The Conditions: Unarmed. No military cover. Unexpected ISIS militants.
Four U.S. soldiers lost their lives in Niger on Oct. 4th.
The Issue: “[He] must have known what he signed up for.” –POTUS to the widow of fallen-soldier St. La David Johnson.
- McCain–Chairman of Senate Armed Services Committee–learned of the Niger attack in newspapers like the rest of us threatened issuing a subpoena to the White House yesterday. The attack in Niger happened on October 4th; high-level officials–not media–should have been his source. POTUS took 12 days to inform the public. Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis met with Sen. McCain today to address his concerns.
- Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly defended Trump’s phone call to the Johnson’s family in an emotive presser yesterday. Kelly denounced Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fl.) calling out POTUS for his call to the widow.
- Representative Frederica S. Wilson, a good friend the newly-widow Myeshia Johnson, was in the car when POTUS called.
Mr. Kelly accused Ms. Wilson — who was in a car with Ms. Johnson when Mr. Trump called and is a longtime family friend — of being a publicity-seeking opportunist. He said that the congresswoman’s willingness to breach the confidentiality of Mr. Trump’s words is evidence of a broader decline in the values of an American society that no longer treats women, religion, “life” or Gold Star families as sacred. —NYT
- Kelly went on to defame Rep. Wilson by saying she was a partisan and politically motivated person based on a 2015 speech, in which she supposedly bragged about securing a new FBI building in FL. In fact, the congresswoman honored 2 fallen FBI agents. The South Florida Sun Sentinel released the speech today. (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/94925992-132.html) POTUS also called her a liar.
- The attackers are believed to be a new ISIS faction. U.S. soldiers were sent to Niger in 2013 to aid the French military, which was running an operation against al-Qaeda in Mali. St. Johnson was separated from his unit not ‘left behind,’ an important distinction in the U.S. Military, whose mantra is ‘no soldier shall be left behind.’Notes: For information on the timeline of events see, http://cnn.it/2gTiZM8. For information on the soldiers see, http://bit.ly/2yX2IjP