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The absurd freakout over Trump wanting tanks for 4th of July is hilarious to watch
Some people are freaking the fuck out over what is basically going to be four tanks and a couple of armored personnel carriers rolling around in Washington for Independence Day.
Sure, bringing in tanks to celebrate the 4th of July could be criticized as misguided given it's not explicitly a military holiday, or perhaps, it could be said that it's a waste of taxpayer money.
But to observe some of the reaction to Trump wanting some armor around to look at, you would think he had just ordered the burning of Congress and the imposition of martial law.
Laurence Tribe, a Harvard Law professor and cofounder of the liberal American Constitution Society, thinks tanks in Washington resemble Tiananmen Square, when Chinese troops and tanks opened fire on protestors.
He's not the only one.
This is a photo from North Korea, with way more tanks than you'll ever see rolling through D.C.
And, actually, it is who America is.
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich is "profoundly" disturbed.
Meanwhile, MSNBC's Joy Reid opined that Trump's use of tanks sends a threatening message to the "resistance."
Yes, he definitely went there.
So Happy Independence Day, America!
And for those of you in the Washington, D.C. area, be sure to evacuate the city before the tanks trigger the end of the world.
The Navy relieved a decorated explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) officer on Thursday due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the Navy announced on Friday.
Former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who led a Marine task force to Afghanistan shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, said the Washington Post's recent reporting about the U.S. government's pattern of lies about the war over the last two decades is not "revelatory."
Mattis, who was interviewed by the Washington Post's David Ignatius on Friday, also said he does not believe the U.S. government made any efforts to hide the true situation in Afghanistan and he argued the war has not been in vain.
Here are 10 key quotes from Mattis regarding the Washington Post's reporting in the 'Afghanistan Papers.'
Get ready for some gun-fu: Both 'John Wick 4' and 'Matrix 4' will be premiering on the same day in 2021
The Taliban may not have breached the walls of Bagram, but they damaged the hell out of its main passenger terminal
Blasts from Taliban car bombs outside of Bagram Airfield on Wednesday caused extensive damage to the base's passenger terminal, new pictures released by the 45th Expeditionary Wing show.
The pictures, which are part of a photo essay called "Bagram stands fast," were posted on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service's website on Thursday.
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Shortly after seven sailors died aboard USS Fitzgerald when she collided with a merchant ship off Japan in 2017, I wrote that the Fitzgerald's watch team could have been mine. My ship had once had a close call with me on watch, and I had attempted to explain how such a thing could happen. "Operating ships at sea is hard, and dangerous. Stand enough watches, and you'll have close calls," I wrote at the time. "When the Fitzgerald's investigation comes out, I, for one, will likely be forgiving."
So, am I forgiving? Yes — for some.