by Scott Creighton
Thousands of news outlets are covering the “big moment” from last night’s presidential address to congress. You know the one. It was when President Trump mentioned Navy Seal Ryan Owens’ death in Yemen (without actually mentioning Yemen) and pointed out his widow, Carryn Owens, who was in attendance. I don’t have to tell you what happened after that. It was her moment to shine and shine she did.
She did a lot of that.A LOT of that. She milked it for everything it was worth and the audience ate it up. Her standing ovation lasted an uncomfortable 3 minutes. A painful 3 minutes.
Perhaps it was most painful for the wives of the two law enforcement officers who were killed ON DUTY by an illegal immigrant who had already been arrested and deported twice. They were there as well and the ovation they received for their fallen husbands lasted about 10 seconds. For both of them. I don’t see many articles this morning written about the suffering those women are enduring these days. I guess they were wearing the wrong uniforms? Maybe less important ones?
In MSNBC’s post mortem for the speech, slobbering Chris Mathews said Carryn was “talking” to her deceased husband. “That is love” he said as he went on to suggest soldiers can only hope to leave behind such dedicated spouses.
The president made the comment that he had been “told” by his Defense Secretary that the raid which cost the life of Carryn’s husband resulted in the collection of tons of valuable intelligence that would be critical in fighting “the enemy” over there.
That’s total bunk. That’s why he used the disclaimer that he had been “told” that and he didn’t say it as a fact. Because it isn’t a fact. The raid was not about gathering “intelligence” from some hard drives as we have been led to believe. It was about killing someone, a woman in fact.
“The official, and others briefed on the matter who spoke to NBC News, echoed the remarks of Sen. John McCain, R.-Ariz., that the raid was designed to kill or capture one or more militants — something the military did not initially acknowledge.” CNBC
This fact was verified early after the bungled mission by the grandfather of one of the youngest victims of the attack and a former official in the Yemeni puppet Saleh regime, a man who used to work for our interests in Yemen.
“They [the SEALs] entered another house and killed everybody in it, including all the women. They burned the house. There is an assumption there was a woman [in the house] from Saudi Arabia who was with al Qaeda. All we know is that she was a children’s teacher.”…
The child’s mother, Anwar al-Awlaki’s widow, survived the raid with a minor wound, according to Nasser al-Awlaki. However, Anwar al-Awlaki’s brother-in-law was killed in the raid. The death toll varies according to the sourcing, with the Pentagon saying 14 militants died, along with “numerous” civilians. Nasser al-Awlaki said Yemenis were circulating a body count of combatants and civilians as high as 59.” NBC News
They went there to kill or capture a “militant”… a woman… supposedly with al Qaeda who was a teacher and friend of their family.
The Pentagon admits a number of civilians were killed in that raid. Trump failed to mention that little tidbit of fact last night. If he had I doubt Carryn would have emoting for 3 minutes while “speaking” to her husband “in heaven”
The youngest of those victims of the slaughter was the daughter of a U.S. citizen, an 8-year-old girl named Nawar “Nora” al-Awlaki. She was shot in the neck at 2:30 in the morning after being woken by a massive MV-22 Osprey crash landing just outside of her home. She died terrified. Bled to death over the course of about two hours because they couldn’t get her medical attention. An 8-year-old daughter of a U.S. citizen.
“The senior military official said the 8-year-old girl, Nawar al-Awlaki, also known as Nora, was among the noncombatants killed in the raid, which also resulted in the death of several Yemeni women. U.S. officials said some of the women who were killed, however, were combatants and had opened fire on the SEALs as they approached the al Qaeda camp.
The girl’s grandfather, Nasser al-Awlaki, Yemen’s former agriculture minister, told NBC News a different story. He identified his granddaughter as the dead girl from a photo taken at the scene of the raid but based his description on what happened at the camp on conversations with what he characterized as Yemeni sources.
“My granddaughter was staying for a while with her mother, so when the attack came, they were sitting in the house, and a bullet struck her in her neck at 2:30 past midnight. Other children in the same house were killed,” al-Awlaki said. He said the girl died two hours after being shot.” NBC News
Here is a picture of Nora.
That little 8-year-old girl died on the same night that Ryan Owens died. She died along with about 30 other civilians, women and children included, depending on who’s numbers you trust. (go read this and judge for yourself)
She died in a “boots on the ground” raid in a country we have no business in, not for “intelligence gathering” but for a “snatch and grab” operation, a black bag op, which targeted, as best as I can tell, a woman… a teacher.
During last night’s painfully prolonged tribute to Carryn’s fallen husband, I wonder if anyone in that room gave a second’s thought to the other women sitting there wondering why their fallen spouses didn’t receive the same reverence that Ryan Owens did? Their husbands didn’t take part in a raid killing women and children on the other side of the world. They were fighting right here in this country against violent criminals bound and determined to cause direct harm to some of our citizens.
Don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t Ryan’s fault. He didn’t plan the raid he didn’t pick the target. He was “just following orders”… right?
And it isn’t Carryn’s fault that the sycophants in that room last night felt they had to stand and applaud forever because someone might be watching and we know what happens to congress critters who don’t back the glorious Endless War OF Terror. They get primaried by their own party because the Military Industrial Complex demands it.
They’re all just people caught up in something bigger than they are doing their level best to keep their heads above water like the rest of us.
They say Nora was wise beyond her years. I hope that is true. I hope Nora was looking down last night at Carryn with forgiveness. I hope she looks at us all with forgiveness. Because after last night’s little display, we need it. We don’t deserve it. But we need it.
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