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All I Want for Christmas…Is Information about U.S. Military Deployments | Cato @ Liberty

Posted by Martin C. Fox on December 20, 2017

most Americans had no idea that troops deployed to Africa on so-called ‘train-and equip’ missions were engaged in active combat

The train and equip ploy is so transparent I fail to understand how it fools anyone. Sadly it does as this country is overrun with sheeple that let the Nightly News, CNN and Fox News do their thinking for them.  The warparty’s willing, useful idiots.

Truth from the military!!! Right!

https://www.cato.org/blog/all-i-want-christmas-information-about-us-military-deployments

2017 has been a year of massive expansion for the Global War on Terror, but you could be forgiven for not noticing. In addition to the media focus on the ongoing chaos in the Trump White House, the Pentagon has consistently avoided disclosing where and who America’s armed forces are engaged in fighting until forced to do so.

Take Syria, where the Pentagon long claimed that there were only 500 boots on the ground, even though anecdotal accounts suggested a much higher total. When Maj. General James Jarrard accidentally admitted to reporters at a press conference in October that the number was closer to 4000, his statement was quickly walked back. Finally, last week, the Pentagon officially acknowledged that there are in fact 2000 troops on the ground in Syria, and pledged that theywill stay there ‘indefinitely.’

Even when we do know how many troops are stationed abroad, we often don’t know what they’re doing. Look at Niger, where a firefight in October left four soldiers dead. Prior to this news—and to the President’s disturbing decision to publicly feud with the widow of one of the soldiers—most Americans had no idea that troops deployed to Africa on so-called ‘train-and equip’ missions were engaged in active combat…

So if I could ask for one change to U.S. foreign policy for Christmas, I’d like to know where American troops are and what they’re doing there. It’s past time for a little more transparency, from the Trump administration, and from the Pentagon.

Be seeing you

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