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A Man of Honor and Integrity Attacked by Trump Unjustly

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    Three veterans who served with Ambassador Bill Taylor, a key witness in the House impeachment inquiry who has come under attack by the President, defended him as a "man of honor," "public servant" and "role model" in interviews with CNN.

    Retired Col. Bob Seitz, retired Maj. Gen. Robert St. Onge and retired Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry spoke to the character of a central figure in the impeachment probe who testified before Congress last week. They describe their longtime friend -- the top US diplomat in Ukraine -- as someone with integrity who has served his country faithfully.

    Eikenberry, a former ambassador to Afghanistan, said he has known Taylor since 2002 when they served in Afghanistan together, adding that the pair "worked closely together under difficult circumstances.

    Taylor was at the US Embassy coordinating US and international aid efforts and Eikenberry was serving as a major general helping the Afghan government establish army and police forces, he said.
    "Ambassador Taylor represents the best of our Department of State. His integrity and courage are the true marks of patriotism, loyal to an oath of office and never to be corrupted or intimidated by those seeking personal gain at our Nation's expense," Eikenberry said.
    He described Taylor as a "most capable but unassuming government servant," adding that "Bill always volunteered for the tough posting."
    Seitz jumped from helicopters and rucked through jungle-covered mountainous terrain in Vietnam with Taylor for 18 months. In Vietnam, Seitz said, he and Taylor saw and endured, "Fatigue, hunger, bad weather, dying, killing, and a lot of terrible wounds."
    "He was calm and composed under all of this," Seitz said. "And the men needed a leader that was like that. He set the very best example."

    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
    Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
    To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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