Why Liz Cheyney ripped GOP for attacking impeachment witness Vindman patriotism

Liz Cheney never met a war she didn’t like. And why not. She is your classic Neo-Con. She warns us not to question Vindman who testified yesterday? Post Updated.

Shouting match erupts in Vindman deposition as Democrats …

https://www.cnn.com › politics › vindman-testimony-whistleblower-identity
 Democrats and Republicans got into a shouting match behind closed doors on Tuesday while interviewing a witness in the impeachment investigation, with Democrats accusing Republicans of trying to out the anonymous whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry,

No doubt one of her buddies along with Jack Keene who is on Fox regularly. The connection?

Really? How do these foreigners rise to such high places? Just asking.

We all have an affinity to our homeland where we came from,” former Republican Rep. Sean Duffy told CNN, adding, “He has an affinity, I think, for the Ukraine. He speaks Ukrainian. He came from the country and he wants to make sure they’re safe and free.” When asked by CNN host John Berman if he thought Vindman was looking out for America first, Duffy refused to say yes.


The Institute for the Study of War.

Just what is the  Institute for the Study of War? Unfortunately,  much of their original information disappeared from their website. Thanking various military contractors for hosting dinners, and of course Liz Cheney’s name and picture are no longer prominently displayed. (Information is from an old post done back in 2013.)

We are on the front lines of military thinking.

Our Mission

“The Institute for the Study of War advances an informed understanding of military affairs through reliable research, trusted analysis, and innovative education. We are committed to improving the nation’s ability to execute military operations and respond to emerging threats in order to achieve U.S. strategic objectives. ISW is a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy research organization.”

ISW figures have been vocal proponents of escalating U.S. involvement in Syria’s civil war. In a 2018 article, ISW’s Lead Analyst, Jennifer Cafarella wrote, “U.S. behavior in Syria signals that we do not have the will to defend our interests or commit the resources necessary to achieve our stated goals. The American homeland, American allies and American partners are less safe as a result.”[6]

According to 2011 tax documents, directors included: Elizabeth Cheney, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney and founder of the right-wing advocacy group Keep America SafeWilliam Kristol, editor of the neoconservative flagship magazine the Weekly StandardJack Keane, a retired four-star general who coauthored with Frederick Kagan of the American Enterprise Institute “Choosing Victory,” a 2007 study that served as a blueprint for the so-called “surge” in Iraq; Dennis Showalter, a military historian; Hal Hirsch; Bill Roberti; and Kim Kagan.

According to its 2011 Form 990, ISW had operating expenses of just under $1.9 million that year, up from $1.57 in 2010.

A non-exhaustive Right Web investigation of Form 990 U.S. tax records revealed nearly $700,000 in donations from charitable foundations during 2007-2009.

ISW has increasingly drawn support from military contractors with stakes in the issues that the institute studies.

“According to ISW’s last annual report,” noted Consortium News in December 2012, “its original supporters were mostly right-wing foundations, such as the Smith-Richardson Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, but it now is backed by national security contractors, including major ones like Raytheon, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and CACI, as well as lesser-known firms such as DynCorp International, which provides training for Afghan police, and Palantir, a technology company founded with the backing of the CIA’s venture-capital arm, In-Q-Tel. Palantir supplies software to U.S. military intelligence in Afghanistan.”[18]

Donations included nearly $180,000 from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a premier neoconservative advocacy group, as well as $60,000 from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, a right-wing foundation that has funded other militarist outfits like the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and Daniel Pipes’ Middle East Forum, earning it a spot among the top funders of the anti-Islamic discourse in the United States according to a 2011 report by the Center for American Progress. The Marcus Foundation, which has also supported MEMRI, contributed another $250,000 to ISW during this period. (For a full list of Right Web’s findings, click here.)

ISW’S Corporate Council:

ISW’s Corporate Council members believe that an advanced understanding of military issues results in significantly better national security policy. They recognize the relevance, accuracy, and impact of ISW’s research and analysis, and provide support to ISW and its leadership.

For a list of their supporters here. (The page has now removed the list.)

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Cheney, Esq.

Founder, Keep America Safe


General Jack Keane,

(U.S. Army, Ret.)

Chairman of the

Board of Directors

Founder, Keane Advisors LLC

Dr. Kimberly Kagan

Founder and President,

Institute for the Study of


Dr. William Kristol

Founder and Editor,

The Weekly Standard

Information above is from an earlier B-ville post below. Unfortunately some links are dead. Financial info is dated but you get the drift.

Liz Cheney, Elizabeth O’Bagy, Military contractors- a toxic brew

(The post is well worth looking at…. guess who shows up? Good old Moustafa of impeachment fame.)

But what about O’Bagy and the Syrian Emergency Task Force? Otherwise known as SETF? Check out PJ Media:

Here’s a jaw-dropper: O’Bagy criticized Israel for killing Hamas leader Ahmed al-Jabari last November. But enough about her.

The SETF’s executive director is one Mouaz Moustafa. This is Moustafa.

And look, here he is in Syria. That’s Sen. John McCain there in the middle, and a couple of Islamist kidnappers behind him.

Moustafa and O’Bagy arranged McCain’s trip to Syria through the Syrian Emergency Task Force.

You probably have guessed where this is going by now. Mr. Moustafa is a Palestinian Arab, and was involved in the Libya war before he turned up in Syria. He openly hates Israel. He opposed the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi in Egypt. He hearts Hamas. Connect that dot to O’Bagy’s take on the strike that killed Ahmed al-Jabari, above.

