VENOMOUS Joy: GOPers ‘Love Covid So Much’ They Want to Kill You, ‘Drink It’ Like ‘Kool-Aid’

In what may have been her ugliest rant ever, MSNBC’s The ReidOut host Joy Reid told tens of millions of Republicans, conservatives, and right-leaning Americans on Wednesday that we “love Covid so much” that we “want it everywhere” to murder as many people as possible, “drink” COVID “in a Kool-Aid cup,” have it “injected into” our backsides, and have the virus “pumping through” our “veins” so we can attend as many funerals as possible.

With a rant like that, NewsBusters readers, take particular note of how Comcast has given its approval to this dangerous and inciting rhetoric as well as the advertisers listed at the bottom of this blog.

Reid wasted no time telling viewers what to think about their coworkers, family members, friends, and significant others:

We begin The ReidOut tonight with a message to Republicans: Okay, we get it! Covid is the precious and you love it. You love Covid so much you want it to spread into schools, in the office, in the Walmart, on the cruise ships, and at the club. That great, spongy ball with the red spikes. You want it pumping through your veins with an ivermectin chaser. Why do you love it so dadgum much? Well, we have absolutely no bloody idea. But here’s the thing, you weirdos. Everyone else, everyone else hates covid. It is ravaging classrooms and hospitals across the nation[.]

After saying the GOP “seem[s] to be a-okay with COVID running wild,” Reid touted the results of the California gubernatorial recall election as proof that “your thirst for Covid is why you lost” since “[n]obody likes” a “creepy little Covid-loving death cult” that “threaten[s] our safety and our kids.”



Once she reveled in talk radio hosts dying of the virus, she posed this question to Obama campaign vet David Plouffe: “Are you surprised that Republicans have seemed to embracing Covid as the precious and trying to get it into every school building, cruise ship, job place, Walmart, Texaco, everywhere?”

Plouffe did nothing to push back against this (though he steered the conversation back to breaking down the recall returns), so by the left’s own rules, he was fine with it.

Reid went even further, proclaiming over 70 million Americans were chanting “we want COVID” to pollute “their lives and among their kids” and, after showing two charts claiming COVIDcases were higher in areas that wanted to remove Governor Gavin Newsom (D), Reid went all out:

[W]here people wanted to recall Newsom is where’s the most Covid. So, they’re like, “give us more. Inject it in us. Is there a way we can drink it in a kool-aid cup? Because we want it. And we want it bad and we want this man to get out of our way and we want our COVID.” It’s insane.

Again, Comcast and MSNBC all agree with this.

The Grio’s Jason Johnson had no apprehension about joining in, arguing the GOP would root for smallpox (click “expand”):

JOHNSON: They — they want their COVID, they want their iodine, they want their ivermectin, they want it injected into their rears. Whatever it is that these people want, I don’t entirely understand. And — and Joy, look, I am — I am — I am stressing my brain to go back throughout history. I don’t know if it’s the old Republican Party, the old Democratic Party, the wig party, I don’t remember a party being successful saying, “we’re for smallpox.”

REID: Exactly.

JOHNSON: “We’re for scurvy.”

REID: Smallpox! Smallpox!

JOHNSON: I don’t know that’s ever happened. Right — right. A pox party, yes. Pox upon all houses, right? I don’t think that’s a good plan. 

Reid honed in on a more specific target, saying Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) “may be a sociopath…but he’s not stupid and I think that he understands that if he is going to inflict death on schoolchildren, he’s going to have to make it real hard for their parents to vote.”

She then added Republican governors not only “love Covid,” but “[t]hey heart COVID” and “want to spread it.” She made exceptions for Governors Charlie Baker (R-MA) and Larry Hogan (R-MD) because “they’re not saying, ‘more COVID! COVID in your schools!’”

Fast-forward through wish-casting about the 2022 midterms based on California (and Johnson arguing the right hates children, Reid concluded with what appeared to be a gross comedic bit that insinuated Fox host Tucker Carlson was a gay man and wanted to examine the testicles of the man referred to in Nicki Minaj’s bizarre vaccine tweet (click “expand”):

REID: So, I’m going to be just contrarian a little bit. I actually, you know, Tucker Carlson said he wanted to do a deep investigative report on the — the cajones. 

JOHNSON: On swollen something? 

