Trump finally listened to his advisers. He didn’t want to go to a war zone, but when it was pointed out to him that he would be the first illegitimate president in 12 years not to visit the troops during the Christmas season, he reluctantly agreed.
These visits by our Commanders-in-Chief were previously intended to be morale boosters; not this time. Trump used the event to bolster his own ego.
Former US Army four-star Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who was awarded three Purple Heart medals, two Distinguished Service Crosses, and two Silver Stars, described Trump’s visit as “embarrassing” and “entirely inappropriate.”
It was apparent that Trump campaign staffers brought with them memorabilia for the orange man to sign and give to the troops, including his “make America white again” hats.
McCaffrey said, “it’s a good thing that the president went to Iraq and visited the troops,” but suggested that what was supposed to be a morale-boosting visit between troops and the commander-in-chief, became a political affair instead.
McCaffrey also noted that when Trump announced removing our troops from Syria, against the advice of military leaders, he suggested using Iraq as a staging area for possible future interventions into Syria, he followed Bush’s example of ignoring the sovereignty of a nation which has been at war for more than 16 years.
McCaffrey also noted that while Trump was in Iraq, he ignored Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi.
“The whole notion of going into Iraq and not genuflecting … the Iraqis is simply outrageous,” McCaffrey said. “And announcing we’re going to use it as the site from which we’ll conduct combat operations in other nations, I mean, it’s just inciting Iraqi sovereignty concerns.”
Finally, in his speech to the men and women he couldn’t resist telling another obvious lie. He claimed that they had received a 10 percent raise, their first in ten years. Total bullshit.
After Trump departed, Abdul-Mahdi called for an immediate withdrawal of all United States troops from his country.
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Op-ed by this “Wise Old Fart,” James Turnage
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