Trump’s desperate attempt to be seen as a better president than Obama has cost Navy SEAL William Owen’s his life. The Yemen raid’s target was Al Qaeda Leader Qassim Al-Rimi. The mission had been under consideration during the Obama presidency but had not been green-lighted. It was determined that more intel was needed on the location. The mission was passed to the Trump Whitehouse for further gathering of intel.
Unfortunately the United States does not currently have a president who takes situations such as this one seriously. Top cabinet members, knowing Trump’s insecurities, used that knowledge to manipulate a decision by stating that they doubted that the Obama administration would have been bold enough to try it. Trump gave his go-ahead over dinner with his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, whose experience is in real estate.
While U.S. Navy SEALs were fighting for their life, Trump, Bannon et al, were posing for victory photos. The President of the United States ordered a mission that would put American soldiers in the center of a hotbed of enemies due to poor intel and didn’t even bother to monitor the operation from the situation room.
Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens was killed. Three other SEALs were wounded. There were multiple civilian casualties including the death of an 8 year old American girl. An MV-22 Osprey, a 72 million dollar helicopter, was damaged in the attack necessitating it’s destruction so it would not fall into the hands of the rebels.
And the target of this attack was either not there or survived it. Al-Rimi has produced a video mocking Trump’s bumbling, futile attempts to capture him. Al Qaeda is celebrating it’s victory over the United States and using the utter incompetence in approving the mission as a recruiting tool. I guess making ISIS great wasn’t enough, now he has to make Al Qaeda great too.