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The Pentagon’s troop deployment denials means nothing when the White House screams ‘fake news’ all the time

The Pentagon has a credibility problem that is the result of the White House’s scorched earth policy against any criticism. As a result, all statements from senior leaders are suspect.

We’re beyond the point of defense officials being unable to say for certain whether a dog is a good boy or girl. Now we’re at the point where the Pentagon has spent three days trying to knock down a Wall Street Journal story about possible deployments to the Middle East, and they’ve failed to persuade either the press or Congress.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that the United States was considering deploying up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East to thwart any potential Iranian attacks. The story made clear that President Trump could ultimately decide to send a smaller number of service members, but defense officials have become fixated on the number 14,000 as if it were the only option on the table.


“As the department has stated repeatedly, we were never discussing or considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a statement on Friday. “Reports of this are flat out wrong. DOD will always stand ready to respond to future actions by our adversaries if and when they arise, but the Pentagon is not considering sending 14,000 troops to CENTCOM. This report is false.”

In normal times, that would end any debate about the story’s accuracy, but we live in the Bizarro universe where disinformation is the coin of the realm.

That’s because the White House has perfected the strategy of claiming that every news story it does not like is an outright lie. Trump attacked the story’s credibility on Thursday, tweeting, “The story today that we are sending 12,000 troops to Saudi Arabia is …read more

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