Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Day 20, Year 01 Trumpland: Pass the Super Soaker

Sean Spicer continues to declare the Yemen attack a success, despite reports to the contrary. Indeed, this MSNBC reports states "almost everything went wrong". A Navy Seal died, civilians died, women and children died:
The raid in southern Yemen, conducted by the supersecret Joint Special Operations Command, was intended to capture valuable intelligence, specifically computer equipment, according to a senior U.S. military official. Three al Qaeda leaders were killed, according to U.S. officials.
Contrary to earlier reporting, the senior military official said, the raid was Trump’s first clandestine strike – not a holdover mission approved by President Barack Obama. The mission  involved “boots on the ground” at an al Qaeda camp near al Bayda in south central Yemen, the official said.
So it came as a shock today when Sean Spicer again defended the military action by declaring:"Anyone who undermines success of the mission does a “disservice” to life of Navy SEAL who died." If we accept this logic, then we accept that we cannot criticize this administration. It is possible that our country inappropriately sacrificed a life, although I've heard generals in recent days caution that we don't know enough to make that a certainty.

We have certainly given the terrorists an excuse for strong propaganda as they use the face of the dead child, an american citizen, as stated by MSNBC:
Karen Greenberg, director of Fordham University’s Center on National Security, said the girl’s death will be a boon to al Qaeda propagandists. “The perception will be that it’s not enough to kill al-Awlaki – that the U.S. had to kill the entire family,” she said.
For this administration to declare that questioning the success of this mission equates to dishonoring our military is unconscionable.  Indeed, someone needs to hand me the super soaker and load it with sudsy water, please.

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