In a recent report, Pew Research states 193,442 active duty military personnel are deployed overseas. If true, that would be the smallest number since 1957, again according to Pew. I say if true because a report by Business Insider puts the number at more than 450,000.

What's the real number? It's likely nobody knows for certain how many soldiers, sailors, special forces, and spies – not to mention soldiers of fortune – are operating overseas, but you can be sure it's a very big number.

The tragic death of four soldiers in Niger have at least brought this matter to public attention, though sad to say, that aspect of the matter isn't receiving nearly the attention it deserves. No, most of the attention has been drawn to a sidebar fomented by Donald Trump. That's standard operating procedure for Trump, whose every move is the very definition of foment, that is “to instigate or stir up an undesirable or violent sentiment or course of action”.

Given his trashing of John McCain's war service and his attack on the Gold Star Kahn family, it's reasonable to question Trump's motives, as well as his sincerity and sympathy, during his consolation call to Myesha Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson. And his dispute with the grieving widow, the family and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson calls into question his sanity as well.

Hard to explain why General John Kelly allowed himself to get dragged into the dispute; and though the first of half of his press conference was informative and moving, the second half, in which he attacked Congresswoman Wilson unfairly and inaccurately, calls into question his perspicacity, sincerity and veracity.

To be kind, one might say Kelly was also a victim in this matter; certainly his once sterling reputation has now been sullied. And so it goes with any and all who come into Trump's circle. Given his sordid past, that's no surprise. Dad used to say “lie down with dogs, get up with fleas”. With Trump, it's more a case of “roll around with a pig and get up muddied”. Trump has spoken often about draining the swamp; well, turning the swamp into a pigpen is no improvement.

©2017 Tom Cordle

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Comment by Arthur James on October 24, 2017 at 10:03am

`

Pew is reputable.

It fun to say poo.

Trump loves the

pigpen. Trump

borrow pen from

pigs that wallow 

in muddy swamp.

`

Comment by Anna Herrington on October 24, 2017 at 10:33am

It really does seem anyone too close to a Trump ends up dirty, doesn't it? Trump's penchant for throwing any and everyone under a bus at some point seems to me to be reason enough to avoid any power bonus of aligning with him, but.... people just can't resist, I guess.

The swamp as pigpen. Yes, as far as all the mud goes, but must pigs be dissed too?? They're far too intelligent for the comparison  ; )

Comment by Tom Cordle on October 24, 2017 at 10:44am

My apologies to pigs, with the exception of Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, Bill O'Reilly, et al

Comment by Tom Cordle on October 24, 2017 at 10:45am

Arthur, are you saying the polling outfit was repewtable?

Comment by Arthur James on October 24, 2017 at 11:04am

`

IU ask Pew Chastisable?

no Charitable Trust.

They do reputable

survey so we Learn.

`

Comment by alsoknownas on October 24, 2017 at 11:23am

Whoda thunk that an admitted sexual predator and failed game show host would have turned out to be such a lousy POTUS ?

Comment by koshersalaami on October 24, 2017 at 12:22pm

Game show? Not a Bob Barker sort of gig

Comment by alsoknownas on October 24, 2017 at 12:58pm

Well k/s, you sure won't get me to say it was a reality show, nor does this current abomination have much to do with reality.

Comment by Arthur James on October 24, 2017 at 1:39pm

`
KOSH?
OFF TOPIC
`
HOW YOU TELL
A DOGWOOD TREE
IN THE WOODS?
THE TREE BARK.
`
CORKER IS BARKING
`BOUT TRUMP &
GOP ARE DEPARTING
DC IN HOARDS...
WHORES GO FIND
OTHER STAGE TO
STRIP TEASE DANCE
& SELL THEIR BODIES.
`
SELL OUT SOULS
DEM ARE ALSOI
IN COLLUSION.
`
WASTRELS
`

Comment by Arthur James on October 24, 2017 at 1:53pm

`
I EXCUSE MYSELF..
A LOCAL BREYERY
( FREDERIC MDS.,).
SELLS A BREW ` TRUTH.
NO SIP MORE THAN TWO.
IT'S AN IMPERIAL IPA
WITH A ALC @ 8.7% - I
DO SOLEMLY SWEAR. BEWARE
`:`
FARMERS ARE FUN. THEY GO
SHOP FOR COFEE FOR ME. I
NO BUY THEM BEER. ONE
LAZY?
NO. HELPER IS @&- AND LIVES
IN MY GUEST HOUSE. SHE OFTEN
SEAR HAIR IN CUTE PIG TAILS.
`

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