Remember that part about the Mother of all Bomb’s use in Afghanistan?
The part about the Aircraft Carrier group sailing TO North Korea when it was going the opposite direction 5,000 mile away?
The Pentagon KNOWS what the MOAB can do….
The Pentagon also KNOWS where its ships are EVERY second….
The politicians over at the White House who talk to the media and seek to drive policy an the political narrative to fit their boss?
They can only go on what the Pentagon tells them…
And right now?
The Defense Department is understaffed and led by a guy who runs his own show and isn’t much worried about politics….
All of the top Trump General’s?
Are NOT political animals having ALL worked for Obama and Bush II…Both THOSE Administrations made sure they stayed in the loop with their Defense Departments, which had guys running things who where civilians …Not generals…
On two separate occasions this month, the military has sent out information that was either misleading or unauthorized.
In the first instance, the Defense Department failed to correct claims from the White House and runaway media reports that an aircraft carrier strike group was headed toward North Korea in a show of force after that country tested a new missile.
In the second instance, U.S. Central Command walked back unusually blunt statements to The Hill about the use of a Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) in Afghanistan.
The breakdowns threaten to become a political problem for the administration, with the CENTCOM flap in particular catching the attention of liberal MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
“We’re not sure who to trust when we get an explanation about it,” she said April 14 on “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
On Wednesday, Maddow argued in a series of tweets that CENTCOM “never explained who it was that gave that statement as if they were a spokesman.”
She also pointed out that the command’s release of unauthorized statements was not on the usual site where CENTCOM posts its press announcements.
“Now we’ve got a DOD statement that someone said things to a reporter that DOD disavows, but we don’t know who the person was … nor do we know the circumstances of why or how someone was pretending to be a CENTCOM spokesman for a day.”
While some turbulence is typical for any new administration, it is possible that understaffing and miscommunication between the White House and various departments are making life tougher for the Pentagon under President Trump.
“It appears that DOD is trying to work out the kinks in collaborating on messaging with the White House in real time,” said Owen Daniels of the Atlantic Council.
“DOD is in the position of reacting to the news cycle and White House statements, which could be a side effect of understaffing. It’s also possible that DOD is trying to minimize its contradiction of the [White House] where possible to project unified, consistent messaging to both partners and adversaries.”
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