REID: On the swollen cajones. And I think he should do that. I want him to go down there like he went to Victor Orban and I want him to talk with that gentleman and find out why it is that the — that his future wife left him and just how large these melons were. I think he should find out.


REID: It’s an investigative report that we need. Go and do it, Tucker. I know you wanna. You really, really wanna. Alright, thank you very much. David Plouffe, Jason Johnson, let me stop before we get in trouble. Thank you guys.

Reid’s venomous claims that tens of millions of right-leaning Americans “love Covid so much” and want it so “bad” that we want to “inject into” our “rears” and “drink it in a kool-aid cup” were made possible thanks to the approval and endorsement of advertisers such as Allegra, Allstate, Amazon, Applebee’s, BMW, Breyers, Dove, E-Trade, Fidelity, Gold Bond, HughesNet, Liberty Mutual, Lincoln, Qunol, and PC Matic. Follow the links to see their contact information at the MRC’s Conservatives Fight Back page.

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If the FDA Doesn’t Kill the Vaping Industry, the Democrats’ Tax Hike Just Might –

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the vaping industry.

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) let a deadline for authorizing vape products pass without having processed millions of pending applications—effectively making those products illegal to sell. Then on Monday, House Democrats unveiled a funding plan for their $3.5 trillion Build Back Better bill that would impose steep new excise taxes on nicotine-containing vaping liquid for the first time.

The hope is that new taxes on vaping products—alongside massive rate increases on traditional cigarettes—will bring in $96 billion in revenue while deterring people from using either.

But vape store owners, already suffering from the FDA’s regulatory onslaught, are wondering whether they’ll be able to survive the tax hike.

“This is going to more than double, and in some cases triple or quadruple, the price of liquids that I sell,” says Keith Gossett, the owner of Bucky’s Vape Shop in Columbus, Georgia.

Gossett’s most popular products are 60-milliliter bottles of vaping liquid, which come with various nicotine strengths. For a current cigarette smoker looking to transition to vaping, Gossett says he recommends liquids with 18 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter, which he sells for about $15.

Democrats’ tax bill would impose a $100.66 excise tax on every 1,810 milligrams of nicotine, adding approximately $60 in taxes to that 60-milliliter bottle of 18-milligram strength e-liquid. The bill is estimated to add about $1 to a pack of traditional, combustible cigarettes.

“I’m going to sit there and try to tell a man with a $6 pack of cigarettes that my [$75] product is better. This tax will close my shop,” Gossett tells Reason.

The competitive disadvantage that these new tax hikes would create for vape shops also poses a public health threat by encouraging people to continue smoking more dangerous combustible cigarettes.

One 2014 study published by BMJ found that a 10 percent increase in the price of e-cigarettes resulted in a 19 percent drop in sales. Another 2019 study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, found equalizing federal taxes on traditional cigarettes and electronic cigarettes would deter 2.75 million people from quitting smoking.

“Would-be switchers have been shown to be very price-sensitive, while cigarette smokers often continue to use even in the face of very large tax increases,” says Greg Conley of the American Vaping Association.

The new taxes would keep people smoking, he says, while creating even more uncertainty for an industry already facing the threat of regulatory extinction.

Before nicotine-containing vaping products can be legally sold in the U.S., they have to receive “premarket authorization” from the FDA. Getting the agency’s authorization is a long and expensive process that, as Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Michelle Minton notes, requires separate applications for each “product, nicotine level, flavor, and even bottle size.”

Last Thursday, a grace period during which the FDA would hold off on any enforcement action while it processed these applications ended, meaning millions of vape products available for sale today—including big brands like Juul—are being “marketed unlawfully and subject to enforcement action at the FDA’s discretion.”

In a statement last week, the FDA has said that it will focus its enforcement on companies whose products have been explicitly rejected by the agency, or who haven’t submitted applications at all.

Still, as Reason‘s Jacob Sullum wrote, “the agency, despite its promises of regulatory flexibility, is perpetuating a situation in which companies that tried to play by the rules have no idea whether they will still be in business next week, next month, or next year.”

Gossett says that one of his suppliers has already told him they were closing up shop now that the FDA’s deadline had passed.

In an attempt to route around these FDA restrictions, some vape manufacturers have started transitioning to making synthetically derived nicotine products, which are theoretically outside the agency’s powers to regulate tobacco products.

That’s an untested legal theory, however. It also wouldn’t exempt these products from the potentially fatal taxes included in the House Democrats’ bill.

