September 25, 2017

Trump continues his desire to push a narrative that is increasingly proving effective in dividing Americans and deflecting attention from important topics.  American’s are slurping it up.  The media could not be happier.  It’s an all-you-can-eat-buffet of knuckle dragging dumb.  Lurch down the line for more meaty treats:

This is a non-story.  It’s not like Nascar had some kind of problem with National Anthem protests.  You ever witnessed a Nascar Driver trying to kneel down in their gear to protest anything?  It’s a conflation of an AP story, which had asked several team owners what they thought about the protests. Two responded rather strongly that any such protests wouldn’t be allowed:  team owner Richard Childress and Richard Petty of Richard Petty Motorsport.

Another team owner, Chip Ganassi, said he supports Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s comments to.  Team owner Joe Gibbs took neither side, but encouraged honoring the flag.  Dale Earnhardt Jr tweeted support for the NFL players.

ALL of Nascar made no such statement and CEO Brain France certainly didn’t.  (It is also worth noting that Trump had been endorsed through the franchise owner, CEO Brian France.)

headlines like these are misleading:

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/352164-nascar-owners-say-they-wouldnt-tolerate-national-anthem-protests-at-races

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/25/no-protests-in-nascar-after-warnings-from-executives.html

For people that don’t actually read anything, like Trump, it may appear there is tacit, if not direct support, for his twitter rants from Nascar.  There isn’t.

 

Tweeting this at 7:39am comes from another Fox and friends circle jerk:

Fox and Friends segment at 7:08am:

 

 

Trump cannot realize, in context, how off message it is for him to retweet this:

If Trump read anything he would realize, this isn’t a good topic to be on there buddy and it certainly doesn’t reinforce your faux ideas about patriotism.

Pat Tillman walked away from a large contract with the Arizona Cardinals in order to take up arms in a war that was perceived as just against the parties responsible for 9/11 and for future possible attacks: Afghanistan and Iraq.  His brother joined him in enlisting. What Tilman became to believe of the Middle East wars:

“Despite his desire to go to Afghanistan, Tillman took part in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which, in his words, he regarded as “all bullshit.” He was there for the “rescue” of Private Jessica Lynch, which was spun into a heroic rescue mission by war propagandists even though Lynch’s captors essentially handed her over to the Americans. Tillman saw firsthand as a supposedly heroic push to prevent Saddam Hussein from using weapons of mass destruction turned into a quagmire that had nothing to do with the attacks on New York and Washington. This is how Tillman’s brother characterized the war in a forceful essay after his death:

Somehow the more soldiers that die, the more legitimate the illegal invasion becomes.

Somehow American leadership, whose only credit is lying to its people and illegally invading a nation, has been allowed to steal the courage, virtue and honor of its soldiers on the ground.

Somehow those afraid to fight an illegal invasion decades ago are allowed to send soldiers to die for an illegal invasion they started.”

http://deadspin.com/stop-using-pat-tillman-1818689197

Pat Tillman’s death was described thus by the military:

“Posted 4/30/2004 8:40 PM WASHINGTON — Pat Tillman died while leading a team of Army Rangers up a remote southeastern Afghan hill to knock out enemy fire that had pinned down other American soldiers, the Army said Friday.

The Army released details of the former Arizona Cardinals football player’s death as it announced that he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, its third-highest award for combat valor.

Tillman, 27, and his team were initially not in danger from the hostile small-arms and mortar fire when the April 22 ambush began. But when the rear section of their convoy became pinned down in rough terrain, Tillman ordered his team out of its vehicles “to take the fight to the enemy forces” on the higher ground.

As Tillman and other soldiers neared the hill’s crest, he directed his team into firing positions, the Army said. As he sprayed the enemy positions with fire from his automatic rifle, he was shot and killed. The Army said his actions helped the trapped soldiers maneuver to safety “without taking a single casualty.”

https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2004-04-30-tillman-silver-star_x.htm

The truth was, he was killed by our own soldiers as reported 5 weeks later after an internal investigation.  The fake story was generated by the military in an attempt to control the narrative.  This resulted in a Congressional inquiry calling in the testimony of none other than Rumsfeld himself to try to determine how far up the chain this cover-up went.

“The concealment of Cpl. Tillman’s fratricide caused millions of Americans to question the integrity of our government, yet no one will tell us when and how the White House learned the truth,” said Waxman, D-Calif.”

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12430130

 

How ironic is it that Trump would so casually and thoughtlessly retweet an homage to Tillman, when the very circumstances and nature of his death at the time, caused many Americans to doubt the honor and trustworthiness of our political leaders and the military’s motivations?

 

Bonus material.  Fox and friends don’t fail to note this murderer is an immigrant from Sudan.

Kudos to Trump for not retweeting this one.  Yeah he came from Sudan…when he was 4 years old.

2 thoughts on “September 25, 2017

  1. Yes, War is hell, especially when you’re not inning.

    And, as Secretary of State James Mattis, a retired Marine General, told a Congressional Committee:
    We’re not winning in Afghanistan. Frankly, the same should be said for Iraq, after 14 years.

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