Clearly, Lindsey Graham doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about. The U.S. military now has capabilities with drones and other remote weapons to destroy any terrorist threat before it can launch an attack on us. We’ve been picking off Al Qaeda and ISIS members for years now with drone and missile strikes.
Poor Lindsey. He wants so badly to be relevant. But he’s nothing more than a Trump groupie who’s missing his sugar daddy.
As more details become available about the ambush in Niger which led to the deaths of four American special forces troops, more questions are being asked about the U.S. mission in the African country and what may have contributed to the loss of those four brave soldiers.
There is also talk on Capitol Hill of Congressional hearings on the ambush, and comparisons are even being made to the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed the ambassador and three Marines. Could Niger be Donald Trump’s Benghazi? Not to hear Republicans and the White House tell it.
Last week, Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe (R) said that equating Niger with Benghazi is ridiculous:
“Every time I hear people compare this to Benghazi, it makes me physically sick.”
Of course, Inhofe’s feigned sickness would probably clear up immediately if the ambush had happened on President Obama’s watch or if he thought he could blame it on Hillary Clinton.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was a guest on Fox & Friends Tuesday, and she too said that the two incidents are in no way similar:
“Look, these are not comparable events. I know the Democrats want to make this a big negative attack piece against this president.”
Not comparable? Let’s take a closer look:
4 Americans died in Benghazi; four Americans died in Niger
The details of the attack in Benghazi were murky; the details of the ambush in Niger remain unclear
And yet, Republicans were offended by what happened in Benghazi and demanded endless investigations which costalmost $7 million. But now they urge restraint when it comes to Niger.
Sanders went on to add this:
“But to try to compare the two is simply just a cheap attempt by the Democrats to try to taint this president.”
Apparently Ms. Sanders has forgotten that this president, who may well have committed treason with Russia, is already tainted. His personal behavior, his unchecked avarice, and his endless lies have left him with low poll numbers and the overall distrust of the nation. Donald Trump inflicted shame and dishonor on himself and the United States long before the attack in Niger ever took place.
As criticism continues to swirl around President Trump’s statements, denials, and outright lies regarding the death of four Green Berets in the African nation of Niger, it now appears the administration had a response to the deaths less than 24 hours after they occurred, but held back on releasing it.
“Staffers at the National Security Council drafted and circulateda statement of condolence for President Donald Trump to make almost immediately aftera deadly ambush of U.S. soldiers in Niger earlier this month.
“But Trump neverpublicly issued the statement, and, some two weeks later, is now in hot water over his initial silence on the soldiers’ deaths and alleged controversial comments he made to a widow of one of the dead.”
The statement, which Politico was able to see a copy of, was written on October 5, just a day after the deaths of the four service members. It reads:
“Melania and I are heartbroken at the news that three U.S. service members were killed in Niger on October 4 while providing guidance and assistance to Nigerien security force counter-terror operations. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of these brave American soldiers and patriots. They will remain in our thoughts and prayers.
“We are also praying for the two U.S. service members who were injured in the incident. We wish them a complete and swift recovery.
“The heroic Americans who lost their lives yesterday did so defending our freedom and fighting violent extremism in Niger. Our administration and our entire nation are deeply grateful for their sacrifice, for their service, and for their patriotism.”
So the question arises: Why did the White House not release the statement when it was written? Could it be because in doing so the administration would have had to reveal there were American boots on the ground in a nation they had not previously disclosed?
Or could the answer lie in the fact that this administration is filled with rank amateurs, many of whom have zero experience in governing? Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta commented:
“Somebody screwed up here, okay? You don’t let that amount of time pass when our men and women in uniform have been killed.”
And now, as usual with Trump, he’s trying to cover his ass after screwing up yet another duty of his office.
If you’ve ever seen White House aide Sebastian Gorka on television, then you know that he’s a lying jackass who tries to pretend he’s an intellectual even though he has a fake Ph.D. which he never actually earned. He’s a poseur, an arrogant jerk, and a combative weasel.
Appearing on Fox News Thursday, Gorka was asked about comments he had made earlier in the day to the BBC in which he said this about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the tensions with North Korea:
“The idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical. It is the job of Secretary Mattis, the secretary of defense, to talk about the military options, and he has done so unequivocally…That is his mandate. Secretary Tillerson is the chief diplomat of the United States, and it is his portfolio to handle those issues.”
Fox Host Liz Claman wondered why Gorka would have said something so insulting to Tillerson, which led Gorka to snap:
“I never said the secretary of state was — that’s fake news 101.”
How typical of any member of the Trump administration. When they get caught lying or saying something they regret, they whine about fake news instead of owning their remarks. They have all the debate skills of a second grader.
“Sebastian, you know this is going to be all over the papers. And whether you had the exact meaning that people have now interpreted it as, it looks like, to some people, it looks like — forget backstabbing — that you front-stabbed the secretary of state.
And, you know, people look at that and say, who — who was he to admonish any process that secretary of state would state? He’s hand-picked by the president.”
A backstabbing frontstabber. Damn! Now that’s one hell of an insult. But it’s exactly what a pompous ass like Sebastian Gorka deserves.
Perhaps you were under the impression that the increased tension between the United States and North Korea could be blamed largely on President Trump and his hyperbolic statement on Tuesday that the North Koreans would be “met with fire and fury” if they issued any further threats. But, thanks to Fox News, we now know it’s all President Obama’s fault.
During a segment on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning, the three ditzy co-hosts were talking with former CIA analyst Frederick Fleitz, who began his comments by placing a great big smooch on Trump’s oversized posterior:
“I think that the president recognizes that a weak United States is extremely destabilizing.”
Then Fleitz tried to throw cold water on a Washington Post report which said North Korea has now miniaturized a nuclear weapon which can be placed on a long-range missile:
“We haven’t heard the White House complain that this was a leak because it wasn’t a leak. It was an authorized disclosure to advance the president’s policy — a legitimate use of intelligence.”
Yes, Trump can do whatever he wants–even collude with Russia–and the mindless zombies at Fox will defend him to the hilt.
Fleitz was far from finished, saving his most absurd comments for last, when he tried to blame the escalation between the U.S. and North Korea on President Obama:
“Let me tell you something else you may not know. This actually isn’t news. [The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)] has believed this since 2013. But the Obama administration tried to hide this information because it did not want to take action. It didn’t want anything on the table would prevent it from kicking it to the next president.”
And there you have it: The old GOP and Fox fallback position: When in doubt, blame Obama.