Categories for Military

30,044. 10/29/2019

ISIS/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Asked specifically about the ‘whimpering’ line Monday [10-29-19], Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said he did not know where the President got those details but noted Trump had planned to talk to some of the commandos who carried out the operation and assumed the information came from those conversations…When Trump delivered the ‘whimpering’ line, many officials assumed he had spoken to some of the commandos who carried out the raid — but as of now the White House has not confirmed that he has done that. One defense official tells CNN it is not likely the President’s comments are based on him hearing Baghdadi’s voice inside the Situation Room where he monitored the operation in real time unless special arrangements were made. The raid was a success even if Trump embellished some of the details in his televised address.”

Zachary Cohen and Barbara Starr, “Trump claimed ISIS leader ‘whimpered’ in final moments. Top officials don’t know where he got that detail,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, October 29, 2019 11:25 pm

30,032. 10/29/2019

MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @CoachUrbanMeyer: 🇺🇸 God bless the incredible Men and Women who serve our country. God bless America. Justice served! https://t.co/2LmEC…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 29, 2019 10:08 pm

30,023. 10/29/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/KURDS/MILITARY/SANCTIONS/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “The House voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday [10-29-19] to impose a series of sweeping sanctions on Turkey over its brutal assault on the Kurds in northern Syria, dealing its second bipartisan rebuke to President Trump this month for pulling back American forces to allow for the Turkish incursion. The measure drew broad support from Republicans, including the party’s leaders, underscoring how Mr. Trump’s decision to effectively surrender American influence in the region and abandon Kurdish fighters has provoked the most vocal and intense criticism of the president by his own party since he was elected. The vote was 403 to 16, with 15 Republicans and one Democrat, Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, voting against the legislation. This month, two-thirds of House Republicans joined with Democrats to censure his withdrawal of troops from Syria in a 354 to 60 vote. It was, at the time, the most significant bipartisan repudiation of Mr. Trump since he took office.”

Catie Edmondson, “In Another Bipartisan Rebuke of Trump, House Votes for Sanctions Against Turkey,” The New York Times online, October 29, 2019

30,020. 10/29/2019

ISIS/MILITARY/TERRORISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s number one replacement has been terminated by American troops. Most likely would have taken the top spot – Now he is also Dead!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 29, 2019 8:29 am

29,983. 10/29/2019

MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @newtgingrich: The idea that politicians need to be briefed on a military operation while young men &women are risking their lives is ri…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 29, 2019 6:34 am

29,973. 10/28/2019

ISIS/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump shared a photograph on Monday [10-28-19] of the ‘wonderful’ dog who participated in the raid against Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State leader, but said the dog’s name remained classified. The president tweeted out the photograph after Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had given an update on the dog, whose role in the raid was first disclosed by Mr. Trump on Sunday [10-27-19]…But by late afternoon, Mr. Trump had apparently received special dispensation to post an image of the dog, whose name Newsweek reported is Conan. In the undated image, the dog was wearing a specially made vest or harness…There were reasons for keeping the dog’s name classified. Mark Hertling, a retired three-star general, wrote on Twitter that revealing the name could inadvertently reveal the handler’s name and the military unit used in the raid.”

Katie Rogers, “Trump Shares Photo of ‘Wonderful’ Dog in ISIS Raid, but Not a Name,” The New York Times online, October 28, 2019

29,959. 10/28/2019

ISIS/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi! https://t.co/PDMx9nZWvw

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 28, 2019 3:02 pm

29,954. 10/28/2019

ISIS/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TERRORISM: “President Donald Trump on Monday [10-28-19] said his administration may release video footage of the U.S. special operations raid that resulted in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi…The president characterized the ISIS chief’s demise in cinematic and grisly terms during an address from the White House on Sunday [10-27-19] announcing the overnight raid’s success, employing vivid rhetoric that some critics deemed gratuitous…Trump even likened his real-time monitoring of the mission to ‘watching a movie,’ although the overhead surveillance feeds he was viewing during the raid could not display what was happening in the underground tunnel where Baghdadi killed himself and three children — nor the sounds he was making at the time of his death, according to a report by The New York Times.”

Quint Forgey, “Trump says he may release footage of Baghdadi raid,” Politico, October 28, 2019 10:06 am

29,949. 10/27/2019

MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: Thank you to the service members, military leaders, and agency officials who were critical to the success of this mission.…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 27, 2019 11:49 am

29,899. 10/25/2019

ETHICS/MILITARY/SCOTLAND/TRUMP BUSINESS: “The Air Force has concluded scores of overnight stays at President Donald Trump’s seaside resort in Scotland did not violate any rules but did raise questions about the ‘public perception’ of funneling taxpayer funds to a property owned by the commander in chief. The review, overseen by the Air Mobility Command, recommended aircrew commanders receive additional training to help them decide where to house personnel on overseas missions that include stopovers at civilian airfields such as Glasgow Prestwick Airport, about 40 minutes from Trump’s golf resort. That includes asking ‘are there any obvious concerns to be considered about public perception of where the crew is lodging?’ according to the review, ordered by the Air Force secretary and chief of staff after POLITICO first reported in August that Air Force crews are regularly staying at the plush resort.”

