The previous blog discussed a story in Friday’s New York Times suggesting that Russia was offering a bounty on “coalition forces in Afghanistan”, some of which are U.S. Troops – and President Trump is doing nothing about it.
As the blog points out, no specific evidence is offered to back this up, and if you read the article closely, it doesn’t specify Russia is actually doing anything new there that they haven’t already been doing, thus anything that that would require a change in existing policy.
This article, in my opinion, doesn’t speak very well of the New York Times – hardly a surprise given how far the integrity of this once-worthwhile newspaper has fallen in recent years. But what it does do is provide Joe Biden with an opportunity to attack President Trump.
And here, from Lynn Berry’s article for the Associated Press, is how he (or, more exactly, his writers) did it:
“The truly shocking revelation that if the Times report is true, and I emphasize that again, is that President Trump, the commander in chief of American troops serving in a dangerous theater of war, has known about this for months, according to the Times, and done worse than nothing.
“Not only has he failed to sanction and impose any kind of consequences on Russia for this egregious violation of international law, Donald Trump has continued his embarrassing campaign of deference and debasing himself before Vladimir Putin.
“(it is a betrayal of the most sacred duty we bear as a nation — to protect and equip our troops when we send them into harm’s way.”
“Our troops) should never, never, never ever face a threat like this with their commander in chief turning a blind eye to a foreign power putting a bounty on their heads.
“I’m quite frankly outraged by the report.”
In other words, “Donald Trump is an incompetent, a scoundrel who couldn’t care less if he puts our troops in mortal danger, and a kiss-up pal to vladimir putin who will obediently do what putin wants…
…except I have no idea of whether any of this is true, so don’t hold me to any of it.”
Here’s the news, Joe (actually, to his writers who, I am sure, are the ones who came up with this script): if Trump was told about new, specific actions by Russia to kill our troops and did nothing about it, I’d agree with just about everything you said.
The problem, however, is that there’s no evidence to back any of it up, other than a completely non-specific article from a Trump-hating newspaper.
Oh, one other question, Joe: who put those troops there in the first place?
Unless I’ve got this wrong (and I don’t), when you and Barack Obama took office, we had already won that war and there were about 31,000 – 33,000 troops in Afghanistan.
YOU were the ones who tripled the number of troops there to over 100,000. YOU were the ones under whom the vast majority of our military deaths occurred.
Here are the actual numbers:
-During the Bush administration – during which we won the war in Afghanistan – we lost 564 troops there.
-During the Trump administration, we have lost 63 troops there.
-But during the Obama administration, with its useless troop surge which accomplished virtually nothing? We lost 1,729 troops in Afghanistan.
You want Donald Trump to answer for some percentage of 63 deaths based on no specific information? How about you and Barack Obama answering for 1,729 of them that we actually know about?
Joe? You want to comment on that, please?
I didn’t think so.