But wait, didn’t Trump assure us that nobody was hurt?
Courtesy of NBC News:
Thirty-four U.S. service members were diagnosed with concussions and traumatic brain injuries following Iranian airstrikes on the Ain al-Asad Air Base in Iraq earlier this month, the Pentagon’s chief spokesman said Friday.
Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi air bases on Jan. 8 in retaliation for the U.S. killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, an influential and powerful Iranian military commander.
Jonathan Hoffman, the Pentagon spokesman, confirmed Friday that eight of the U.S. service members who received diagnoses were transported to a hospital in Germany and then taken back to the United States, where they will receive treatment at the Walter Reed Medical Center. He said another nine were still in Germany.
Seventeen of the service members who were diagnosed with concussions and traumatic brain injury, or TBI, were back on active duty in Iraq, Hoffman told reporters.
You may remember that after the attack the Trump Administration was quick to assure Americans that nobody was injured and that the attack failed.
When confronted with these new facts Trump was dismissive:
“I heard they had headaches,” Trump told reporters in Davos, Switzerland. “I can report it is not very serious.”
“No, I don’t consider them very serious injuries relative to other injuries that I’ve seen,” Trump said. “I’ve seen what Iran has done with their roadside bombs to our troops. I’ve seen people with no legs and with no arms. I’ve seen people that were horribly, horribly injured in that area, that war.”
Gee. look who is uninformed yet again.
Yes while traumatic brain injuries are not as gruesome as a missing limb or a disfigured face, they are in fact quite debilitating and can lead to lifelong health problems, and even death.
For Trump to dismiss these wounded veterans out of hand is yet another example of the disrespect that he shows for our military membes serving overseas.