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Since the election of Donald Trump I have been seriously worried for our democracy. I consider myself to be a patriot who deeply loves this great country. I am a 26-year Air Force veteran and my wife served for 17 years in the Navy. I served in Kuwait and Iraq during the current war. My father was an Army Air Force military intelligence officer who served in World War II as a member of the Office of Strategic Services — the OSS — which was the predecessor of the CIA. He’s buried at Arlington National Cemetery. I am proud of my service, and that of my wife’s, but am especially proud of my father’s service.

Dad was an immigrant from Poland who came to the United States by himself, as a teenager. As a child, he had been sent to a military academy in Russia where he learned to speak fluent Russian. He was also fluent in about six other languages — a very useful skill for a military intelligence officer. During World War II, he was stationed in London where he headed the Polish Section OSS and served as the liaison to the Polish Government in exile.

My father told me the Russians were never to be trusted. They served as our Allies in the war, but they acted as allies only when it suited their own interests. They are no different today. Dad never forgot the Warsaw Uprising when the people of Warsaw rose up against the occupying Nazi Army whilst the Russian Army, who were supposed to come to their aid, sat outside the city and refused to help.

Josef Stalin was a treacherous ally. Vladimir Putin is no different. Talk by Trump and his supporters to the effect that being “friendly” with Russia would be a good thing, shows they have forgotten (or never knew) our history, and European history with Russia. As George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

I fear Trump is being manipulated by Russia. I am concerned the Russians, who openly admit to interfering in our election, will continue to undermine our democracy. For political expediency, too many of our members of Congress are paying insufficient attention to this danger. I believe Russian interference in our election and Trump’s financial ties to Russia need to be thoroughly investigated. It can start with his tax returns.

 

 

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