It was two days after America was still coming to grips with the carnage that was displayed in Las Vegas after a madman holed himself up in a 32nd floor hotel suite of the Mandalay Bay casino and resort. Where the killer, Stephen Paddock constructed some sort of makeshift machine gun nest overlooking a country music festival then smashed two windows and rained down a hail of gunfire on unsuspecting concert-goers killing 58 and maiming upwards of 540.
A stunned America had no idea that a small group of U.S. Army Special Forces Green Berets along with their Nigerien counterparts were coming back from a mission in the southwestern region of Niger on that Wednesday when they were ambushed by an enemy force of 50 or more from what is a new wing of the Islamic State called The Islamic State in Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS). The joint Green Beret team was met with withering machine gun and small-arms fire and immediately began to take casualties. Nigeriens took what was reported to SOFREP as heavy casualties and in the midst of all the chaos and were reported to have fled from the ambush leaving the Green Berets alone to fight off the attack.
Four American soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army 3rd Special Forces Group lay dead or missing.
Among the dead were Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington who was one of the Green Beret medics, or what is known as the 18-Delta on the team along with Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia who was one of the demolitions/engineer expert, or 18-Charlie. The there was Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio. Staff Sgt. Johnson was not a Green Beret however, he was a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Specialist, or what is known as a 74-Delta as his military occupational nomenclature.
And finally there was Sgt. LaDavid Johnson, a mechanic assigned to the Green Berets who was tasked as a driver of a vehicle that night and in the midst of the chaos of the attack The French Special Forces who responded to the joint Green Berets team called for help were unable to locate him and was then deemed missing in action. Johnson’s body would sadly be found 48 hours later raising the American death toll to four.
Shortly after the initial reports came out that there was a serious incident in Africa involving the elite Green Berets. The Pentagon, unable to control the information flow of the incident, seemed to have panicked and went to the age-old tactic of blaming the troops on the ground in order to distance themselves and more than likely their careers from a possible political and public backlash as to why U.S. Special Forces were not only in Africa but dying in firefights with terrorists as well.
The Pentagon immediately cited the Green Beret teams ‘risk assessment’ paperwork as showing “inconsistencies” and potentially falsified reporting of the actual risk level from armed terrorist groups within the region. For those that have spent their formative years within the armed services have seen these types of careerist “cover your ass” moves by ranking officers during any incident that may affect their collective career advancement goal of attaining that general’s star. And the Pentagon seems to be quite comfortable being the drivers of the bus this Green Beret team is about to be thrown under.
The White House is also adding to the Pentagon’s information vacuum as well, with President Donald Trump and his administration having also failed completely to even acknowledge the fact that four American Special Forces soldiers were killed in Niger, Africa. Even after reports from senior level military officials were saying that the Trump administration’s go to boogeyman, The Islamic State, had a hand in the deaths of these soldiers. Still nothing.
Instead what Americans got was the patented president Trump “Fireside Tweets” of divisiveness on Sunday in which he and Senator Bob Corker reenacted some sort of geriatric re-imagining of the movie “Mean Girls.” Meanwhile Vice President Mike Pence staged a walk-out during a NFL game on Sunday to protest the disrespect that the NFL and its players show to the American flag and the men and women who fight and die under it due to players exercising their collective rights to protest the National Anthem. It’s been almost one week since the death of four U.S. soldiers in Niger and this is what the top two leaders of the free world focused on.
As the bodies of four U.S Special Forces soldiers arrive in Dover draped in the American flag to families in mourning over their loss. President Donald Trump along with Air Force veteran Senator Lindsey Graham stepped up to the teeing ground of a private golf course to play a few rounds of much deserved golf.
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