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Wed Nov 20, 2019, 08:31 AM

Why is Trump meddling with the jailed Special Forces?

Could he be currying favor with the soldiers as he begins building his Palace Guard? I KNOW, where is my tinfoil hat..but I am wondering why he would even care.....what's in it for him?

..."Late last week, President Trump pardoned two service members and reversed the demotion of a third, each of whom was accused of war crimes."


https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/11/19/trump-pardons-people-accused-war-crimes-because-he-thinks-war-should-be-savage/

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Response to bobGandolf (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 08:40 AM

1. Oliver North and the NRA?

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Response to bobGandolf (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 08:41 AM

2. Must be one of

Erik Prince's pals. I suppose he has assembled a "private army" with the help of that mercenary leader.

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Response to bobGandolf (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 08:41 AM

3. Everything he does is quid pro quo.

He pardoned these men for a reason; they owe him now and he will expect loyalty in whatever he asks them to do.

You're not crazy for thinking this way.

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Response to Claritie Pixie (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 12:35 PM

11. Nice to know..

I'm not the only one whose ears perked up.

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Response to bobGandolf (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 08:43 AM

4. ... favor of (dirty, criminal) soldiers who might lash out on his behalf.

That's who he's messaging.

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Response to bobGandolf (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 08:47 AM

5. why? He sees this a way to poke democrats/liberals and it did BUT the sideeffect is pissing the

 

military off. The really do take war crimes seriously

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Response to bobGandolf (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:01 AM

6. Pay attention to the dates

Last edited Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:39 AM - Edit history (1)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathew_L._Golsteyn
Golsteyn graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2002. He was commissioned into the army and was recommended for discharge, following an inquiry, in 2015.[5] The inquiry allowed him to keep his veteran's benefits.[6][4] In 2011, then Captain Golsteyn was awarded a Silver Star, for actions in February 2010; however, the award was revoked in 2015, after an investigation into an rules-of-engagement violation by Golsteyn in 2010.[7][8]
Killing of Alleged Afghan bomb-maker

In 2010 Golsteyn was part of Operation Moshtarak, a campaign to liberate the town of Marjah, Helmand Province, from the Taliban. In February, a bomb killed two Marines who had been working under Golsteyn's command. Golsteyn and his team searched the nearby village for the bomb-maker, whom they believed was a local named Rasoul. A tribal leader alleged that Rasoul was a member of the Taliban. According to the Army, the leader did not want Rasoul released and feared that if he was released that he would kill the tribal leader. According to an interview with the CIA in 2011, Golsteyn claimed that another soldier had later taken the alleged bomb-maker off base, and then shot and killed him. Golsteyn said that he later helped burn the body. After this revelation, the Army investigated the case, but closed it with no charges in 2013.[9]

In November 2016, Golsteyn was a guest on a Fox news show. Asked by host Bret Baier if he had killed the suspected bomb-maker, Golsteyn responded "yes". Golstyen's admission led to the Army reopening the case.[9]


Who was president when it happened? At the time of the initial investigation? At the time it was re-opened?

Wingnuts have held Golsteyn up as an example of how Democrats in general and Obama specifically persecute All-American Heroes(tm) Doing Their Duty(tm). It thumps the same drum Republicans have been beating since Vietnam, about how "chickenshit gummint byoooreacrats stabbed us in the back/made us fight with one arm tied behind our back". This crowd also isn't too keen on the idea of Americans being prosecuted for war crimes under any circumstances, no matter what was done.

In other words, once again Trump plays to his base and in his own mind gets another dig at Obama.

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Response to JHB (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:21 AM

7. He is married to one of my former students.

I had unfriended her on facebook years ago before this all came out because she was always spewing garbage about President Obama. These evil men should have never been pardoned....trump is telling the world that war crimes are just dandy.

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Response to bobGandolf (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 11:57 AM

8. On MJ this morning they said that the Navy is proceeding

with removing the trident designation from those SEALs that they know are guilty, whether trump intervenes or not. It looks like the Navy is trying to police their own, no matter what trump wants.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 01:22 AM

12. I thought..

the armed services would react negatively to his meddling in their affairs.

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Response to bobGandolf (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 12:00 PM

9. He's meddling with the UCMJ and undermining military law...

I'm guessing he's doing it for his rabid base.

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Response to bobGandolf (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 12:02 PM

10. He's always playing to his Deplorables, in this case their Rambo fantasies

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Response to bobGandolf (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 02:31 AM

13. Trump has to feed the jingoists in his base every once in while-He might need them for his civil war

And this doesn't curry favor with any good (honorable) soldiers. It should piss them off to no end. More bad actors will do horrible things now and the entire military will be smeared with it.

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Response to bobGandolf (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 07:10 AM

14. Just the sort of thing bush/cheney would have done

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Response to bobGandolf (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 07:35 AM

15. He identifies with the special operations troops.

He looks at a Special Forces soldier, and sees himself. It's like a mirror of his young, vigorous, self.

If it weren't for some bone spurs, you wouldn't believe what a special soldier he would have been.



This from a former, very un-special, army draftee.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #15)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 06:47 AM

16. Bah, haha...

thanks, brought a big smile to my face.

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Response to bobGandolf (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 08:54 AM

17. Because of Fox News and Guilliani, of course. Seriously.

Perhaps itís because Gallagherís legal team includes two Trump friends who are also former partners of his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani: investigator Bernard Kerik, who is a former New York police commissioner and also a convicted felon; and Marc Mukasey, who represents Trump in a New York bank-records case. Another Gallagher advocate has been Fox News commentator Pete Hegseth, who reportedly has been represented by Tim Parlatore, Gallagherís lead lawyer.



https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/insurgents-lobbied-trump-for-war-crimes-pardons-with-little-pentagon-involvement-officials-say/2019/11/21/b6a0c62e-0c75-11ea-bd9d-c628fd48b3a0_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-is-sabotaging-his-military/2019/11/21/6b46199e-0cad-11ea-97ac-a7ccc8dd1ebc_story.html

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Response to bobGandolf (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 10:53 AM

18. Ruth Ben-Ghiat nails the reasoning, I think

She's an NYU professor and a leading expert on authoritarianism


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Authoritarian leaders love to issue pardons and amnesties (Mussolini 1925, Pinochet 1978, Trump 2017-) because it ties pardoned people to them, frees up more criminals to serve them, and sends the message that lawlessness is valued.




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Response to bobGandolf (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 12:45 PM

19. TrumPutin already knows these criminals will do anything. Now he owns them.

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