Powerful words spoken by the father of the Navy SEAL who died in a botched raid in Yemen a few weeks ago called out the hypocrisy of the Republican Party when it comes to Trump and the GOP, in general.
“I’m sorry, I don’t want to see him,’’ William Owens said during an interview with the Miami Herald. “I told them I don’t want to meet the president.”
“Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn’t even barely a week into his administration?,” he added. “Why? For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen, everything was missiles and drones, because there was not a target worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?’’
While I’m not going to insinuate that this was entirely Trump’s fault, there are certainly questions that need to be answered. This was a mission that had been planned before Trump took office, but I agree with Mr. Owens that the sudden urgency to order it so quickly after assuming office does seem more political than strategic.
Though what’s most disconcerting are reports that came out prior to all of this that Trump had been skipping intelligence briefings and he wasn’t even in the Situation Room when the raid was taking place.
Imagine what Republicans would be saying if Clinton had been elected, skipped intelligence briefings prior to ordering a failed military raid resulting in the death of a Navy SEAL, then we found out she wasn’t even in the Situation Room while all of this was going on.
People like Trump, his fellow Republicans, and their supporters have lied about her being asleep when Benghazi happened. It’s been falsely repeated that she was asleep when the attack took place, even though it was mid-day in Washington — not the “middle of the night” as many on the right have said it was. Furthermore, she wasn’t the president at that time — yet Trump was when this Navy SEAL was tragically killed.
“Don’t hide behind my son’s death to prevent an investigation,” Owens said. “I want an investigation. The government owes my son an investigation.”
While Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has called for an investigation, that’s something Trump criticized.
As I’ve been saying for weeks now, Republicans need to hold Donald Trump to the same standards they did Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. But a majority of them won’t, because they seem determined to put politics over country every. single. time.
They spent years investigating Benghazi even though the late-Ambassador Chris Stevens’ family openly spoke out against the GOP politicizing his death. So I don’t see any logical or ethical reason why any member of Congress (especially Republicans who, very recently, seemed to be big fans of investigations) would oppose looking into a botched military raid ordered by Trump, who skipped intelligence briefings and wasn’t in the Situation Room when it took place.
I can guarantee that had Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton been in charge when this happened, that’s exactly what Republicans would be pushing for.
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