notice to launch and strike targets within the Soviet Union with nuclear weapons. We flew day-long airborne alert missions over the polar icepack. Had the Soviets attacked our early warning radar site in Greenland, we were tasked with penetrating Soviet airspace and destroying our targets in response.
My wife and I sacrificed much to be part of the Strategic Air Command’s effort to keep free countries free. I believe that if President Trump’s action to expose the Kurds to Turkish invasion is not severely punished, it will lead to America’s place as the guarantor of world freedom being disintegrated, leaving our “allies’ in Europe and Asia seeking a new great power to protect them. Trump’s abandoning of the Kurds places doubt in all our allies’ faith in America. He must be removed from office immediately or else our nation’s security and economic future will be in jeopardy.
How can this removal be done quickly? At least 20 Republican U.S. senators must rise to the occasion, go to the president, giving him a choice. Either he resigns immediately or they will vote for his removal after the House impeaches him. He can claim that his bone spurs are causing severe pain and his physician recommends extended complete rest with no stress. He can say that he feels confident the President Pence will continue the great things that the administration is doing.
Are there 20 Republicans in the Senate who have the courage to do what is right for our country and for the world? I hope so. Then those who want a true Republican in the White House can work towards a victory in 2020.