President Donald Trump responded forcefully Friday to a report in the online magazine The Atlantic, which claimed he had disparaged fallen troops and wounded veterans on a trip to France in 2018, calling them ‘losers’ and ‘suckers.’
I received the story early in the morning from a former federal law enforcement official, as well as a military veteran, who like my husband, Marty, fought on numerous battlefields around the world in duty to our nation.
In fact, one of my husband’s best friends was killed several years after Marty was wounded and blinded permanently in Eastern Afghanistan.
On that day that Brian lost his life, he was going after a foreign terrorist that was operating in the country. It was late at night, and he wanted to clear the rooftop because his men were below and exposed. He was just that kind of guy, all the men he served with would say. He, like my husband, would be the person you’d want next to you during a fight. They would never desert or betray anyone.
As soon as Brian got to the rooftop, the terrorist was hiding in the darkness and shot him. He was able to call in on his radio to let his team know he’d been hit. His good friend, Nate, was already on his way up when he heard the call. He didn’t hesitate to climb in the darkness of night to save Brian. As I heard it, Nate made it up the side of the building to help Brian, the terrorist who was hiding in the darkness shot him in the head. Killing Brian’s friend instantly. The terrorist then shot Brian one final time.
I often wonder what was the last thing Brian, who wrangled with the demons of war, thought of when he knew he wasn’t making it off that building. I believe it was his wife and daughter.
I remember him talking with the guys at a party shortly before he deployed to Afghanistan. They were drinking and he was giving a pep talk: “why is it we do what we do?”‘ I won’t go into all of the reasons here because it’s a complicated answer.
It’s complicated, partly because it is who they are and their disposition to be protectors and guardians of our nation. They are the kind of people you want beside you in battle when things go sideways. They are loyal, true and will never walk away when you need them most.
Both Brian and Nate had children, they were good husbands and just wanted to do what they do best to make the world a better place for all of us. They gave up everything in the process.
My husband’s last memories before the darkness swept him and blinded him was the rough mountainous and vast foreign landscape of Eastern Afghanistan. He also recalls the rifle hitting the rocks beside his feet before the lights went out. It has not been easy.
I don’t believe and I don’t want to believe that President Donald Trump would disparage our fallen and wounded soldiers. For the most part, I don’t believe it. The few times I’ve spoken to the President he’s told me about the concern for the troops, endless wars and the need to do more for our veterans.
He responded to the story’s other accusations that he didn’t want to fly the flags at half mast for former Arizona Sen. John McCain, who was a veteran and who frequently sparred publicly with Trump over many issues.
“I never called John (McCain) a loser,” said Trump. “And swear on whatever, and whoever, I was asked to swear on that I never called our great fallen soldiers anything but heroes.”
I spoke to a close friend of the President, who has traveled with him and has been with him at Dover Air Force Base when fallen troops have arrived in American flag covered caskets on their final journey home. The source noted that the Atlantic’s story is far from the man they know.
It’s also hard for me to believe and why if this is true didn’t these sources reveal this two years ago. Why wait now if they were so outraged? Maybe we should ask but all four of the sources were cowards who didn’t want their names in the story and did it anonymously.
The accusations they made should have been on the record. The President has the right to confront the accusers. This is a vicious election and the President’s actions do not match up with what is being said about him in The Atlantic by these sources.
He has done more for our veterans than any President I can remember. He cares about military families and has made them a priority. His actions speak louder than words.
As for all our men and women in uniform they are my heroes.
I have great pride in my husband and my family’s service to this nation. My brothers served in the military, one in the Air Force and the other in the Army. My father fought in World War II and the Korean War. My grandfather fought in WWI and my mother’s family were warriors against rising communism and Fidel Castro in Cuba.
My husband served our nation since he was 17 years old and I wouldn’t want anyone else in my life but him.
I believe in President Trump and it would be an honor for me to discuss the issues with him on my podcast about our military and the accusations lobbed against him by these anonymous sources.
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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village
Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.
But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.
Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19
The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.
Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China
The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”
Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World
The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”
In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.
While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.
You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic
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