In short, the man behind the source for the notion that Syria’s rebellion is moderate is, himself, an Islamist among Islamists, according to FrontPage.

Senator McCain called Moustafa a “patriot”, but it’s not clear which country he’s a patriot of, since it’s not Mouaz Moustafa’s first time around on the regime change bus tour.

Before the Syrian Emergency Task Force, Moustafa was the Executive Director of the Libyan Council of North America, which like the SETF existed to help push regime change. Before that, he mentions working with “rebels” in Egypt. His Twitter account frequently features anti-Israel material, including calls for a Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem. On his YouTube account, he “liked” a video featuring Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, “crying while praying”.

Other than that, all is well in the swamp.


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27 Responses to “Why Liz Cheyney ripped GOP for attacking impeachment witness Vindman patriotism”

  1. markone1blog Says:

    So, what you are saying is that Cheney, Vindman, and O’Bagy are all about circling the swamp … uh … drain … uh .. circling the wagons (that’s it).

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Mustang Says:

    I think that those who take an oath to “support and defend” the Constitution of the United States have an obligation to “do the right thing, even when no one is looking.” The problems are several, however. Doing the right thing is subjective. We’ve all seen the “super-patriots” who engage in certain activities that, in their own minds, are “best” for America. Not everyone agrees, however. We have Clapper, Brennan, Comey, Page, McCabe, Strzok, Rosenstein, Sessions, and perhaps too many more to list. In their minds, they are patriots.

    These people are not the first who imagine that they (and they alone) are the true patriots. Years ago, John Dean sang like a canary. In his mind, even today, he is a superpatriot. In truth, he sang to save his own miserable ass.

    Another problem involves politicization of the US military. This has been going on since Bill Clinton’s administration. The military has a special relationship with the president; he is in the military chain of command. Should a military officer believe that the president has ordered him to do something illegal, he has an obligation to refuse that order. On the other hand, if that officer believes that the president has violated the Constitution, he has an obligation to make his concerns known THROUGH PROPER CHANNELS, not through POLITICAL channels. If military officers do not know the difference, they shouldn’t hold a commission.

    I have no feelings about Cheney one way or the other. I tend not to trust politicians, and she fits into that queue. She does seem to realize, however, that attacking this officer’s patriotism isn’t a very smart move because doing that makes him out to be a hero in the minds of the political enemies of the president … conclusions formed even before we know all the facts of what he did, or why he did it.

    Now let me say something about the Purple Heart. There is a difference in getting wounded by attacking the enemy with resolve (how I define hero), another thing being wounded while standing around the campfire smoking & joking (being at the wrong place at the wrong time). I remember a fellow in Vietnam who received the Purple Heart because a mortar exploded ¼ mile away, the concussion of the explosion causing a jar of pepper sauce to fall on his head, and this required several stitches. There was nothing “heroic” about that—and the fact that he was awarded a Purple Heart diminishes the award among those who were wounded while engaging in direct combat.

    The DoD has never sorted this out and I think how we recognize injuries does make a difference (or should). We should make a distinction between being wounded on the battlefield and receiving an injuring within the theater of operations.

    But then, what the hell do I know?

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  3. peter3nj Says:

    Sorry for this off topic….but:
    In Costco just now saw burque wearer with eyeslits only exposed wearing sunglasses. I wanted to tell her I loved her Halloween costume but know I won’t do well in the Bergen County Jail. 🎃

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  4. Ned 2 Says:

    No worries.
    We’ll do our best not to reelect her here in Wyoming.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. peter3nj Says:

    Do these over inflated disloyal rats really believe overthrowing Trump and the right will lead to power sharing with the left? To we riffraff these elites appear to be useful idiots of the highest degree. There are only two things they would sell out their grandmothers for, money and power both of which their appetites for are insatiable.

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  6. hocuspocus13 Says:


    Seems to have a very shady past!

    He apparently tried to (unsuccessfully) change the transcript on the Trump phone call with Ukraine

    And in early August the Trump Administration kept Vindman out of their loop

    As people are unfamiliar with Vindman the research is on going

    Some believe him to be a spy or a double agent

    Before one “defends” another they should make sure of all details on that person

    If for nothing else but to protect their own reputation and career

    Have 🎃 a Happy 🎃 Mischief 🎃 Night

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I agree…. early reports indicate a bizarre background… watch out for things that go bump in the night HP! 🙂
      ISW is heavily involved in Ukraine…….hmmm..

      Liked by 1 person

      • hocuspocus13 Says:

        Vindman while in the NSC had many contacts with registered foreign agents

        He’s quite the sketchy character

        And it’s also believed that when Trump’s Ukraine phone call was “illegally” leaked to the media

        It was Vindman who did the leaking

        …and PS 🎃

        I am the things that go bump in the night! 🎃

        Have a Great Day 🎃

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      • bunkerville Says:

        You too HP. have a wonderful night…


      • Ed Bonderenka Says:

        I repeat.
        Don’t you dare criticize Vindman! He’s a patriot and a veteran.
        Believe him when he vilifies Trump, a patriot and the president.

        Liked by 1 person

  7. peter3nj Says:

    Follow the money. I’m a fan of oversimplification so several years ago upon learning that government contractors were paid $16 for every tray of food our soldiers ate in the Middle East wars, nuff said. War may be hell but war is also a cash cow.

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