I'm seeing a lot of people post "Never Forget" on social media. We all mourn in our own ways, and I don't begrudge them that. But I remember that exact moment, when the 2nd plane hit, and horror turned to rage as I (and everybody else) realized it wasn't a freak accident, it was a brutal attack. It will not be forgotten, any more than Pearl Harbor was forgotten. But we also need to recognize this: There are combatants on both sides in Afghanistan who had not been born yet when the Twin Towers fell. It is (by far) the longest War in our nation's history, and people still keep finding reasons to continue it:
Even if Trump didn't know (unlikely), his Chief of Staff most assuredly did:
A former American official said the national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, and the president’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, would have been involved in any decision to brief Mr. Trump on Russia’s activities, as would have the intelligence analyst who briefs the president. The director of the C.I.A., Gina Haspel, might have also weighed in, the former official said.
Ms. McEnany cited those three senior officials in her statement saying the president had not been briefed.
The most likely scenario is that Trump was (verbally) briefed on the issue, as well as having it included in his daily intelligence packets (which he probably didn't read). But whether Trump knew or not, his current position of, "I don't believe it, it's not credible," is a direct assault on the integrity of our intelligence community and Special Operations who put themselves in harm's way to uncover this deadly plot:
Karen Kwiatkowski (a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force) says that American troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan are changing the way we view those conflicts and the way we view the administration that sent them in the first place.
We still wonâ€™t see this level of honesty in all the major national papers, but we no longer have to rely solely on the independent or international news for the truth. Talk to the reservists and guardsmen and active soldiers and marines who have returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan, on leave and between tours. Hear their words across your kitchen table and your local bar, listen to their pillow talk and their advice to their children, nieces and nephews.
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