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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Proper Respect For Our Fallen Heroes- Why Not Trump?

Trump in the Rose Garden after being forced to address after ten plus days have passed since the killing of four US soldiers in Niger.

The pathology of the serial liar is both astonishing and pathetic. Why would Trump make such a statement without regard for consideration of people speaking to the contrary?   

Over the past 24 hours Gold Star moms and wives, as well as Gold Star fathers are speak put.

MSNBC's Ari Melber, The Beat, booed a segment with a mother and father of a soldier killed this past August.

A former Obama Administration official served in Afghanistan and differs diametrically with Trump's comments to the wife of former Sgt. LaDavid Jonson. 

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Brandon Friedman's Twitter feed.  Scroll down to read in proper numeric order.

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    16. More importantly, it sends this message to troops: If you're looking for support from the White House, you know what you signed up for.
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    15. First, it tells us the President has no idea how the military works or what his role and responsibilities are.
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    14. So when we have a Commander in Chief respond to a combat death with, "he knew what he signed up for," it tells us a few things.
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    13. "What could we have done differently? How could we have prevented this from happening?" No one shrugs death off as an inevitability.
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    12. After a KIA, no one in the military ever, EVER, says "he knew what he signed up for." Instead they reflect.
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    11. It's long been a thing in the U.S. military. Here's how Robert Heinlein characterized it in his 1959 military classic Starship Troopers:
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    10. Today we say, "I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy."
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    9. And that's what keeps troops going. The knowledge that your life is valuable. That it's not to be wasted. That air support is inbound.
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    8. Instead, DoD designed MRAPs. It was a concerted effort to keep more people from getting killed unnecessarily.
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    7. Take roadside bombs. When they began killing U.S. troops, President Bush never said, "they knew what they signed up for."
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    6. But when things *do* get dicey, troops expect leaders (at every level) to do everything in their power to keep death from happening.
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    5. I'll say that again: 1. Out of every 5,000. Dying in combat is neither common nor expected.
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    4. Take the numbers: Since 9/11, roughly 1 out of every 5,000 troops to serve in Iraq or Afghanistan died there.
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    3. I did two tours in combat as an infantry officer and I never met a soldier who thought dying was a reasonable result of their service.
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    2. There's often a misconception among non-veterans that service members sign up with the expectation that they may die.
  16. 1. Let's talk for a minute about "he knew what he signed up for."
If you have any doubt about the level and scope of the latest Trump misstep and exhibition of insensitivity with respect to our military heroes, check out his nonverbals the days after the call to Sgt LaDavid Johnson's wife.

Take 41 seconds an watch the nonverbals. This man is lying. Tight arm fold, no waving hands et al.

If we reflect back on Trump's Rose Garden comments regarding "contacting" he families of our fallen heroes, it seems we find more and more lies.

Whitney Hunter's husband, Sgt. Jonathan Hunter, spoke to CNN yesterday and has agreed to other on-camera interviews regarding a NO CALLs from Trump.

The nation's 45th President is a sad reminder of life with President Obama and predecessors who respected our troops.

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