When I was but a young lass in school, students were instructed to pull from multiple sources when writing an essay. Most of those sources had to come from books, and this is why: the internet gives you exactly the answer you want to read, and little else if you’re uninterested in learning anything else. Books force you to search for the information you seek, thereby exposing you to information you were not. For too many people on the internet, however, all one needs is a headline to form an opinion. Like David Hogg, who accused the US military of imperialism due to their presence in Africa:
Alexa, what does US military imperialism look like? https://t.co/p0awbnnDgO
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) April 23, 2019
One need only to actually click and read the Yahoo! News article to learn those operations in Africa have zero to do with “American Military Imperialism” and far more to do with counterterrorism as well as providing support to allies in Africa. But don’t take my word for it, here’s a paragraph from the same Yahoo! News article:
Used extensively across Africa, 127e programs can be run either by Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), the secretive organization that controls the Navy’s SEAL Team 6, the Army’s Delta Force and other special mission units, or by “theater special operations forces.” These programs are “specifically designed for us to work with our host nation partners to develop small — anywhere between 80 and 120 personnel — counterterrorism forces that we’re partnered with,” said Bolduc. “They are specially selected partner-nation forces that go through extensive training, with the same equipment we have, to specifically go after counterterrorism targets, especially high-value targets.”
Now sure, bringing stability to an otherwise unstable region is advancing American interests. But hardly imperialism. The Washington Examiner reached out to Major Karl Wiest for a response to Hogg’s accusation. Weist reiterated essentially what is in the same article David Hogg may not have read:
“What’s most important to know is that our command is dedicated to assisting partner nations in their efforts to bring stability and security to their people. We view our mission through a whole-of-government lens, and strive to enable capable, responsive African governments that serve the interests of their citizenry,” Major Karl Wiest, a spokesperson for U.S. AFRICOM, told the Washington Examiner.
So what happened with David Hogg? Other than his over-inflated sense of self-worth getting the better of him, it’s possible he just saw the cool graphic with little dots all over it representing American military operations in an unAmerican place and thought “Sure, I’m feeling stupid today. Let’s retweet it while insulting the American Military which is actually helping African people.”
David Hogg should spend more time reading articles and less time recreating his interpretation of those articles as fingerpaintings. No, that’s not an insult to his age, it’s an insult of his mental development. Or in Hogg’s case, underdevelopment.
This is not the first time, nor is it the last time, David Hogg, the chinless wonder, has been so criminally wrong:
- David Hogg Says People with AR-15s Hunt Human Beings. Wrong Again.
- David Hogg Shot Himself in the Foot with ‘NRA LIE ALERT’ Tweet
- David Hogg Suggests Gun Owners Regularly Hit Targets Over One Mile
I’m not sure learning is something his small mind is capable of.