Four-star general Barry R. McCaffrey unknowingly shared footage of a video game and claimed it was a Russian plane being shot down by Ukraine before quickly deleting the Tweet when he was corrected
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MSNBC contributor and retired four-star general Barry McCaffrey deletes tweet showing Russian plane ‘getting nailed’ by Ukraine that’s from a VIDEO GAME

  • Four-star general Barry R. McCaffrey’s gaffe did not go unnoticed, with some pointing out at the mistake by the former Clinton advisor
  •  The animation shared by McCaffrey was actually from Digital Combat Simulator (DCS) footage from the video game ‘Arma 3’  

McCaffrey was informed by a Twitter user that ‘what [McCaffrey mentioned] is actually happening. But this not footage of such action’

A decorated retired Army General and MSNBC contributor unknowingly shared footage of a video game and claimed it was a Russian plane being shot down by Ukraine before quickly deleting the Tweet when he was corrected.

Four-star general Barry R. McCaffrey’s gaffe did not go unnoticed, with some pointing out at the mistake by the former Clinton advisor.

‘Russian aircraft getting nailed by UKR missile defense. Russians are losing large numbers of attack aircraft. UKR air defense becoming formidable,’ McCaffrey wrote in a now-deleted Tweet.

The animation shared by McCaffrey was actually from Digital Combat Simulator (DCS) footage from the video game ‘Arma 3.’

Four-star general Barry R. McCaffrey unknowingly shared footage of a video game and claimed it was a Russian plane being shot down by Ukraine before quickly deleting the Tweet when he was corrected

Four-star general Barry R. McCaffrey unknowingly shared footage of a video game and claimed it was a Russian plane being shot down by Ukraine before quickly deleting the Tweet when he was corrected

Barry McCaffrey who served in the United States Army for 32 years

Barry McCaffrey who served in the United States Army for 32 years

The animation shared by McCaffrey was actually from Digital Combat Simulator (DCS) footage from the video game 'Arma 3'

The animation shared by McCaffrey was actually from Digital Combat Simulator (DCS) footage from the video game ‘Arma 3’

McCaffrey was informed by a Twitter user that ‘what [McCaffrey mentioned] is actually happening. But this not footage of such action,’ Fox News reported.

The retired Army general proceeded to reply ‘Ok,’ and delete the Tweet, according to the outlet.

‘MSNBC/NBC analyst and retired four-star U.S. general sharing video game footage, claiming it shows real-life combat in Ukraine,’ National Journalism Center Director and Washington Examiner contributor Becket Adams tweeted.

Adams pointed out that the description of the animation contained the hashtag #Arma3.

‘I, uh, have some concerns. Of all people, you’d think a retired general with four combat tours and three purple hearts under his belt would have *some* idea regarding what this stuff really looks like. the video was clearly animated,’ he added.

The retired Army General served under President Bill Clinton as the director of the National Drug Control Policy and was a professor at the United States Military Academy

The retired Army General served under President Bill Clinton as the director of the National Drug Control Policy and was a professor at the United States Military Academy

For his service in the Vietnam War, he received three Purple Heart medals, two distinguished Service Crosses and two Silver Stars

For his service in the Vietnam War, he received three Purple Heart medals, two distinguished Service Crosses and two Silver Stars

McCaffrey is a paid analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He often voiced his condemnation of the Trump administration when he was president.

In 2018, he made headlines when he accused Trump of being a threat to national security by not being strongly opposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

‘It is apparent that he is for some unknown reason under the sway of Mr. Putin,’ McCaffrey told MSNBC at the time.

McCaffrey also compared Trump to Benito Mussolini over the decision by the administration to order federal agencies to cancel subscriptions to The New York Times and The Washington Post in 2019.

The retired Army General served under President Bill Clinton as the director of the National Drug Control Policy and was a professor at the United States Military Academy.

For his service in the Vietnam War, he received three Purple Heart medals, two distinguished Service Crosses and two Silver Stars. 

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