It’s been a long eight years of hibernation for the “Grim Milestone Media,” but it appears they have awoken.
All week the media has been on the attack against President Trump, rightly or wrongly, over his condolence calls to families of the four U.S. special operations soldiers who were killed in an ambush in Niger near the border with Mali on October 4.
As is the case following fatal incidents, the Pentagon has opened up an investigation into the Niger ambush.
One of the leading conspiracy theories being pushed by Maddow is that the Niger ambush is related the withdrawal of troops from Chad, purportedly because Chad had been included in the expansion of Trump’s travel ban. This despite the fact that no Chad official has actually said so.
But as one Central Africa expert has noted, the Chadian troops fighting against Boko Haram in Niger were stationed nearly 750 miles from the ambush site near the border with Mali.
Politico tried to gin up another controversy yesterday by reporting that the National Security Council had prepared a public statement for Trump to read on October 5, the day after the ambush, expressing sorrow for the loss of three of the special operations soldiers.
The media spin on this is that Trump was indifferent and wanted to remain silent on a military failure.
But the evident explanation is that another soldier, Sgt. La David T. Johnson, remained missing and a massive search by multinational forces was underway. Sgt. Johnson’s body was recovered a day later.
As the Politico article notes, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders did make a statement on the death of the three soldiers on October 5 but failed to mention that the search for Sgt. Johnson was ongoing at the time.
Which raises the third line of media attacks: that contrary to the U.S. military ethos, Sgt. Johnson had been “left behind.”
But Marine Lt. Gen. McKenzie shot that down during the Pentagon press briefing on Thursday, saying that multinational forces were in the battlespace constantly from the time of the attack, and the search for Sgt. Johnson didn’t stop until he was found.