This AM, Trump accused Democrats of "holding the military hostage." Tonight, Iraq War vet/Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth told Trump: “I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five deferment draft dodger." https://shareblue.com/iraq-war-vet-tammy-duckworth-nails-trump-i-will-not-be-lectured-by-a-draft-dodger/#.WmPpYNKhjQs.twitter …
If you're going to hop on a military soap box, Tammy, then, yes, you will.
He's the Commander in Chief of the military.
You're being very disrespectful for someone citing her own service.
Reality, anyone can criticize the president.
But if you think you have more of a right because you were in the service, then you better watch your damn mouth.
And maybe it's time America made clear to Tammy and every other veteran, you don't get extra.
You didn't defend the country from an attack.
You were used overseas to destroy.
I'm sorry you were used. I will fight to ensure that the government supplies the medical treatment and anything else you were promised. I will also fight to ensure education benefits.
But grasp that the Constitution does not elevate you above anyone else.
You do not have any more of a right to speak about this subject or that subject.
In fact, on the international landscape, maybe you have no right to speak?
Many countries are furious with the US for our 'adventures' overseas -- and many have a right to be.
So maybe you self-presenting as the Voice of America isn't that helpful?
In Iraq, millions are dead.
I get it, Tammy, you were sent there.
I don't blame you.
I don't attack you for that.
But let's stop pretending that anything heroic happened in the Iraq War.
Killing millions is not heroic.
Poisoning the land so that birth defects are the new feature of Iraq.
Widows and orphans.
Freedom? In 2010, the Iraqi people voted Nouri al-Maliki out of office. Eight months later, when he refused to step down, Barack Obama had a legal contract negotiated (The Erbil Agreement) to give Nouri a second term. Nouri then wanted a third term but Barack couldn't stomach that. So he installed Hayder al-Abadi, Nouri's junior roll dog.
In May, Iraq will hold elections again. We'll see if they matter. If they do, it will be the first time they have since the US invaded in 2003.
The fretting and hysteria -- Tammy's and others -- over the government shutdown?
I don't have time for this nonsense. Didn't last go round. Or the one before.
I get that the media is alarmist. I get that they don't do reality but they do hysteria very well.
What's going on -- even now -- is a negotiation process.
It happened under President Jimmy Carter, under President Ronald Reagan, under President George Bush, under President Bill Carter and under President Barack Obama.
It would be nice if people could be rational about it.
Donald Trump, apparently, can't be. I've never expected rationality from Donald. I have expected it from Tammy Duckworth. Instead, she's not only being disrespectful, she's also spitting on Americans. (Not serving in Vietnam is not a bad thing in my book. I attacked Dick Cheney for many things but never for not serving. I wish no American had served in Vietnam.)
Again, serving in the military does not give her more free speech than anyone else, it doesn't make her kinder or smarter.
All of you fools on Twitter repeating her remarks -- I notice that none of you served.
So the logic you're endorsing? It says you should your mouths. So why don't you?
What Tnuza Jamal Hassan did was a crime.
To many people around the world, her reasoning is understandable. They don't necessarily see it as accurate but they do get the rage someone can feel as the US government has destroyed Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria . . .
And to pretend like this is not the case is stupidity.
Do you get it?
America has looked away from the Iraq War since Bully Boy Bush left office. It has been collectively ignored except to rah-rah around it when Barack was in the White House.
Americans, as a whole, have refused to be honest and reflective and admit that their government started an unprovoked war and killed millions as a result.
We get Ellen DeGeneres dancing with Bully Boy Bush and acting like everything's cool.
It is not cool.
It is certainly not cool in Iraq.
Iraq is destroyed.
Tammy Duckworth has no mountain of integrity to stand upon.
I blame the US government for what was done to Iraq.
But I'm not going to pretend that Tammy's some wonderful hero, Mother Teresa with a firearm, who did wonderful things in Iraq.
Maybe it's time for Tammy and those sharing her 'logic' to show some damn humility.
FARS NEWS AGENCY reports:
A British monitoring group reported that the number of civilians killed by the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria tripled in 2017, estimating that the number of civilian deaths in the two countries surged by 200 percent in 2017 compared to the year before.
“In 2017 the war against ISIS (. . . or ISIL) moved into the most densely-populated urban centers controlled by the group, with dire results for civilians,” Airwars, a London-based monitor, said, World News reported.
"This toll coincided with the start of the [US President Donald] Trump presidency, which has declared the conflict against [ISIS ] to be a 'war of annihilation'," it added.
According to Airwars, the coalition conducted almost 11,573 artillery and air strikes, which showed an increase of 50 percent in comparison with the previous year, while more than 70 percent of the strikes were in Syria.
The group also noted that 766 attacks carried out last year wounded some 2,443 civilians in both countries.
Beat your chest with pride, Tammy Duckworth?
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