aside Rachel Maddow Connects Dots Between President’s Travel Ban On Chad And Tragedy In Niger

Rachel Maddow on her October 19. 2017, MSNBC TV show connected the dots regarding the October 4, 2017 tragedy in Niger where 4 Army green beret soldiers were ambushed and killed; how the president’s travel ban on Chad exposed these soldiers to harm; and then why the republican President Donald J. Trump avoided any discussion of what happened in Niger until confronted about this subject by a reporter at the 10/16/17 Rose Garden press conference.

It had been reported 7 days ago that Chad military forces had pulled out of Niger after the republican President Donald Trump instituted his travel ban which included the African country of Chad. It turns out that the Chad soldiers had been keeping the terrorist group, Boko Haram and Islamic extremists like ISIS at bay in Niger.

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BOKO HARAM

Before the president added Chad to his travel ban, he had been warned against this move by an array of foreign policy experts but he chose to ignore all of them.

The president had been told that his travel ban could result in the isolation of American troops fighting there. “Both the State and Defense Departments were also opposed to Trump’s decision to put Chad on the list, because they knew it would cause military problems in the area. But the Trump administration demanded it.

Again, the president put American soldiers and those with them at risk because he acted on his gut instead of listening to all the professionals advising him not to take this step. Does this attitude sound familiar? And what are the republican lawmakers in the US Congress doing to protect all of us from the president’s habit of making ill informed decisions?

PHOTO: U.S. soldiers killed during an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4, 2017. Clockwise from top left, Army Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Sergeant La David Johnson, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29.
U.S. soldiers killed on Oct. 4, 2017. Clockwise from top left, Army Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Sergeant La David Johnson, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright,

Here’s the rest of the story…

On October 13, 2017, Conor Gaffey of Newsweek penned the following report, “AFTER TRUMP TRAVEL BAN, CHAD PULLS TROOPS FROM BOKO HARAM FIGHT IN NIGER.”

Excerpts:

“President Donald Trump’s decision to place Chad on his revised travel ban shocked experts and former U.S. officials who warned it could have major consequences for the fight against terrorism in Africa.”

“And it appears Trump’s controversial decision may have already damaged alliances on the continent—which is threatened by a range of militants, including affiliates of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State militant group.”

“Chad has pulled hundreds of troops from neighboring Niger, where they had been stationed to assist in a regional fight against Boko Haram, the Nigerian militant Islamist group, Reuters reported.”

“Chad has played a leading role in fighting terrorism in West Africa, particularly in forcing Boko Haram into retreat. The militants controlled territory equivalent in size to Belgium in early 2015, but has lost almost all of its land since then, largely due to Nigerian military offensives and a regional force launched in 2015 that is headquartered in Ndjamena, the Chadian capital.”

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A U.S. soldier trains a Chadian soldier during Flintlock 2015, an American-led military exercise, in Mao, Chad, on February 22, 2015. Chad has been fighting Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda for years, but President Donald Trump now says it’s not playing ball with Washington. EMMANUEL BRAUN/REUTERS

“The country is well-known for having one of the strongest militaries in the region. Chad’s longtime president, Idriss Déby —who has long been accused of political repression—has made national security a priority of his administration and even had a war of words with Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.”

“Chad also assisted African and French forces with dislodging Al-Qaeda-linked militants and separatists from northern Mali in 2013, after a 2012 rebellion had seen the Malian government lose control of the region.”

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A Chadian soldier sits on top of an armoured vehicle near Malam Fatori after the town in north-eastern Nigeria was retaken from Boko Haram by troops from Chad and Niger, on April 3, 2015. PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/GETTY

“Residents in Niger’s Diffa region said that the Chadian withdrawal had already led to increased banditry. Boko Haram have periodically launched attacks in southeast Niger, just across the border with Nigeria.”

“A parliamentarian in Diffa, Lamido Moumouni, told Reuters that residents had complained since the withdrawal. “They have come to rely on the forces so there is a perception that security will be lacking,” he said.”

