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Yes, we know the Trump administration lies. It lies when politically expedient, it lies when it isn’t, it lies out of habit, it lies when the truth is more helpful, but perhaps we didn’t know that it would lie when to do so would break a sacred duty to the American people, and the people that serve us so bravely.

The Trump administration lied when stating we suffered no casualties when Iran bombed an Iraqi base housing U.S. personnel. There were 11 U.S. casualties – not deaths, injuries – but some of our best people were hurt severely enough to require medical treatment elsewhere.
Politico brings us some of the details, from Politico:

While no troops were killed in the strike on Iraq’s Al-Asad air base, “several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed,” U.S. Central Command spokesman Capt. Bill Urban said in a statement.

There has been a great deal of research into concussion symptoms and a concussion’s danger going forward. A concussion is something that could have lingering effects for some time. It is not a “non-issue.”

But Urban said Thursday that “in the days following” the strike, “out of an abundance of caution,” eight troops were transported from the Al-Asad air base to a medical center in Germany, and another three were moved to Kuwait “for follow-on screening.” He did not specify a timeline for their diagnosis and treatment

Moreover, these concussions are the result of an attack that was far more serious than we originally heard. The attack seems purposefully under reported.

One might speculate that the United States had an interest in convincing the American people that the bombs were symbolic, and that the Iranians were too afraid to retaliate directly against Americans. Such a message would serve Trump well.

Not so.

The attack was more of a very “close miss” rather than safe distance message, Via Rawstory

Initial reports about the attack speculated that Iran had tried to avoid areas of the base that housed military personnel. But U.S. officials soon rejected that notion. In a Jan. 8 press conference, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said,

“The points of impact were close enough to personnel and equipment, so on and so forth, I believe, based on what I saw and what I know, is that they were intended to cause structural damage, destroy vehicles and equipment and aircraft, and to kill personnel.”

Initial reports about the attack speculated that Iran had tried to avoid areas of the base that housed military personnel. But U.S. officials soon rejected that notion. In a Jan. 8 press conference, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said,

“The points of impact were close enough to personnel and equipment, so on and so forth, I believe, based on what I saw and what I know, is that they were intended to cause structural damage, destroy vehicles and equipment and aircraft, and to kill personnel.”

The leader of an Army drone team told NPR that he was “knocked off his feet by the blast.” Others told the New York Times that missiles damaged the building they were in.

“Intended to cause massive damage and kill personnel” is quite different than the initial self-serving release made by the administration, yes?

It seems they wanted us to believe that the assassination of Soleimani had scared the Iranians so badly that they were afraid to actually attack us, only rain missiles well outside American bases to ensure no one got hurt.

Except that was not what happened. It all adds up to the fact that we cannot even trust this Administration to tell us the most sacred and sacrosanct truths.

I was going to go have lunch, but my stomach is a bit unsettled, and I have been fighting my computer all morning.

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Peace, y’all (HUGE computer problems this morning operating new formats and such, apologies while I work kinks out.)

Jason

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