Undermining the NATO alliance
No rational American can argue that the current occupant of the White House is not doing his level best to economically, politically and militarily undermine the NATO alliance. Unfortunately, the 2016 election taught us that there are more than 60 million irrational Americans among us. The children and grandchildren of World War II veterans shouldn’t need to be reminded that no one man should be allowed to undo our alliance forged by the blood and sacrifice of people we knew and loved on the hallowed grounds of sacred battlefields including Anzio, Normandy and Bastogne.
Furthermore, the architect of NATO’s destruction should not be our foremost narcissist whose family who has always taken more than their share from this country but never given anything back.
The Drumpf family is only in the United States because our would-be-czar’s grandfather was exiled back here for evading military service in Bavaria (despite his documented pleas to avoid forced emigration to the United States). No one ripped his father out of his grandmother’s arms at the border. No member of his family has ever shed a single drop of blood in defense of this country. I can guess that the Fox/State News-approved response would be that we haven’t had a president who served in a combat for more than a quarter of a century. The point is that none of those presidents have wisely ever showed the slightest inclination to undue the alliance that has led to the most peaceful and prosperous 70-plus year period in recorded history.
Our institutions will be able to fix many of what Putin would call his “useful idiot’s” abuses of power beginning with a blue wave this November and more fully on Jan. 20, 2021. But we will not so easily repair the tarnished relationships with our must trusted allies. We cannot let this most un-American of families let us forget the sacrifices of our forefathers only because the concept is so foreign to them.
We cannot let this sad excuse of a man undo the bedrock of our security that so many among us have sadly forgotten for the sake of tribalism and greed.
Gregory Schulte is a retired first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves, who served in Operation Desert Storm and is a member of the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee.