Something on your mind Steve?
That gotta leave a mark.
Discussion of Russian bounties thrusts deaths of three Marines into spotlight
By Dan Lamothe, Missy Ryan, and Paul Sonne, Washinton Post
July 2, 2020
Slutman, a 43-year-old married father of three, had served 15 years in the New York City Fire Department. Hines, 31, was engaged to be married when he returned home. The body of Hendriks, 25, was escorted home to the United States by his brother, Joseph, who also is a Marine, his family has said in past interviews.
The men were members of the 25th Marine Regiment, a reserve unit, and had volunteered for a deployment with Georgia Liaison Team 8, a unit of several dozen Marines who advised a battalion of nearly 900 soldiers from the Republic of Georgia.
They were based at Bagram, an installation that is still home to a former Russian air tower and a mass grave that is marked as the final resting place of Afghans who died during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
The deployment was part of an ongoing collaboration that goes back more than a decade. Georgians, seeking membership in NATO and American backing against Russia, deployed alongside U.S. troops in the Iraq War and pivoted to deploying a battalion of soldiers at a time to Afghanistan, beginning in 2009.
The joint U.S.-Georgian unit’s operations included manning security checkpoints at Bagram and patrolling outside the base in search of evidence of Taliban operations such as rocket attacks on the air base.
Yeah, Country Georgia not State Georgia.
“Do people still not understand that this is all a made up Fake News Media Hoax started to slander me & the Republican Party?” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “I was never briefed because any info that they may have had did not rise to that level.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) excoriated the Trump administration as doing too little to ensure the president was aware of the information.
“The White House put on a con that if you don’t have 100 percent consensus on intelligence, that . . . it shouldn’t rise to a certain level,” she said. “We would practically be investigating nothing if you had to start off at 100 percent. . . . Just because they didn’t have 100 percent consensus, should this be not briefed to the president of the United States?”