“This tax is not going to deter people from using nicotine, it’s just going to turn that person from a vaper back into a smoker,” says Gossett. “This tax will not only kill my business, it will kill Americans.”

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Florida nurse pleads guilty to threatening to kill Kamala Harris

A Florida nurse has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Kamala Harris, claiming she was going to carry out the sick plot because the vice president wasn’t “actually black,” authorities said.

Niviane Petit Phelps, 39, of Miami-Dade County, pleaded guilty Friday, admitting she sent her imprisoned husband six 30-second video clips of herself in February, claiming she accepted $53,000 for the “hit” to be completed within 50 days, court documents show.

“Kamala Harris, you are going to die,” Phelps said in one clip, according to a complaint obtained by USA Today. “Your days are numbered already.”

Phelps, who is black, told investigators she made the threats because Harris, 56, who was born to a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, wasn’t “actually black” and her belief that the vice president placed her hand on her purse rather than a Bible on Inauguration Day, according to the complaint.

Niviane Petit Phelps admitted she sent her imprisoned husband video clips of herself making claims that she accepted $53,000 for the “hit” on Kamala Harris to be completed.Facebook

In another video, Phelps said in February she was “going to the gun range” until Harris “leave[s] the chair,” the Washington Post reported.

Vice President Kamala Harris
Niviane Petit Phelps said she never intended to actually carry out the killing of Vice President Kamala Harris.

Days later, Phelps referenced the $53,000 in another video sent to her husband, saying “50 days from today you will die,” court records show.

Phelps, a mother of three living in Miami Gardens, sent the clips to her husband via JPay, an app used by inmates to communicate with loved ones, the Washington Post reported.

After sending the videos, including another showing herself holding a gun with a target sheet at a gun range, Phelps applied for a concealed weapon permit, authorities said.

“Phelps also admitted to telling law enforcement officers who handled this case, that if they had not come to her house, she ‘doesn’t know’ what would have happened,” according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.

Niviane Petit Phelps
Niviane Petit Phelps is set to be sentenced on November 19, 2021.

Phelps’ attorney, Scott Saul, told NBC News Tuesday she never intended to actually carry out the slaying.

“Ms. Phelps has led an honorable life until this incident,” Saul said. “Ms. Phelps has pled guilty, but she plans on demonstrating significant mitigating circumstances.”

Phelps faces up to five years in prison when she’s sentenced on Nov. 19. Saul will seek a sentence that doesn’t involve prison time, he said.

Phelps has worked for Jackson Health System since 2001 and spent the last few years as a licensed practical nurse at the Ambulatory Care Center West at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, WTVJ reported.

The veteran nurse was suspended without pay in April as the hospital processed her termination, officials said.

Phelps’ mother, meanwhile, said at the time she hoped the charges would be dropped, saying her daughter was “sick” and didn’t understand her actions.

“Don’t punish her … ’cause she listened to what people tell her,” Heroeia Petit told WTVJ. ” … She’s desperate. She don’t got nothing to do.”

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House Panel Democrats Defeat GOP Attempts to Kill New Biden Natural Gas Tax

House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats defeated multiple Republican amendments Monday during the first day of marking up of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” spending program that is the most massive package of reforms in American government and society since the New Deal.

Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) called the program “transformational” and said “the Build Back Better Act will create a clean energy future that produces millions of good paying jobs right here at home.”

Most of the Republican amendments on the first of what could be three days of work for the panel focused on eliminating or at least limiting the economic impact of the Biden program’s new natural gas tax.

The legislation being marked up—that is, drafting the final version of the bill that will go to the House floor for the final debate and voting—will be thousands of pages long when it is completed.

Provisions cover everything from drug pricing and charging stations for electric vehicles (EV), “Climate Justice” grants and expanding 9-1-1 emergency phone services, and protecting consumer privacy to Medicare and Medicaid reforms.

With a $3.5 trillion price tag, the bill will likely be the most expensive ever considered by Congress. And given the massive number of grants, new programs and taxes, expansions of existing programs, and loan guarantees, virtually every sector of American daily life will be affected if the proposal becomes law.

But passage of the proposal is very much up in the air. The energy and commerce panel is not the only House committee involved in the overall markup process, as other committees are dealing with specific programs and proposals in their jurisdiction. But the energy and commerce members are dealing with the biggest piece of the pie.

