BAD INTEL, BAD JUDGMENT
A series of incidents involving Special Operations Forces in Africa raises questions about oversight, effectiveness, and whether a coherent strategy exists at all.
HEARTS AND MINDS
The strategy of ISIS and al Qaeda in Africa is to offer local law and order and basic support services while building hate for the U.S. In Niger, in Tongo Tongo, it worked.
With his attacks on a Gold Star widow and her congresswoman, Trump’s hoping his base enjoys seeing him put a woman ‘back in her place.’ That may not work in a post-Weinstein world.
The ‘Late Night’ host suggested Trump ‘do what a normal, decent human being would do: apologize and then be quiet.’
Plenty Else to Attack
The temptation is strong, Democrats, but don’t be as sleazy and unprincipled as the other side—not after four years of blasting demagoguery. It’ll only make Trump look sympathetic.
For all the attention on the tragic encounter that killed Sgt. La David Johnson and his fellow troops, precious little is known about what really happened in Niger.
NEVER-ENDING MISSION CREEP
The death of four soldiers has opened eyes to that mission. It’s also raised a question: How can our presence there be justified by a law passed in 2001?