Friday, December 28, 2018

Hail to the Chief fuckup

Yes, he's done it again.

This time, looking for praise at home, he doxxed some SEALS in Iraq.
President Donald Trump and the White House communications team revealed that a U.S. Navy SEAL team was deployed to Iraq after the president secretly traveled to the region to meet with American forces serving in a combat zone for the first time since being elected to office.


Official photographs and videos typically blur the individual faces of special operation forces, due to the sensitive nature of their job.


Current and former Defense Department officials told Newsweek that information concerning what units are deployed and where is almost always classified and is a violation of operational security.


“Revealing them casually, through an unusual media exposure even if it’s the commander in chief, would prove a propaganda boom if any of this personnel are detained by a hostile government or captured by a terrorist group. There would be no denying who you are and what you do.”

He doesn't know, and he doesn't care. And apparently no one on his staff does either.
Trump flew to Iraq late Christmas Day after facing a barrage of negative headlines over the holiday season amid a partial government shutdown.


A pool report during Trump’s visit said the details of the trip were embargoed until the president finished giving his remarks to a group of about 100 mostly U.S. special operation troops engaged in combat operations in Iraq and Syria.

The pool report went on to say that Trump paused to take a selfie with U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Kyu Lee, who said he was the chaplain for SEAL Team Five, based out of Coronado, California. The chaplain said Trump told him: “Hey, in that case, let’s take a picture.”

After Air Force One left the Iraqi airspace, Trump posted a video to his Twitter account of his time spent with American forces during his visit to Iraq. Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA,” plays over the video and shows the president and the first lady posing for pictures with service members that appear to be from SEAL Team Five. The special warfare operators are dressed in full battle gear and wearing night vision goggles.

The video cuts to team members shaking the president’s hand before cutting to other special operations personnel and support troops.


"I don't recall another time where special operation forces had to pose with their faces visible while serving in a war zone,” [a] Pentagon official added.
Cheney outed CIA agent Valerie Plame and paid nothing for it.  But she was a woman.  No Trump supporter would have cared.  But SEALs?  That could cause a few some concern.  Could.  Might not.

His Lardship posted a four-part border wall tweet rant this morning, and I'm so sick of him, I'm wasn't even going to read it. Then I did.

He says he'll close the border entirely if the Dems don't give him his way on the wall. Really? He thinks he can do that? Then he complains we lose "soooo much money" with NAFTA that he'd "consider" closing the border. "Consider" is more like it.  Who's he talking to?  How do those people suppose he's going to close the border?  What do they think that means?  What does HE think that means?  Does he think he can simply ban imports/exports to Mexico?  Does he think that would even be a good idea?  Try that one out on Texans.

 And whatever happened to 'look at this great trade deal I made with Canada and Mexico'? He says we either finish the wall or close the border. Good luck with that, asshat.  And what happened to using "barrier" instead of "wall"?  He's so pissed and panicked he's thrown that out the window I guess.

Then he says he's going to cut off aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador because they're "doing nothing for us" and "word is" a new caravan is forming in Honduras.

Has he forgotten that the House changes hands in a few days?

He's obviously panicky this morning. Apparently, a government shutdown wasn't such a good idea after all.

(Rant starts here if you want to read it yourself.  Oh, yeah.  He doesn't thread his tweets, so here are links to the other three parts:  2, 3, 4.  And, here's an article about closing the border.)

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

UPDATE 12/29:
“The special operators voluntarily participated in this open press event,” said U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Carla Gleason, a Pentagon spokeswoman, in an email to Newsweek on Friday. “There was no security violation.”


U.S. Navy Commander Sean Robertson, a Pentagon spokesman, told Newsweek on Friday that from the Defense Department's standpoint, there was no security violation.

"I'm not going to comment on what a command should or should not do," Robertson said regarding an individual unit's operational security policies, but, "this was a free and open event to the press, and from the big DoD perspective, there was no violation."

Since when can special ops people voluntarily reveal their identities?
U.S. Navy Lieutenant Trevor Davids, the Naval Special Warfare Center’s public information officer said: “All these guys will go on to do clandestine work,” he said in his explanation of operational security concerns this past July. “And that work is dangerous.”
More dangerous than ever now.

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