The extraordinarily broad scope of the proposal to makes it difficult for moderate colleagues to vote against it, in much the same way as happens on end-of-year Continuing Resolutions (CR) to keep the government open while Congress negotiates new spending levels.

Those end-of-the-year measures fund the whole government, so it is all but impossible for senators and representatives to oppose them because doing so subjects them to criticism from advocates for every program that could suffer if the resolution fails and the government is forced to shut down.

House members face much the same problem with the Biden spending plan, according to Brian Darling, former legal counsel to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and a veteran legislative strategist.

“The parameters of the so-called ‘Build Back Better’ plan look like a laundry list of items that are intended to bully moderate Democrats into supporting the massive package,” Darling told The Epoch Times. “Moderate Democrats are going to claim they are opposed to the more radical elements of this package, but then they will vote for it for fear of taking down the whole package.”

“This is a classic case of leadership putting forth a controversial package and daring dissenting members of their own caucus to vote against it,” he added.

Committee Republicans filed a series of amendments aiming to kill or substantially revise the proposal’s new levy, which would be calculated using a complicated formula based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifications of Greenhouse Gases.

“The natural gas tax will impact our entire economy by making it more expensive to heat homes, cook, eat, and manufacture thousands of products, from Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to medicines to solar panels,” Ranking Minority Member Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.) told the committee on introducing her amendment to strike new levy from the bill.

“This new natural gas tax is a punitive tax designed to artificially raise the price of natural gas to discourage job-creating investments in fossil fuels and force a radical transformation of American life,” McMorris-Rodgers said.

The new levy “will generate significant costs for every American household and eliminate a substantial number of jobs across our entire economy,” she added. “Based on an economy-wide analysis, the natural gas tax could reduce the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $9 billion and result in 90,000 jobs lost.”

Democrats argued the new levy is modest, would be assessed only against energy producers, and would only apply to leaks of methane, which come at every stage of energy production.

“We are all dealing with the devastating consequences of a rapidly warming planet. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.). “Methane over 20 years, traps more than 80 times as much heat as Carbon Dioxide (CO2). It is a major contributor to the climate crisis because methane escapes at every point of the oil and gas production.”

Castor said “these leaks undermine any benefits that fracking natural gas has, compared to coal. Methane pollution in 2020 represented the largest annual increase recorded since systemic measurements began in 1983.”

Energy industry analysts argue that methane leakage is already being eliminated by oil and gas producers.

“The current leakage rate for petroleum and natural gas systems is estimated at about 1.2 percent, according to the U.S. EPA,” Energy in Depth, a research project of the Independent Petroleum Producers of America, states on its website. “From 1990 to 2017, methane emissions from petroleum and natural gas systems declined by 31.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent, or 14 percent. Over that same period, natural gas production increased by 51 percent, while oil production increased by 80 percent.”

Dan Kish, Senior Vice President of the Energy Institute for Research, told The Epoch Times Monday that the Biden proposal “is nothing but a tax on Natural Gas, which has already doubled in price since the beginning of this year. Americans who heat, cook, or use anything made from plastic or consume food made with fertilizer will feel the brunt of this tax on their lives. And despite claims any tax increases wouldn’t affect lower income Americans, this will hit them the worst. It is a tax, and it is a cruel tax.”

The McMorris-Rodgers amendment was defeated on a party line vote of 32 Democrats opposing and 26 Republicans favoring it. Other Republican amendments were defeated on similar votes, including one that would have specified the new levy does not apply to methane emissions from farm animals.

Mark Tapscott

Congressional Correspondent

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Man who threatened to kill Maryland GOP Harris sentenced to eight weekends in jail

A Maryland man has been sentenced to serve eight consecutive weekends in jail and six months of home confinement for threatening to kill GOP Rep. Andy Harris.

A U.S. district judge issued the order Thursday for Sidhartha Kumar Mathur, 35, of West Friendship. Mathur must also perform 100 hours of community service as part of his sentence, according to the Associated Press.  

In December, Harris, who represents Maryland’s Eastern Shore, was one of 126 House Republicans who signed a brief supporting a Texas lawsuit that sought to overturn President Biden’s victory. The Supreme Court rejected the lawsuit.

Later that month, Mathur, in a message submitted through the congressman’s website, threatened to kill Harris and blow up his office “if you try to take my vote away,” according to prosecutors.

“I know where you and your family lives. You will be ended,” he wrote, referring to the congressman as an “animal that needs to be tortured and skinned alive.”

