Last year, American warriors were killed when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down by the Taliban during combat operations in Afghanistan. The Helicopter was carrying U.S. Navy SEALs to assist an U.S. Army Ranger unit that was under heavy fire from insurgents in the mountainous region of the Wardak province. Their mission was to help capture a senior Taliban leader, but it went terribly wrong. Thirty (30) U.S. troops died that day, making it the single largest loss of American troops in the Afghanistan war. The team consisted of U.S. Army Rangers and 17 warriors from Navy Seal Team Six, the same team that killed Osama bin Laden. None of those killed were involved in that operation.
Americans were shocked and saddened by the incident, and President Barack Obama offered his thoughts and prayers for the Americans killed that day. In a statement issued at the time, Mr. Obama wrote: “Their deaths are a reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices made by the men and women of our military and their families, including all who have served in Afghanistan.” Nice words, but what followed proves Obama doesn’t really believe them. He doesn’t relate to or care about the values of these greatest of American warriors; he can’t as it’s not in his makeup.
Outside of the 2012 Republican National Convention, parents of fallen SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn addressed the Defending the Defenders forum. Karen, SEAL Vaughn’s mother, displayed a copy of the condolence letter Obama sent to her. She had additional copies of letters sent to members of other parents of the SEALs killed in the same incident. They were the same, a form latter. Apparently, Mr. Obama was too busy to write a note to the parents and sign the letters; he delegated that to a robo-signer. Most likely, he never even saw them or knew about them.
A Commander-in-Chief who doesn’t take the time to honor our fallen warriors, those who serve this nation so well, is not worthy to be addressed by that title and not worthy of the respect it warrants.
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