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Imagine if, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt said, “Nobody knows for sure whether it was the Japanese. It could have been one of several countries.”
Imagine if, when missiles and nuclear weapons were being installed in Cuba, President John Kennedy had said, “We don’t know exactly what’s going on down there. We need to just move on.”
Imagine if President Ronald Reagan had stood before the Berlin Wall and said, “Mr. Gorbachev, don’t tear down this wall. It’s not a big deal.”
Wittingly or not, President Donald Trump is an agent of the Russian state and Russian President Vladimir Putin. As has been made exceedingly clear after their meeting, Trump has no intention to defend this country, our allies, or the ideals and principles of freedom and democracy that all real Americans hold dear [“You mess with election? Trump asks, Putin denies,” July 8, A1].
If Republican members of Congress fail to uphold their oath to defend the country and the Constitution, regardless of what happens in the next months and years, history will judge them and their supporters harshly.

Dan Salins, Seattle