About two minutes later, Mathur left a voicemail at Harris’ district office in which he threatened to slit the congressman’s throat and kill his family “if you even mess with my vote,” prosecutors also said.

Mathur acknowledged leaving the voicemail message but originally denied making the webmail threat, prosecutors said.

Mathur was charged in December with threatening a federal official. He pleaded guilty in June to making false statements, the wire service also reports.

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Herschel Walker Will Kill It and Win in Georgia Against Communist Warnock (Video)

Last month, in late August, former NFL great and Trump supporter Herschel Walker filed papers to run for US Senator from Georgia.

A week later, President Trump endorsed the former football great in his Georgia Senate race!

Herschel Walker is a conservative favorite and led the current Marxist Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock in the 2022 Georgia Senate race before he even announced his candidacy.

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On Saturday night Herschel’s son Christian Walker discussed his father’s Senate race with The Gateway Pundit at the OutSpoken gay Republican event in Nashville, Tennessee.

Christian Walker is his father’s number one fan and he says his father will “kill it” and win the Georgia Senate seat because he LOVES Georgia and Raphael Warnock is a communist.

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Taliban forces kill opposition leader Rohullah Azizi

Taliban forces killed a significant opposition leader after shooting him and his driver while their car was stopped at a checkpoint.

Rohullah Azizi, a brother of former Afghan vice president Amrullah Saleh, had led resistance forces in Panjshir Province. The last anti-Taliban stronghold in the country fell to the Islamists earlier this week.

Azizi was the brother of former Afghan vice president Amrullah Saleh.
Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images

“As we hear at the moment Taliban shot him and his driver at the checkpoint.” Azizi’s nephew, Shuresh Saleh, told the Associated Press.

Video circulating online reportedly shows a Taliban fighters firing on anti-Taliban resistance members recently captured in the province.

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Even a “Limited” Nuclear War Would Kill Millions—Its Never Worth the Risk

Here’s What You Need to Know: The Reagan administration gazed upon the simulated horrors of simulated nuclear war and made an effort to change its policies in order to minimize the chance of any atomic exchange.

A “small” nuclear war would kill or injure more than 90 million people within just a few hours.

That’s the startling conclusion that a team of researchers at Princeton University reached when they simulated an exchange of small-yield “tactical” nuclear weapons between the United States and Russia.

Princeton’s Science and Global Security project team on Sept. 6, 2019 released a video of the simulation, with tiny missiles arcing over continental maps and pinprick blasts erasing cities and countries as the body-count rises.

The video underscores what experts for years have been saying. There’s really no such thing as a small nuclear war. Any wartime use of atomic weapons would be catastrophic, even civilization-ending.

The Science and Global Security team developed the simulation to depict what it described as “a plausible escalating war between the United States and Russia using realistic nuclear force postures, targets and fatality estimates. It is estimated that there would be more than 90 million people dead and injured within the first few hours of the conflict.”

The Princeton simulation relies in part on NUKEMAP, an on-line atomic-strike simulator that historian Alex Wellerstein developed. “We live in a world where nuclear weapons issues are on the front pages of our newspapers on a regular basis, yet most people still have a very bad sense of what an exploding nuclear weapon can actually do,” Wellerstein explained.

“This project is motivated by the need to highlight the potentially catastrophic consequences of current U.S. and Russian nuclear-war plans,” the Princeton team stated.

“The risk of nuclear war has increased dramatically in the past two years as the United States and Russia have abandoned long-standing nuclear arms control treaties, started to develop new kinds of nuclear weapons and expanded the circumstances in which they might use nuclear weapons.”

As part of the wider strategic escalation between the two countries, the United States under Pres. Donald Trump moved to acquire new, smaller-yield nuclear weapons — and began writing doctrine for employing them even in cases where the threat is non-nuclear.

This is a bad idea, Deverrick Holmes explained for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington, D.C. “Embracing the concept of limited nuclear war is folly to the highest degree, and we fool ourselves if we think using low-yield nuclear weapons will somehow help halt the escalation to all-out destruction.”

“We already know this,” Holmes added, “we have tested the proposition before.”

In 1982, the Reagan administration organized a war game known as “Proud Prophet” involving high-level defense officials. During the exercise, which played out over two weeks, the United States wanted to test the theory of limited nuclear strike. What they found was that the Soviet Union perceived even a low-yield nuclear strike as an attack, and responded with a massive missile salvo.

