Claiming that release of the Vindman brothers from their positions at NSC was not retaliatory is in a word: Horse shit! (OK, 2 words).
Alexander was slated to roll out of the post in July anyway. He was a policy adviser and subject matter expert on Ukraine. It makes no sense to relieve someone of an NSC position because he was honest and concerned. And his brother, Yevegeny, was an attorney that had NOTHING to do with his brother’s testimony. If it wasn’t retaliatory, what in the hell was it?
Robert O’Brien also made this comment concerning the reassignment. ““We’re not a country where a bunch of lieutenant colonels can get together and decide what the policy is of the United States,” he said, arguing that “we are not a banana republic.”” However, it is not a “bunch of lieutenant colonels” that is turning us into a banana republic. It is the figurehead in the Oval Office that is. Vindman was advising on policy, as his job required. When he heard something disturbing, he testified to it. That is called doing one’s duty. Too bad there are few of those individuals left.