A little background; the Korean War (1950-1953) was a war between North Korea (with support from China and the Soviet Union) and South Korea (with support from the United States). The war began on June 25th, 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea following a series of clashes along the border. In supporting South Korea the United States suffered 33,686 battle deaths, along with 2,830 non-battle deaths. M*A*S*H, the television series lasted eleven years. The Korean War lasted three.
In an interview with Fox News, I know a big surprise, The Donald stated that parents of fallen Korean War soldiers came up to him on the campaign trail and begged for their sons’ remains to be brought home. His quote; “When you can, president, we’d love our son to be brought back home — you know, the remains.”
There are two problems with this statement. First; as he indicated in the interview, he was on the campaign trail when these parents begged him to bring their sons “back home”. What’s the issue with that you ask? He wasn’t “President” quite yet but let’s move past that Freudian slip. I am sure in his mind he already was. It’s the second problem that is so much fun for me.
A little math, the average age of a Korean War veteran today, according to the Office of Veterans Affairs, is 88 years old. If you were 18 at the start of the war in 1950 you would be 86 today. Roughly the age spread is somewhere between 86 and 93, give or take a few years. Now, if that 88-year-old veterans mother gave birth to him, heck lets say when she was just 18 that would make her 106 years old today. Now, it is not inconceivable that there are mothers of MIA Korean War veterans still alive. But rather than parents it would have made more sense if Trump had said the wives, sisters, children, etc. But he didn’t, it was the parents that tugged on his coattails asking for his help, 106 year old mothers.
I know that the only things the Deplorable nation heard on Fox News were “veteran”, “son”, “home” and “remains”. They really don’t care about the math. They really don’t care that this is just another instance, piled on top of many instances, that The Donald took liberties with the truth and history. Whose going to check? Fox News? If the man said it must be true!
Why do I waste my time writing stuff like this? Who am I even talking too at this point? Am I going to convince any of these gullible Trump sheep that it is not to late to repent? Intellectually, this is a very dark period in American history. I truly believe when we look back on this time it will be viewed as a period when creative, free and innovated thinking was absolutely shut down. A period that gave rise to a second, third or fourth wave of racism and bigotry. A time when Religion was used to divide and conquer and the message of Jesus was bastardized to appeal to one demographic, one very white and conservative demographic. Why do I waste my time? Because my kids and their future is worth fighting for.
I guess Trump never watched M*A*S*H, but then again maybe he did and thought that the Korean War was actually fought between 1972 to 1983 but only on CBS. Honestly, his statement makes perfect sense now. He did after all warn us about his superior intellectual prowess way back in 2013; “Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault”