(TNS) Because only about 5.5 percent of the U.S. population has ever served in the armed forces, most of what you read online about military etiquette, procedures and traditions is wrong.

For instance, take this business with Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a “Ukraine whistleblower” who recently testified before Adam Schiff’s secret squirrel impeachment panel in the basement of the U.S. Capitol.

Schiff and the Garbage Party, along with their voters, have put this guy on a pedestal, claiming that he can’t be touched or criticized for his “whistleblowing” because he’s a decorated Army officer and combat veteran with a Purple Heart.

Good for Lt. Col. Vindman. Thank you for serving our country, sir. Many of us who work for TNS have similar experiences and awards for our service.

However, we’ve been saying from the get-go that Lt. Col. Vindman should be disciplined for undermining the foreign policy of the president of the United States, whom he serves as his commander-in-chief.

Vindman doesn’t have near the juice to make the rules for the White House, let alone foreign policy decisions. Unless he’s specifically tasked by the president to formulate this policy or that, how Trump handles other nations is simply none of his business.

He was acting way above his pay grade, as we often said in the military when we saw someone who thought he or she was more important than they were.

So with that in mind, we noted that Vindman should pay a price for his undermining of President Trump. Not only is he not a ‘whistleblower’ in the statutory sense of the world, but he has no authority to question the commander-in-chief.

If generals can’t do so, then how does a lowly lieutenant colonel get away with it?

Well, apparently, he doesn’t.

During in interview Sunday on “Face the Nation,” White House National Security Officer Robert O’Brien said that Vindman will be removed from his post on the National Security Council.

Now granted, Trump National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien previously said the NSC staff was going to be dramatically reduced.

But it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Vindman will be one of them ‘downsized.’

If you read the first Twitter feed, you’ll find lots of uninformed people making very uninformed statements about the decision to remove Vindman.

He defied the president and he should pay a price for it. Frankly, he should have been dismissed from service on the spot. Made to retire.

We had absolutely nothing in common with President Obama. Nothing. Hated his policies, and especially his military policies.

But he was the commander-in-chief. He was elected. What he did to try to depose Trump aside, when you’re wearing the uniform you obey the officers and officials appointed above you, especially the commander-in-chief. Or you quit.

When some officers opposed Obama’s policies, he either fired them or asked them to resign. He had that authority.

So does Trump, whether you like him or not. He is the president.

Vindman should go. It’s about time.

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