+So much has been going on in the West African country of Niger lately that it is almost mind numbing.  4 US soldiers died fighting an insurgent force and as of yet there is No definitive reason why.

AS a combat veteran I want to know why they died and if they were at all prepared for the task ahead.

The story changes almost daily leading me to believe that someone up the change of command f*cked the pouch and 4 good soldiers died.  Why?

The newest tidbit on this continuing saga……

New details have emerged regarding the attack that left four US soldiers dead in Niger, labeled by some as a “massive intelligence failure.” Per the New York Times, which interviewed military officers, Pentagon officials, and lawmakers, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, and Sgt. La David Johnson somehow became separated from their unit during the Oct. 4 militant attack, which also left five Nigeriens dead and whose “shifting narrative” is now being scrutinized. Specifically, answers are being sought on why these four US troops were left behind initially when French helicopters flew onto the scene two hours after the ambush began and rescued seven other Americans, and why it took two extra days to find and retrieve Johnson’s body from a wooded area near the attack location.

The Times says the four soldiers were at first deemed MIA by the Pentagon, indicating they were believed alive when the French choppers left; US officials contend American, French, and Nigerien forces were still on the ground. The Pentagon also said Thursday this unit had been backup for a second one on the hunt for an Islamic operative, though that second unit’s raid had been called off, per CBS News; the ambushed unit was told to stay behind and gather evidence. Meanwhile, a Nigerien soldier who arrived on the scene as the attack wound down tells CNN he saw troops “ready to fight until the end” and that he’d run into the unit the day before—nowhere near ready for combat, dressed in “T-shirts and baseball caps” with just one heavy machine gun among them and no body armor. US officials say it wasn’t anticipated the troops would come into contact with hostile entities during their mission. A more in-depth look at the Times and CNN.

There are too many people turning this into a game of political football……and each one of them should be shot for doing so.  And so far all we know is that they are dead.

These men deserve better than this bullshit theater that Trump, his ilk and the media are turning into.

Every man, woman and child should be demand the truth behind these deaths…..screw protocol.

Did these men die unnecessarily?

The time for platitudes and campaign speeches is over.

Do not let this be another Yemen!


10 thoughts on “NIGER! WTF?

  1. To say that the men were not expected to run into any hostiles is just not acceptable. These were US troops working in an isolated combat zone, in a country little is really known about. They should have always been 100% prepared for any eventuality, and had the proper equipment and weapons too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. There should be a review of all US military involvement offshore. Reasons, costs, projected benefits. It is unacceptable to pay with blood for bureaucratic incompetence and corporate interests.

  3. Offshore military involvement should be reviewed and the reasons, costs and expected losses and benefits explained to the public.

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