Did you know that the U.S. has troops stationed in Niger? With all the other distractions going on in the world, it’s hard to keep up with the stories that matter.
A team of Green Berets came under fire last week, the incident leaving four soldiers dead and two wounded after what should have been a routine reconnaissance mission. The Pentagon is investigating the attack as well as why the troops were deployed to a hostile area without sufficient intelligence about the risk and without nearby medical resources.
Glenn wondered on this morning’s show why we aren’t talking much about the four U.S. soldiers we lost. Why isn’t this a bigger story? Are we just flooded with too much information and outrage?
“I think we are suffering from content inflation, a fire hydrant of so much useless information and juvenile bickering,” Glenn said.
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GLENN: It was supposed to be a routine reconnaissance mission, but four Americans were killed. It happened last week in Niger. Did you even know we had people there? Did you know we had soldiers operating in Niger? I think we are suffering from content inflation. A fire hydrant of so much useless information and juvenile bickering, that we actually are missing the stories that are important.
The US has 800 troops stationed in Niger, to help train Niger’s military and help gather intelligence in the fight against al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups in the region.
So we had a dozen Green Berets. Twenty Niger soldiers. They’re on a reconnaissance mission. They were ambushed by terrorists driving a pickup truck, mounted with machine guns.
The firefight, over in 30 minutes. When it was over, four Green Berets lay dead. Two others wounded. Four Niger soldiers also killed. Pentagon is now investigating the incident, but officials believe al-Qaeda was responsible for the attack. The terrorist group operates along the border there, between Niger and Mollie, where the soldiers were. The US Defense Department attempts to follow what is known as the golden hour standard. I had never heard of this. But it’s one of those things that I think makes us really great.
Our military tries to rescue a wounded soldier within an hour of being wounded. That obviously didn’t happen in Benghazi. One US general said, it’s not possible to have the golden hour standard in Africa.
Now, Benghazi is different because of the gulf. But in parts of — parts of Africa, it is so remote. And especially where these soldiers were, it’s landlocked, mostly a deserted — a deserted nation, deserted of any kind of people. It’s about twice the size of Texas.
And where they were operating was very, very remote. And it leaves the soldiers vulnerable to ambushes. We, by the way, did not pick them up.
French helicopters finally arrived. There were 270 miles away. Some soldiers say that in this area, the standard rescue wait time is not an hour. It’s closer to ten hours.
And just a note: These are the first American troops to die in the counterterrorism effort in Niger, where the US has been since 2015.
Why isn’t this story more prominent? Do we care?
Do we care where our soldiers even are anymore, or are we just too busy talking about kneeling during the national anthem, oppressive statues, Melania Trump’s footwear, empathy tents? You know, there’s a lot more at stake here. People are fighting and dying for our rights, which most of us don’t even understand or know the first thing about.
And our way of life, they’re fighting for that. They’re fighting for our way of life. Which it seems on some days, at least half the country is trying to destroy themselves.
Are we suicide? Are we on a suicide path?
Or are we just tired of the news, or are we ignoring it altogether?