The recent Yemen raid that resulted in the death of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens was criticized by Sen. John McCain. Unlike many, he is not calling this raid a success.
“[McCain] certainly could apologize to the family for saying it was a failure because that insinuates that his life was given for nothing, and it wasn’t,” said Taya Kyle, widow to veteran and “American Sniper” Chris Kyle. “They got 14 high-value targets. That’s a big deal. These guys went in and risked their lives, and they were very successful.
This was in retaliation for statements made by McCain, who stated, “While many of the objectives of the recent raid in Yemen were met, I would not describe any operation that results in the loss of American life as a success.”
The raid, while successful, was very rough from start to finish. No one could have foreseen the aircraft’s landing being so rough, injuring several SEALs before the raid even began, via Fox News.
Even successful plans are not without loss of life in war, and McCain should realize that. Anyone who does not think this raid was successful is devaluing Owens’s sacrifice.
“It’s semantics,” Kyle stated on Fox News. “Sometimes, it’s politically motivated when you say something is a failure or a success. I don’t think you can categorically say that. You have to be a little more detailed.”
President Trump has also acknowledged McCain’s comments on his Twitter account, saying McCain should not be talking about the success or failure of any U.S. mission to the mainstream media. Eventually, the enemy will learn about it, and they will grow more confident in their attacks.
Many liberals think this raid was a “failure” because Donald Trump is inexperienced in war and not a career politician, but that doesn’t even begin to make sense. Since when are career politicians trained in the art of war? And no one has had a more competent secretary of defense than General James Mattis, not in the modern era.
This raid does not and should not reflect badly on President Trump. Besides, where was the liberal outrage when Obama conducted failed missions and harmed the American men and women who serve in this nation’s military?
McCain should not be criticizing this raid, and it should be seen as a success. High value targets were taken out, and while there was the loss of an American life, it surely was not in vain. McCain should not belittle a warrior’s sacrifice by saying this mission was not a success. And this is something he should know, having worn the uniform of a warrior himself.
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