I didn’t vote for him, but was a supporter from day one. I agreed with most of his policies, and especially enjoyed all the schadenfreude and bulging eyeballs on the left. I never liked his personal behaviors; but who does?
Now, I’m done. The retreat from Syria, and the resignation/firing of the Secretary of Defense lead me to decide President Donald Trump is a threat to national security.
Yes, the withdrawal from Syria fulfills a campaign promise, but the way it was done must discourage our military. How will they react the next time this President or future leaders ask them to put their lives on the line? The President’s decision on Syria was contrary to the advice of his own military advisers. That decision, and the firing of the Secretary of Defense lend comfort to our enemies (Iran and Russia), and are discomfiting to our allies (Israel, NATO, South Korea).
The President serves at the pleasure of Congress, as written in Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution:
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
The Constitution provides a legal process, but the decision is political. Here is one definition of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’:
“The charge of high crimes and misdemeanors covers allegations of misconduct by officials, such as perjury of oath, abuse of authority, bribery, intimidation, misuse of assets, failure to supervise, dereliction of duty, unbecoming conduct.”
It’s clear where history will stand on this: the President on a daily basis shows us the quality of his judgment and character. This is a huge opportunity for any Senator or Congressman, especially any Republican, to set themselves apart from the herd. Call for impeachment. Congress should make it clear that when a President makes decisions like this, contrary to professional advice and without careful consultation with our allies, they will lose support of Congress and their job. National security is too important.
The bottom line
Sadly, I told you so. I’ve written before about the tendency to start military involvements that we don’t finish, and our failure to support allies. Harry Truman was a non-entity before being pushed into the Oval Office. Hopefully, Mike Pence will turn out to be just as good.