U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Laura Mercado

Of all the things I didn’t need in my life, this Huffington Post headline probably tops the list: “Becoming A Racist: The Unfortunate Side Effect Of Serving Your Country?” So begins this Aug. 17 opinion column by David Fagin — “writer, musician, Trump Resister, food snob” — which has, predictably, brought him a heaping helping of internet backlash. Despite his lack of qualifications, a snide clickbait headline that he admits was “provocative” and written to be “eye-catching,” and the general air of a guy writing about a topic that he has virtually no engagement on, Fagin dredges up a couple of common fallacies in trying to connect race-hate and wearing the uniform of the U.S. military. They’re worth parsing.

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From a website identifying Cuvelier as a "nationalist militant."

If you’re a former militant who fought for Russian separatists in Ukraine, has ties to Euro right-wing racist groups, and somehow managed to squirrel your way into the U.S. Army infantry’s divisions, Thomas Gibbons-Neff will find you.

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