Call your members of Congress and ask them to investigate the January 27 raid in Yemen, in which a Navy Seal lost his life along with as many as 29 civilians.
Less than a week after taking office, Trump gave the go-ahead to an attack on the central Yemen home of a suspected Al-Qaeda collaborator. Unfortunately, everything that could have gone wrong went wrong. Navy Seal Ryan Owens died along with as many as 29 civilians, possibly including an 8-year-old American girl. An Osprey aircraft valued at $75 million had to be deliberately scuttled to prevent Al-Qaeda from taking possession of it.
The military is now conducting an investigation of the raid. But Trump’s administration has not yet launched its own investigation. Bill Owens, father of the dead Navy Seal and himself a veteran of the Navy and the Army Reserves, has asked for a full probe of the mission.
Owens declined to meet Trump when his son’s body arrived in the United States. He was annoyed when White House Press Secretary invoked Ryan Owens’s sacrifice when deflecting criticism of the raid.
In early February, the Washington Post quoted Spicer saying: “The action that was taken in Yemen was a huge success. American lives will be saved because of it, future attacks will be prevented. The life of Chief Ryan Owens was done in service to this country, and we owe him and his family a great debt for the information that we received during that raid. I think any suggestion otherwise is a disservice to his courageous life and the actions that he took, full stop.”
(White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has since said that she “would imagine that [Trump] would be supportive of that [an investigation into the Yemen raid].”)
Owens has since countered Spicer’s words in a February 27 Miami Herald article: “Don’t hide behind my son’s death to prevent an investigation.”
It’s entirely possible that the mission was plagued by bad luck. It happens. But given the loss of life and the circumstances surrounding the choice to go ahead when it did, Owens is right to demand a formal, public investigation of the incident that claimed his son.
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