“The result was a catastrophe,” said Paul Bracken, a political scientist and Department of Defense advisor. “A half-billion human beings were killed in the initial exchanges and at least that many more would have died from radiation and starvation. NATO was gone. So was a good part of Europe, the United States and the Soviet Union. Major parts of the Northern Hemisphere would be uninhabitable for decades.”

Post-Proud Prophet, the rhetoric and policies coming out of the Reagan administration shifted dramatically. Bracken writes, “Launch on warning, horizontal escalation, early use of nuclear weapons, tit-for-tat nuclear exchanges — these were banished conceptually and rhetorically.” The exercise brought to light the inherent flaws of using nuclear weapons to maintain stability, and the Reagan administration stopped working to respond to nuclear escalation, instead focusing on reducing risks altogether.

The Reagan administration gazed upon the simulated horrors of simulated nuclear war and made an effort to change its policies in order to minimize the chance of any atomic exchange.

It’s not clear that the Trump administration will have a similar change of heart, even when confronted with a depiction of a “small” nuclear war that kills 90 million people in a virtual instant.

David Axe served as Defense Editor of the National Interest. He is the author of the graphic novels War FixWar Is Boring and Machete Squad.

This article first appeared in 2019.

Image: Wikimedia Commons.

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This Country Was the First to Kill a U.S. F-117 Stealth Fighter

Here’s What You Need to Know: It was years before anyone in the Serbian military took credit for the kill.

On March 27, 1999, an S-125M missile crew from the Serbian 250th Air Defense Missile Brigade fired two missile V-600 missiles at a U.S. Air Force F-117 stealth fighter that was flying back to its base in Italy after bombing a target near the Serb capital Belgrade.

The air raid was part of NATO’s intervention in the bloody civil war pitting Serb forces against insurgents in Kosovo, a breakaway region of Serbia.

The intervention ended with Serbia agreeing to terms. The new country of Kosovo was born.

Still, the F-117 shootdown near the town of Budanovci was “an outright military victory,” according to Zoltan Dani, the colonel in command of the 250th Air Defense Missile Brigade’s 3rd Missile Battery.

The battery anticipated the American plane’s flight path and, in contravention of standard tactics, powered up its high-frequency radar several times for 20 seconds each in order to get a fix on the F-117. Such frequent illumination risked drawing fire from NATO warplanes.

Dani received a promotion after the war and, a decade later, enjoyed much of the credit for the victory. It wasn’t until recently that other members of the battery began to speak out, challenging Dani’s control of the narrative and, in particular, pointing to another man who also deserves credit. Fellow battery control-officer Dorde Anicic.

Battery veterans speak out in Stealth Down, a Serbian documentary about the events of March 27, 1999.

The shoot-down was no secret, of course. F-117 pilot Lt. Col. Dale Zelko managed to eject from his damaged jet and spent a day hiding from Serbia patrols before an Air Force HH-60G rescue helicopter flew in to retrieve him.

The incident immediately was headline news in the United States.

But it was years before anyone in the Serbian military took credit for the kill. Dani finally went on a sort of P.R. offensive, talking to reporters and appearing in two documentaries, The 21st Second in 2009 and, in 2013, The Second Meeting, which depicts Dani’s first face-to-face meeting with Zelko.

The two get along great, and even visit a museum where the wreckage of Zelko’s F-117 is on display.

“I was in command that night, that was my destiny,” Dani explains in Stealth Down.

On the 11th anniversary of the shoot-down, the local government in Budanovci even gave Dani property in recognition of his wartime leadership. Dani accepted but acknowledged later that other members of the 3rd Missile Battery also deserved thanks. “Give everyone on the team a property, then,” Dani says in Stealth Down.

But by then Dani’s former missileers had turned on the famous commander. “We had two targeting operators in the moment the missile was shot, Dani and Anicic,” battery veteran Boris Stoimenov says in the recent documentary. “If one got the promotion, why didn’t the other?”

“Nobody did it for the medals or promotions,” Anicic says in Stealth Down. But that doesn’t mean that the men who worked together to shoot down Zelko’s F-117 don’t all want credit for their military prowess. “Truth must live on,” Anicic says.

David Axe served as Defense Editor of the National Interest. He is the author of the graphic novels  War FixWar Is Boring and Machete Squad.

This article first appeared in March 2020.

Image: U.S. Air Force photo

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