CHARLES UPHAUS

Alexander Vindman came to this country from Ukraine as an immigrant child of three years. After completing college he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with distinction, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Along the way he acquired a Purple Heart for a wound from an IED in Iraq.

Humayun Khan immigrated with his family at roughly the same age. In 2000, he was commissioned in the Army. He rose to the rank of captain and served in Iraq. In 2004, at the age of 27, Humayun Khan was killed there, in an explosion. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, and is interred at Arlington Cemetery.

What these two have in common, apart from being immigrants who honorably served their adopted country — one of them paying the ultimate price — is that both have the distinction of being slimed by President Trump and his toadies in Congress and the media. (In the case of Humayun Khan, as he was no longer living, it was his memory that was slimed.)

By way of contrast, the president, who contrived to avoid service in Vietnam due to “bone spurs,” likened avoiding contracting STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) to service in Vietnam. In an interview with shlock jock Howard Stern from the 1990s unearthed a few years ago, he claimed he was a “brave soldier” for avoiding STDs while sleeping around during his single years.

“It’s amazing, I can’t even believe it . . . it is a dangerous world out there. It’s like Vietnam, sort of. It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave solider.” In the interview he went on to describe vaginas as “minefields.”

So the president belittles genuine heroes while regarding himself as a hero for not getting VD. As Joseph Welch famously queried Sen. Joe McCarthy, “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

Donald Trump was not on the ballot on Nov. 5. But trumpism clearly was, and it did not come out so well. Maybe trashing genuine heroes when you’re the opposite of one has its downside.

Charles Uphaus is a resident of Frederick County.

Charles Uphaus is a resident

of Frederick County.

(10) comments

Ping

You seem to have selective commentitus and the self-seen ability to read minds so as to determine what someone's motivation may be in saying or doing what they do. These afflictions often go together. They also form a component of TDS. Might ought to go get that checked out.

CRT

So Trump didn't say those things? He didn't mock POWs when he said he "likes people who weren't captured"? What could Trump's motivation to say those things about STDs and Vietnam? You are a Trump Cultist.

Spock Here

The real derangement syndrome I see is the "so what get used to it" path.

Ping

Impeachment cultist

Ping

Impeachment cultist

CRT

The testimony thus far is not in Trump's favor. But then again, the rationale is changing from there was no quid pro quo (actually extortion), to it was all carried out by the likes of Rudy the Ghoul. and Slick Mick without The Don's approval. Or, my personal favorite, Trump is too incompetent to engage in a quid pro quo with Ukraine.

Ping

CRT, the testimony that you are allowed to know about thus far. The selective leaks from Adam Sieve's soviet are all you know.

Spock Here

It wasn't testimony when flipper flopper Lindsey said on camera that the crew was incompetent. Party hack in denial how very gym Jordan of you

Ping

[yawn][sleeping]

CRT

How deep is your denial? And what is "Adam Sieve's soviet"? I suppose all the people who have testified are lying? Do you still think the Republicans were kept out of the initial testimony even though they are on record as asking questions? Sucka!

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