This two word sentence was uttered yesterday by the President of the United States, not as a question, as posed here, but rather as a statement of some sort of aberrant, sick fact. To what does he refer? The not many is how many he says have been killed in Afghanistan of late. So I did some checking on this not many assertion.
Here’s what I found: 2019, 12 men and women in uniform were killed in Afghanistan; and then before the conditional peace was signed into being on February 29th of this year there were two more Americans killed in only two months. That’s 14 flag-draped coffins, 14 families who have lost their sons or daughters, brothers or sisters, husbands or wives, moms or dads. Fourteen. But what really tore a hole in my heart was the Glenn Kirschner piece from early this morning:
Trump’s Response to Putin’s Bounty on US Troops – “There Have Not Been Many Attacks on Us:”
It’s approximately eight minutes long, and in it Glenn features a few of the outraged tweets from folks who’d heard and were responding to Trump’s “not many” statement. The one that puts this depravity where it belongs came from a mom named Maria, whose son was killed in Afghanistan: she says I have a shirt with a bullet hole in it. Not many is irrelevant certainly, one life is too many, but it also demonstrates this president’s callous disregard for the life blood of our fighting men and women. Period.
Beau, of the Fifth Column, was as outraged as Kirschner was:
And so far today, at least from the morning shows I’ve tried to catch, CRICKETS from the feckless, useless monster in the White House. Well, at least crickets regarding this news story as credible. Instead this is what we get: It’s maybe fake; or its fake news; or it wasn’t deemed credible so it wasn’t brought to my attention. Today reporters continue to dig and it is as clear as the noses on our faces they will get to the truth; and this truth will not be pretty, it will be ugly and it will be, one hopes, the final nail in Trump’s re-election coffin.