Americans might seem troubled enough that the U.S. military celebrates trans troops as our true “heroes,” considers its own soldiers as “domestic extremists,” and utilizes a drag queen and troops with lesbian parents as recruiting tools.
But now, it seems we cannot tell who we might have to fight if the going gets tough.
On Tuesday, according to the Western Journal, the U.S. Pacific Fleet thought it was doing its patriotic duty by celebrating America’s 247th birthday.
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The fleet’s official Twitter account tweeted, “Happy Independence Day!” along with a graphic featuring silhouettes of a soldier saluting a warship and five warplanes, with text that said, “Happy 4th of July.”
The problem was that the images used in the graphic were Russian.
A British website called Forces.net noted that the graphic posted by part of the U.S. Navy actually depicted Russian Su-27 Flanker jet fighters and a Kashin-class destroyer.
That Russian hardware has been around for a while. Military sources indicate the Su-27 debuted during the Reagan administration, while the destroyer hit the seas some 20 years earlier.
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The Pacific Fleet soon deleted the tweet and, without acknowledging its goof, issued another that featured a U.S. aircraft carrier with the text, “Happy Independence Day! Celebrating life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for 247 years, and those who stand to protect.”
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