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Sergeant La David Johnson

On (10/18/2017) Americans learned the official excuse for why the Trump administration decided to pull out of Chad. According to The Guardian, it was because the country didn’t send a sample passport that proved it couldn’t be faked. Chad officials stopped issuing passports for 6 months because the country ran out of the forgery proof passport paper. They had inquired of the Trump administration if they could send a recently printed passport but the Trump administration said no. Then the president’s administration put them on the ban list, ignoring the closest military ally in the region.”

Related Articles (October 2017): 

Death of U.S. Soldiers in Niger Sparks FBI Probe, Criticism – WSJ

What really happened to ODA 3212 in Niger? | Jack Murphy

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20 comments

    • Dear Memoirsofahusk,

      The story about the Chad military having pulled out of Niger because of Chad, an important ally being on the president’s travel ban had been out for about a week. But I hadn’t connected that news story with the 4 green beret heroes being killed on 10/4/17 in Niger until Rachel Maddow talked about this on her MSNBC TV show.

      This story drives home the point that the president with his impulsive policy making counter to numerous experts advising otherwise, is a clear a present danger to the US national security interests.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear Roger,

      He probably could not tell you the most basic facts about Chad and Niger. This is the same person who did not realize that he was the president of the US Virgin Islands.

      He is truly a clear and present danger to the US national security interests. This is the first time in the US history of the democratic party that we have so many ex-CIA personnel running for an elected post as DEMOCRATS.

      Hugs, Gronda.

    • Dear Keith,

      What is wrong with the president listening to foreign policy experts? The problem is that they are not telling him what he already believes and thus, then by definition, they have to be wrong.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Well he said what he believes during the campaign. “I know more than the generals.” I believe that he believes that. He is far from being correct on that belief.

  1. In essence, the blood of those four soldiers is on Trump’s hands. His buffoonery is now costing human lives and it is time to put a STOP to it! Is it any wonder then that Secretary of State Tillerson called him a moron??? Thank you, Gronda, for sharing this. We both knew there was something more to it, something we weren’t seeing, and like you, I just had not connected the dots. I am so furious … I will be reblogging this post … for the world needs to see what he has done … is doing. Thanks again, my friend. Hugs!!!

    • Dear Jill,

      He is like the little boy who did something naughty to where any Mom would take a tour of the house to figure out what happened. He has a tell the minute he starts blaming others to deflect attention from himself.

      What is interesting, others noted this as well. Sen. McCain, the Pentagon and even the FBI is on the hunt. Mr. Mueller smells something fishy as well.

      Remember, Mr. Tillerson is the only living American who was privy to what President Trump said to President Putin of Russia at the G7 summit this past summer in Germany..

      Mr. Tillerson knows of what he speaks…

      Thanks a million times for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    When Trump seemed to completely ignore the deaths of the four Green Berets killed in Niger on 04 October, it seemed strange. He wasn’t ranting about the terrorists who had killed the soldiers, but instead was on the golf course. Not a tweet, not a news conference, just silence. Something was fishy … but what? Then reporters began asking why he had not contacted the families of the slain soldiers, and people began asking questions. We now have the answers. Friend Gronda has put together a post that clarifies what, exactly, happened and why, and I urge you … nay, I beg you … to read this. It will make your blood boil, but you need to know … the world needs to know … that the blood of those four soldiers is on Donald Trump’s hands. Many thanks, Gronda, for helping us to understand how the dots connect.

    • Dear Horty,

      I sometimes fall asleep when I am watching her and I’m glad that I didn’t. What is amazing is that others became concerned as the president had been acting so bizarrely Sen. NcCain, the Pentagon and the FBI ARE ALL DEMANDING ANSWERS.

      I smell a huge story. His not listening to those who were in a position to predict the consequences by adding Chad to the president’s travel ban may have very well been a contributing factor in the 4 heroes’ deaths. There still is no decent explanation as to why Sgt. Johnson was found separated from the other soldiers.

      Thanks a million times over for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda. .

    • Dear Acflory,

      This is what is so tragic. The four soldiers who were ambushed and killed were our best and brightest.Two others were seriously injured. The Niger military suffered 4 casualties as well with others injured.

      These deaths should have been better protected. Our hearts break for this loss and for their loved ones who are grieving.

      Hugs, Gronda

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