So this happened:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2018
So what’s the problem, ‘Grain?, you ask. It was just Prznint Stupid lying and self-aggrandizing per usual, you say. Even the White House (allegedly) said it was better late than never to send him to see some troops in a war zone, right? And the stock market loved him being out of the country and in a dangerous part of the world.
OK, here’s the thing. It’s not just the MAGA hats, nor the campaigning that broke precedent and protocol, but in his Tweet, Cadet Bone Spurs revealed the identities of Navy SEAL team 5, showing their faces, which is a violation of operational security and could endanger the troops:
“Operational security is the most important aspect of personnel deployments. The real names, faces, and identities, of personnel involved in special operations or activities, are usually a closely held secret in a combat zone,” Nance said. “Revealing them casually, through an unusual media exposure even if it’s the commander in chief, would prove a propaganda boom if any of this personnel are detained by a hostile government or captured by a terrorist group. There would be no denying who you are and what you do.”
I’m sure that there are special teams in every war zone, but identifying them and sending out their pictures is really stupid. This team is now marked and you can bet that each member is a prize (“Collect the Whole Set!”). Expect news that they are going to be re-deployed elsewhere.
Nothing good will come from it, but Commander Bunnypants felt good for 20 minutes, so there’s that.