U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.
As a result, three officials said, the attacking SEAL team found itself dropping onto a reinforced al Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger than expected contingent of heavily armed Islamist extremists.
Unclear whether it’s more appalling that Trump’s no-thought approach to military intervention is getting our guys killed or killing civilians, but it’s not like we have to choose. We can be equally appalled by both.
The larger worry, of course, is that he gets us all killed.