MSNBC Columnist Calls End of NORAD Santa Tracker “For Safety Of Santa Claus” From US Army
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An MSNBC columnist calls for an end to the NORAD Santa tracker, saying it’s time to “decouple” Santa from US military culture.
In an editorial published On MSNBC.com, opinion columnist Hayes Brown challenged the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s 60-year tradition of following Santa’s imaginary journey around the world by delivering gifts and a explained why “if I had my will, this year would be the last”.
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“No, I would rather we put an end to the tradition because it is time we split St. Nick from the most powerful army in the world,” wrote Hayes Brown. “American culture is saturated with the desire to associate the military with saccharin. We get videos of soldiers returning home with their pets or children, but we never wonder why they were deployed for so long or what threat they were fighting; military jets flying over NFL games give us a chauvinistic injection of testosterone before more regional testosterone battles are played out on the field; and we get the Netflix movie “Operation Christmas Drop,” a seasonal-themed romantic comedy that gleefully seeks to bolster the endorsement of the US military base in Guam. “
Brown explained that he does not consider himself a “scrooge” and that he recognizes the joy this practice brings to children, but ultimately believes: “The most complicated war cases that take place in the back- plan does not fit with the Christmas spirit. “
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Brown pointed to the drone strikes that have claimed civilian lives around the world and have helped “military officials avoid political headaches resulting from massive ground deployments.”
Brown gave examples of the US military he said not being held responsible for military strikes that killed civilians, then wondered aloud if the military would be held responsible if she was killing Santa Claus in a drone strike.
“Earlier this month a friend of mine reflected on twitter: “I wonder if this will be the year that NORAD finally kills Santa Claus,” Brown wrote. “It’s a big joke, which prompts this hypothesis: if the Air Force accidentally targeted Santa Claus, for example during one of its stops outside the United States, would we hear about it? Would the resulting loss of life be considered “credible”? Or will it be just another matter investigated and hidden in Pentagon files? “
The article concludes that Brown is unable to answer this question, which he says is part of the rationale for stopping NORAD’s practice of following Santa Claus.
“The army falsely killing someone is a more common occurrence than their interest in delivering toys,” Brown writes. “So out of concern for the safety of Santa Claus, out of exasperation at the Pentagon propaganda, and because on Christmas you are telling the truth, let NORAD free Santa from its annual pantomimic surveillance.”
Several Twitter users responded to Brown’s Twitter post containing the article opposing his conclusion.
An user Explain that the military is “far from perfect” and that tracking Santa Claus is a “tradition my kids love”.
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“Honestly, fair – it would be weird if everyone agreed with me 100% of the time and I’m glad your kids like it,” Hayes replied.
Another Twitter user accused Brown of “pride” and said that “people are on duty in command centers around the world right now on Christmas Eve” and “it serves as a * training exercise *. international to tracking and communication systems in a nice way “.
“It’s the best argument I’ve seen to support the program so far,” Brown replied. “Most of the time I heard ‘this is for children’. So it’s both convenient AND an annual PR boon. “
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden participated in the NORAD Santa Tracker Ritual on Christmas Eve and were involved in a viral moment where a caller said the phrase “Come on Brandon,” a popular online phrase used to disparaging the president, to which Biden replied, “Let’s go Brandon, I agree.”
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