With regard to last month’s raid in Yemen that killed a Navy Seal and at least 30 civilians, Mike Pence seems extremely excited and proud. He had this to say to CBS:
‘Secretary Mattis, as recently yesterday, confirmed again to the administration that there was significant intelligence that was gathered that will lead to American success and to the safety and security of the American people. This was a strike directed at obtaining information about al Qaeda operating out of Yemen. We do believe it will lay a foundation for victories in the future’
Per the usual, nothing — not one thing — validates Pence’s claims. In fact, there is concerning information that contradicts Pence’s assertion that “significant intelligence was gathered.”
NBC reports that a senior Pentagon official classifies the information that was found as “de minimis” and intelligence that was already known. NBC further states that the Pentagon asserts that Navy SEALs seized “laptops, hard drives and cell phones.” Unfortunately, despite the lives lost, nothing that was gathered is “actionable or vital.”
Emotions are running high around this subject for many reasons. Paramount of those reasons is likely the fact that during his address to the joint session of Congress, Donald Trump exploited the widow of Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens by introducing her. Trump went on to give what, by all accounts, is now being proven as a false statement regarding what was gained as a result of loss Senior Chief Owens’ life.
Tears rolled down Carryn Owens’ face as Trump said what currently feels like the script Pence and others are reading from:
‘I just spoke to General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, “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.”‘
Laptops, hard drives, and cell phones are neither impressive nor a sign of success. Like one Twitter user put it:
So the Yemen raid yielded email addresses? Isn’t that what the damn #NSA exists to do?
But we had to put Navy SEALS in danger to get them?!
— YancyFaith (@YancyFaith) March 2, 2017
Footage of Donald Trump disgracefully using fallen Navy SEAL Senior Chief Owens’, widow to make himself look good, is below care of YouTube:
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