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Friday, October 20, 2017

What happened in Niger?

Today I watched the White House press briefing in which General Kelly spoke of Trump's phone call to the wife of a soldier killed in Niger. Kelly's talk was disturbing on a whole number of levels, from his sad mention of his son's death to his attack on Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida (After Video Refutes Kelly’s Charges, Congresswoman Raises Issue of Race) to his opinions on people who do and do not serve in the military.

The reason this even was a thing is because four US servicemen were killed in an ambush in Niger under what seem to be mysterious circumstances and Trump has remained mum about the event for the last two weeks ....

US launches investigation into deadly Niger ambush and confusion that followed

The Defense Department is conducting an initial review of the mission in Niger and the ambush by 50 ISIS-affiliated fighters that left four US soldiers dead and two wounded. Multiple US officials have described to CNN a scene of confusion on the ground during the unexpected firefight. The investigation will be an effort "to get all the facts correct," an administration official familiar with the review told CNN. The review will aim to determine precisely what happened -- something that is still not clear nearly two weeks after the incident occurred, according to the official ....

Rachel Maddow has an opinion on why Trump has remained silent ...

And more from Lawrence O'Donnell on Kelly's talk ...

More: What the Hell Happened in Niger?


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