Adam Kinzinger, the former Republican member of Congress who has a history in the military himself besides time in the House, was… let’s just say unimpressed with the take Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) shared amid controversy over leaked military documents.
The materials have led to an arrest of the member of the Air National Guard responsible for their disclosure, and Greene has decided based on what is apparently what was found in those documents that it’s apparently credible to suspect U.S. troops are operating in a combat capacity in Ukraine. It’s not and they’re not.
“MTG is so insanely stupid and has absolutely no clue about how this stuff works,” Kinzinger said. “Strip her clearance.” Although the process is apparently different for members of Congress than what’s done with federal personnel elsewhere, the clearance Kinzinger referenced would be Greene’s own ability to access sensitive government materials. She currently has roles on the House Oversight and Homeland Security Committees — posts that could help provide an opportunity for such access, even as she openly supports leaks.
“We have now found out from a supposed 21-year-old National Guardsman that there are American military troops on the ground in Ukraine,” Greene claimed. In reality, the troops — whose presence Tucker Carlson of Fox News also discussed in deceptive terms — are apparently there in association with a U.S. embassy in the country and have been working on what’s seemingly tracking some of the military equipment that the United States, along with other countries, has very openly provided for Ukraine’s use amid its defense against Putin. “The United States is a direct combatant in a war against Russia,” Carlson proclaimed on air. “As we speak, American soldiers are fighting Russian soldiers.” This is not remotely true.
Greene also claims the individual responsible for the leaked documents is being targeted in connection to his identity, and if you see such a thing and somehow don’t know any better, you might expect there’s some truth to that, perhaps in at least the absence of a real case against him. That, however, is not what’s happening. You can’t just leak protected documents, and the block on doing so under U.S. rules isn’t new and doesn’t mean there’s been some kind of politicization of the justice system against ordinary Americans! Liz Cheney, meanwhile, called for restrictions on Greene similar in nature to what Kinzinger referenced.
MTG is so insanely stupid and has absolutely no clue about how this stuff works. Strip her clearance. https://t.co/B5gwWq3qAn
— Adam Kinzinger #fella (@AdamKinzinger) April 14, 2023