Bryan Bender, “Air Force: Trump resort stays broke no rules but raise ‘public perception’ dilemma,” Politico, October 25, 2019 5:12 pm

29,866. 10/25/2019

ECONOMY/MILITARY/OIL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….USA has gained Trillions of Dollars in wealth since November 2016. All others way down. Our power is Economic before having to use our newly rebuilt Military, a much better alternative. Oil is secured. Our soldiers have left and are leaving Syria for other places, then….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 25, 2019 7:32 am

29,865. 10/25/2019

MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….COMING HOME! We were supposed to be there for 30 days – That was 10 years ago. When these pundit fools who have called the Middle East wrong for 20 years ask what we are getting out of the deal, I simply say, THE OIL, AND WE ARE BRINGING OUR SOLDIERS BACK HOME, ISIS SECURED!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 25, 2019 7:32 am

29,846. 10/24/2019

MILITARY/RUSSIA/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “A ceasefire in northeast Syria seems to be holding ‘by and large’, as major powers gather in Geneva ahead of the first meeting of Syria’s Constitutional Committee next week, the U.N. Special Envoy told Reuters on Thursday [10-24-19]. Geir Pedersen said that envoys from 7 Arab and Western states backing the opposition, known as the ‘small group’, which includes the United States, are due to meet in the Swiss city on Friday [10-25-19]. Senior officials from the so-called Astana three – Russia, Iran and Turkey – were expected in coming days, but he awaited confirmation. The major powers would not participate directly in the ‘Syrian-owned, Syrian-led’ constitutional effort, or the opening public ceremony, but they supported the process, he said. Talks are on track despite Turkey’s cross-border offensive launched on Oct. 9 after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. forces out of northeast Syria.”

Stephanie Nebehay, “Syria ceasefire holding ahead of Constitutional Committee: U.N. envoy tells Reuters,” Reuters, October 24, 2019 9:55 am

29,814. 10/23/2019

MILITARY/OBAMA/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: ‘Eight long years after President Obama’s ill-fated push at regime change, U.S. troops are still on the ground in Syria. Mo…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 23, 2019 12:45 pm

29,806. 10/23/2019

KURDS/MILITARY/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday [10-23-19] a ceasefire in northern Syria is now permanent and lifted sanctions on Turkey as a result, rejecting criticism of his decision to pull out U.S. troops that allowed Kurdish allies to come under attack. In a White House speech, Trump described the truce as a ‘major breakthrough’ negotiated by a team led by Vice President Mike Pence. Trump said he instructed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to rescind sanctions imposed on Turkey after it attacked the Kurds ‘unless something happens that we are not happy with’…The speech failed to blunt attacks from U.S. lawmakers over Trump’s abrupt decision early this month to withdraw troops out of northeastern Syria to clear the way for the Turkish incursion. Congress was still working on a sanctions package of its own to punish Turkey for its cross-border offensive.”

Steve Holland, Makini Brice, “Trump says Turkey’s ceasefire in northern Syria now permanent, sanctions lifted,” Reuters, October 23, 2019 8:56 am

29,797. 10/23/2019

FOREIGN AID/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “Neither he (Taylor) or any other witness has provided testimony that the Ukrainians were aware that military aid was being withheld. You can’t have a quid pro quo with no quo.’ Congressman John Ratcliffe @foxandfriends Where is the Whistleblower? The Do Nothing Dems case is DEAD!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 23, 2019 6:32 am

29,782. 10/22/2019

CONGRESS/MILITARY/SANCTIONS/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “Congress vowed two weeks ago to impose sanctions on Turkey and rebuke President Donald Trump for withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria. But the Senate has struggled to make any substantial headway in condemning the Turkish government for its incursion into Syria and to convince the president to reverse course. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a resolution Tuesday [10-22-19] calling on Trump to end the U.S. withdrawal of troops after the House overwhelmingly passed a similar measure last week, and Senate Republicans grilled a State Department official over the move. But so far, senators have not coalesced around a clear legislative solution. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) reiterated Tuesday that he, along Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the ranking Democrat on the panel, is working on their own sanctions bill, and urged committee members to unite around a single solution.”

Marianne Levine, “Senate struggles with response after Trump’s Syria pullout,” Politico, October 22, 2019 7:27 pm

29,781. 10/22/2019

KURDS/MILITARY/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just weeks ago, aides to President Donald Trump unveiled a task force charged with preventing ethnic cleansing, genocide and other mass atrocities — and holding accountable the perpetrators of such crimes around the world. The effort was driven in part by Congress, but aides cast it as part of Trump’s ‘comprehensive approach’ to human rights. ‘We’re very excited about this,’ one senior administration official said in a mid-September briefing that drew little attention. Now, Trump himself faces the prospect of a mass atrocity directly following his decisions. By suddenly pulling U.S. troops from northeast Syria, analysts say Trump has left the Kurdish population there — including many who fought as U.S. allies against the Islamic State terrorist group — vulnerable to invading Turkish forces. Trump didn’t help his case when, in a nod to Turkey’s view that many Kurds are terrorists, he said the Turks needed the area ‘cleaned out.’”

