On Jan. 20, Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin told a crowd of 8,000 people that her son Track’s arrest for domestic violence was the result of combat-related post-traumatic stress.
“When my own son is going through what he goes through coming back, I can certainly relate to the families who…feel these ramifications of PTSD,” Palin said at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after endorsing Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for president. “And it makes me realize more than ever it is now or never for the sake of America’s finest that we have a commander-in-chief who will respect them.”
Track Palin, a 26-year-old Iraq War veteran, was arrested Monday night after his girlfriend called the police saying he had punched her in the face and that he was carrying around an AR-15 rifle. She was afraid he was going to harm himself, Track’s girlfriend told police.
In response to Palin’s comment, many veterans have spoken out, saying that PTSD is not an excuse for her son’s behavior. On Thursday evening, Army veteran Nathan Bethea took to Twitter to express his frustration. Bethea served as an infantry officer from 2007 to 2014 and was part of operations to recover Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan in 2009. He is a co-host of Task & Purpose Radio and also an instructor with Voices From War, a New York-based nonprofit helping veterans write about their experiences.
We captured excerpts from Bethea’s series of tweets below.
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In a not-so-veiled threat to the Taliban, President Donald Trump argued on Monday the United States has the capacity to bring a swift end to the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan, but he is seeking a different solution to avoid killing "10 million people."
"I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth," Trump said on Monday at the White House. "It would be gone. It would be over in – literally in 10 days. And I don't want to do that. I don't want to go that route."