I didn’t catch Trump’s speech. I saw a clip on O’Reilly. He played the part where Trump spoke to the widow of the Seal that died in the Yemen Raid.
This Navy Seal died in a raid of a compound in Yemen. He left behind a widow and 3 children. Of course, I’m sad for his widow and children. The children now have to grow up with out a father, the widow has to raise children on her own.
What makes it even sadder is that he is venerated as a hero. This guy, because his superior officer told him to, raided a compound, reportedly to gain information. Other reports, say the target of the raid was al-Rimi, but to the nation, Trump said intelligence. This means the official story is it was a raid to gain information. This, this should absolutely horrify every Christian and human rights proponent in the United States. Not only did this Navy Seal die, but probably a dozen or so Yemenis. They died not because our homeland was being invaded. They died not because hostages were being rescued. They died over information.
One of the dead was an 8 year old girl. She was an American citizen, the daughter to Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen that was targeted and killed in Obama’s drone war. No mention of the collateral damage. No mention that another US citizen had been killed. It was essentially a jingoistic affirmation of the War on Terror being waged to keep America safe.
O’Reilly and his guests went on about how Trump truly sounded presidential now. The bolded part is what they liked so well:
“I just spoke to our great General Mattis, just now, who reconfirmed that ‘Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies,’” Trump said. “Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity. Thank you.”
His legacy is following orders in a raid for intelligence that killed a little girl and other civilians, as well as men who were suspects. That is not a legacy to be proud about.
Trump apparently has bought into the War on Terror, hook, line and sinker. This was a sad speech, re-entrenching the idea of the righteousness of what is actually an immoral fight that goes against the nation’s very ideals of non-interventionism and innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
I’m outraged. I’m saddened. I didn’t really expect anything else, but it still is horrendous.