The title question would seem to be just about the most obvious one that a person could raise, considering Alexander Vindman’s background, his associations, and his most recent behavior. The fact that hardly anyone seems to be making it is just one more reason, I believe, that he very likely is working for the CIA and has been throughout his military career. Actually, very much to his credit, Rush Limbaugh has observed that Vindman appears to be employed by people other than those in his chain of command. He just stops short of speculating as to who, exactly, that might be, like, say, the CIA.
We’re talking about the Jewish Ukrainian American military officer in the middle of the ginned-up Adam Schiff-Nancy Pelosi-MSM impeachment inquiry. From all indications, he is the man who shared his supposed concerns about President Donald Trump’s July 25, 2019, telephone conversation with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky with the “whistleblower.” The latter person has been widely identified as the Yalie, CIA analyst, and Democratic Party partisan, 33-year-old Eric Ciaramella. On its face, Vindman would appear to be acting in an insubordinate fashion toward the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces, of which he is a part. At the same time, if we have learned nothing more from the entire Russiagate fiasco, it is that the U.S. intelligence community, abetted by the Operation Mockingbird press, has been in a state of almost open revolt against Donald Trump for quite some time now. What could explain the man’s behavior better than that he is a part of that crowd?
Taken at face value, Vindman’s actions would appear to be an absolute career killer. What incredible effrontery for a United States military officer to sneak around behind the back of the United States President, providing what should be considered classified information to said President’s obvious political enemy, to be leaked to the enemy press and the enemy Congress to put the President in the worst possible light! Even worse, the bad-light-shining is accomplished by mischaracterizing the core information being leaked. Yet, Vindman, this obvious careerist-to-the-core even followed up with a willing performance before the President’s chief Congressional antagonist, Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
If our government institutions and the lines of authority are all to be taken at face value, Vindman’s actions absolutely defy explanation. I think that I can say without fear of contradiction that this is not a man who is acting purely from principle, the cost to himself and his career bedamned. Rather, this is clearly a rather typical careerist who is acting according to where his bread is buttered, and he knows full well that it is not buttered in the conventional, straightforward manner.
Unless things change rather radically in the country in the next few years, you can take it to the bank that there will be no cost to Vindman’s career, which, as I have indicated, there surely would be if Vindman’s real chain of command were what it would appear to be on paper. My guess is that it is more likely that his career will flourish. The reason for that is that being a member of the CIA would make him a member of the secret government, which, at this point in our history, is more powerful than the government that we see on the public organization chart.
Why the CIA for Vindman?
Let’s consider other reasons for my supposition other than the man’s odd recent behavior. In today’s United States, a military career is not held in very high esteem in the Jewish community. It would be much more attractive to the young Vindman and his family, however, if he were assured that he had a special inside track to advancement in the American halls of power through the cover of a military career. Up to now, that promise, if made, looks like it has come pretty close to having been kept, what with his White House job, his national prominence, and all.
From the CIA’s perspective, Vindman’s multicultural background in an important strategic area brings a lot to the table. He is said to be fluent in both Ukrainian and Russian. Once they had recruited him as a covert operative, the next order of business would be finding an appropriate cover for him. Two of the most popular are State Department and private business. There’s nothing to prevent them from using military service, however. One would have to be extraordinarily naïve to believe that it is not done. With service in the military officer corps, as with State Department service, the CIA, in addition to cover, would gain the additional benefit of influence within the upper reaches of that organization.
That latter purpose is widely on display. In my article, “Spooks on the Hill,” I have presented strong evidence that the halls of Congress are likely to be laced with CIA operatives in staff positions, if not in elected positions, themselves. If one were to look for likely current high-level elected officials on Langley’s payroll, one might start in Nebraska Senator and Yale product, Ben Sasse. Both his pedigree and his never-Trump-Republican policy positions virtually scream it out. If we’re looking for one who might have used military cover in the past, Arkansas’s ambitious Harvard Law School product and warmonger, Tom Cotton, would be high on my list. Among the current presidential candidates, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, with his rather curious military career and his fawning press, is the most likely candidate to be CIA. Of course, we already know that he was in Naval Intelligence, and might still be, for that matter.
Of course, it goes without saying that the Clinton and Bush crime families are the virtual poster children for the CIA, going back to the Mena Airport drug-smuggling operation and beyond and as indicated by their press promotion and protection, depending upon the need of the moment. It had been clear that what had been prepared for the country in 2016 was a choice between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, and Donald Trump’s thwarting of those plans might well explain the press’s otherwise almost unexplainable extreme animus toward him. This is certainly something that you are not going to hear from Rush Limbaugh or anyone at Fox News.
As the Wikipedia Operation Mockingbird page indicates, the press has been virtually chockablock with CIA operatives, and, from all indications, still is. I have written about a very likely candidate in the person of another Yale Law School product, J.D. Vance, in my recent article, “Hillbilly Agent?” If my title question is answered affirmatively, he would have been another who used the military as cover, in his case, the Marines.
Now some of the few people who listened to Lt. Col. Vindman testify and respond to questions, might come to the conclusion that he really doesn’t sound smart enough to be a likely candidate for intelligence work. To those people, I offer just two words in response, “John Brennan.”