…on May 3, Vice President Joe Biden got up to speak at a dinner at Washington’s Ritz Carlton Hotel marking the 50th anniversary of the Atlantic Council to spill the beans about Adm. James Stavridis and “the incredible, the phenomenal, the just almost unbelievable capacity of his Navy SEALs and what they did last Sunday.”From that moment, the families believe, the Taliban looked for an opportunity for revenge, and a government more concerned with politically correct rules of engagement than victory helped them get it.Doug Hamburger, whose son Patrick was killed, called the incident an “ambush” that could have been prevented.
Karen Vaughn says she wants to know why her son Aaron and his team were not using special operations aircraft that have defenses in place to help allow helicopters to go deep behind enemy lines.
The night her son Aaron died, he was in a helicopter that was built in the 1960s and last retrofitted in 1985.
Like Benghazi, where rescue teams were ordered to “stand down,” suppressive fire was forbidden as the Chinook flew into disaster.
The rules of engagement prevented suppressive fire from being aimed at the tower firing on the Chinook.
Billy Vaughn, Aaron Vaughn’s father, recalled how a three-star admiral explained this breach to the grieving families: U.S. forces couldn’t fire back, the admiral said, because “we want to win hearts and minds.”
Note the similarity to Benghazi, when again SEALs died because available military was told to stand down.
On May 3, at an event in Washington, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. did the unthinkable: He publicly revealed the identity of the special-operations unit responsible for bin Laden’s killing. His reckless action put at risk the lives of every member of SEAL Team 6. The Taliban and other jihadists eager to avenge bin Laden now knew which unit to target. Stunned and shocked, SEAL members immediately realized they were going to be hunted by al Qaeda sympathizers.
Karen Vaughn, the mother of slain SEAL Aaron Vaughn, says that within hours after Mr. Biden’s comments, her son called to tell her to wipe away every piece of information regarding the family on social media, Facebook and Twitter. “I never heard Aaron that afraid in his life,” Mrs. Vaughn said in an interview. “He told me: ‘Mom, we’re picking up chatter. We’re not safe. You’re not safe. Delete everything.’”
According to Mrs. Vaughn, Mr. Biden essentially placed a bull’s-eye on her son’s back — and that of all the other SEALs. He leaked classified information. SEAL Team 6 is a covert unit, which is supposed to operate in the shadows. This is how they are able to conduct deadly raids on terrorist groups. Their reward, however, for killing the world’s foremost terrorist mastermind was to be outed by their own government.
via Washington Times
It will be interesting to see if these parents get the same media attention Cindy Sheehan got.
“We’re very concerned that the administration had disclosed that the Navy SEALs had carried out a successful attack on bin Laden’s compound resulting in his death. And you know, never before in the history of our county (had) a sitting president released that type of information to the public, especially when he was talking about special forces. Their names and their missions had never been revealed before. And we really feel that this put our guys in an unnecessary risk,” Hamburger said.
Many military experts at the time, including some of Obama’s top military advisers, had questioned the White House’s public praise of SEAL Team 6 and said it put members in danger.
Charles Strange, whose son Michael, 25, died in the attack said Obama personally promised him a thorough investigation of what happened but has failed to deliver.
Strange also blamed top military brass for sending the troops into a situation they were allegedly ill-equipped and unprepared to handle. The team was responding to an Army Ranger unit that was engaged in a firefight with the Taliban and needed backup.
Asked for comment, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. James Gregory said: “We share in the grief of all of the families who lost their loved ones.”
While not commenting directly on the allegations, he called those who were lost “warriors” who represented “the diversity and talent of America and its military.”
An official report was released in October 2011 but family members say it did little to fill in the details and left more questions than answers.
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