The father of the Navy Seal who was killed in Yemen is demanding a probe into whether President Trump put together the mission properly.
Bill Owens, the father of Navy Seal Ryan Owens, told The Miami Herald, “Don’t hide behind my son’s death to prevent an investigation. I want an investigation. … The government owes my son an investigation.”
The Trump administration has gone out of their way to use the death of Ryan Owens to hide from accountability.
On February 8, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters, “The action that was taken in Yemen was a huge success. American lives will be saved because of it. Future attacks will be prevented because of it. The life of Chief Owens was done in service to this country, and we owe him and his family a great debt for the information that we received in that raid. I think any suggestion otherwise is a disservice to his courageous life and the actions that he took. Full stop.”
The father of Ryan Owens disagrees.
Lost in the fog of Trump’s war with the press, and the looming Russia scandal is the reporting that the President badly bungled the raid in Yemen. It has been reported that Trump moved forward on the operation without sufficient intelligence, and the resulting raid was a disaster that left Ryan Owens and 28 civilians dead.
There is already significant support in Congress for an investigation into what happened in Yemen. Bill Owens deserves answers. Republicans in Congress spent years and tens of millions of taxpayer dollars investigating a Benghazi conspiracy theory. The least that these same Republicans can do is investigate the Yemen raid to give answers to a grieving father.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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