- - Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Why does everyone who testifies before the House impeachment committees offer paeans to their own patriotism (“Army lieutenant colonel to testify in Trump impeachment inquiry,” Web, Oct. 28)? Does anyone really doubt that a career army officer “defend[s] OUR country” (we apparently need the capital letters to get the message) or whether a career diplomat has “dedicated [his] life to serving U.S. interests”?

Here’s a theory: Whatever these witnesses’ limited and legitimate roles as concerned observers, they are keenly (if vaguely) aware that they are aiding and abetting a process unpatriotic at its core, namely, a concerted attempt to oust a constitutionally elected president. We are only a year away from the next election and the ouster is based on inappropriate conversations offensive to national security experts — even though the electorate made its 2016 choice knowing full well the preferred candidate’s penchant for speaking inappropriately and rankling the establishment.

So please, answer the subpoena, but spare us the lectures.

CHARLES G. KELS

San Antonio, Texas



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