Nahal Toosi, “Trump pledged to prevent atrocities. Now he may face one on his watch.,” Politico, October 22, 2019 6:26 pm

29,730. 10/21/2019

FOREIGN AID/FOREIGN POLICY/IMPEACHMENT/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “A July 25 call between President Trump and the president of Ukraine is the basis for an impeachment inquiry into whether Mr. Trump withheld American military aid until Ukrainian officials investigated former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son, Hunter. Last week the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, effectively acknowledged the quid pro quo, although he said the aid was in part contingent on Ukraine’s investigating Mr. Trump’s widely debunked theory that Ukraine, not Russia, was responsible for hacking Democratic Party emails in 2016. The theory is politically helpful to Mr. Trump because it would show he was elected president without that Russian help. Mr. Mulvaney was unapologetic in his remarks. ‘I have news for everybody: Get over it,’ Mr. Mulvaney told reporters at the White House. ‘There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy.’”

Katie Rogers, “‘Get Over It’? Why Political Influence in Foreign Policy Matte,” The New York Times online, October 21, 2019

29,727. 10/21/2019

MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “President Trump has repeatedly promised to end what he calls America’s ‘endless wars,’ fulfilling a promise he made during the campaign. No wars have ended, though, and more troops have deployed to the Middle East in recent months than have come home. Mr. Trump is not so much ending wars, as he is moving troops from one conflict to another. Tens of thousands of American troops remain deployed all over the world, some in war zones such as Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and — even still — Syria. And the United States maintains even more troops overseas in large legacy missions far from the wars following the Sept. 11 attacks, in such allied lands as Germany, South Korea and Japan. Although deployment numbers fluctuate daily, based on the needs of commanders, shifting missions and the military’s ability to shift large numbers of personnel by transport planes and warships, a rough estimate is that 200,000 troops are deployed overseas today.”

Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt, “Despite Vow to End ‘Endless Wars,’ Here’s Where About 200,000 Troops Remain,” The New York Times online, October 21, 2019

29,702. 10/20/2019

KURDS/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘The ceasefire is holding up very nicely. There are some minor skirmishes that have ended quickly. New areas being resettled with Kurds. U.S. soldiers are not in combat or ceasefire zone. We have secured the Oil.’ Mark Esper, Secretary of Defense. Ending endless wars!”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 20, 2019 10:03 am

29,701. 10/20/2019

KURDS/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Mark Esperanto, Secretary of Defense, ‘The ceasefire is holding up very nicely. There are some minor skirmishes that have ended quickly. New areas being resettled with the Kurds.’ USA soldiers are not in combat or ceasefire zones. We have secured the Oil. Bringing soldiers home!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 20, 2019 8:15 am

29,610. 10/18/2019

KURDS/MILITARY/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “The United States had encouraged its Kurdish allies to dismantle their defenses in northern Syria, saying it would make it easier to assure Turkey that the Kurds posed no threat. So in recent months, according to three American officials involved, the Kurds blew up tunnels and destroyed trenches, leaving themselves vulnerable as the United States promised that it would have their back. Now, a week after President Trump’s decision to pull American support from them, the sense of betrayal among the Kurds, trusted allies now being forced to flee under assault from Turkey, is matched only by their outrage at who will move in: Turkish soldiers supported by Syrian fighters the United States had long rejected as extremists, criminals and thugs…The sudden empowerment of Turkish-backed Syrian militias is yet another swift turnaround in Syria’s eight-year-old war, and it was unleashed by President Trump’s decision to pull United States troops out of the way for a Turkish military incursion.”

Ben Hubbard and David D. Kirkpatrick, “Kurds’ Sense of Betrayal Compounded by Empowerment of Unsavory Rivals,” The New York Times online, October 18, 2019

29,578. 10/17/2019

MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “RT @realDonaldTrump: I am the only person who can fight for the safety of our troops & bring them home from the ridiculous & costly Endless…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 17, 2019 7:58 am

29,570. 10/17/2019

FOREIGN AID/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/UKRAINE: “President Donald Trump’s withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine was linked to his request that the Ukrainians look into a claim – debunked as a conspiracy theory – about the 2016 U.S. election, a senior presidential aide said on Thursday [10-17-19], the first time the White House acknowledged such a connection. Trump and administration officials had denied for weeks that they had demanded a ‘quid pro quo’ – a Latin phrase meaning a favor for a favor – for delivering the U.S. aid, a key part of a controversy that has triggered an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives against the Republican president.

Jeff Mason, Karen Freifeld, “White House acknowledges strings attached in Trump withholding Ukraine aid,” Reuters, October 17, 2019 3:16 am