On CNN, Chris Cuomo described Donald Trump’s recent cowardly deflection as little more than “the fog of distraction.” He was referring how Trump tried to use former President Barrack Obama to shield him from critique over his mishandling of the deaths U.S. troops in Niger just over two weeks ago.
Following the deadly ambush, Trump’s response to the deaths of four brave U.S. Army Soldiers killed at the hands of ISIS in Niger was less than presidential. While Trump has tweeted on everything from the NFL protests to begging former Secretary Hillary Clinton to run again in 2020, he’s been notably silent concerning the deaths of Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29, Army Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39, Army Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, and Army Sergent La David Johnson, 25.
According to a CNN report, Wright’s body was left on the battlefield for a few days before he was recovered. So far the Trump administration has yet to explain his abandonment or the details what lead to the deadly ambush of four poorly equipped U.S. soldiers at the hands of 50 ISIS fighters.
Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr noted that it’d been 13 days without any new information from the administration.
“I promise you, it will work,” Cuomo continued in a second segment. “Everybody will talk today about what he said about Obama and who was more sensitive but it’s all a distraction.”
However, retired U.S. Army Lt. General Mark Hertling had much harsher words concerning Trump’s leadership, stopping just short of blaming the president for the attack itself.
“On several occasions… the president lied and then he attempted to blame the generals for telling him what he lied about,” Hertling said. “And then the most important thing is he was making excuses for not having made contact after 12 days. All three of those things are not a good look for a commander in chief. You asked me to be your military analyst, this is the simplest thing I’ve analyzed yet. A commander, which the president is, to do the kinds of things he did yesterday — I would put it in a shameful category, to be honest with you. My colleagues and peers, both retired and active, felt the same way.”
Starr said that an investigation should be underway to determine how four U.S. soldiers, armed with only their rifles for protection, walked into an ambush by over 50 ISIS fighters.
Here’s the conversation from earlier in the show.
Republicans love to chant Bengahzi like a hateful neocon meditation prayer meant to tarnish Obama’s legacy.
However, so far, Trump seems well on his way to surpassing Obama in the number of preventable military deaths that he on some level is personally responsible for.
Now that’s one achievement you’ll probably have a tough time finding on his 2020 campaign website.
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