Last week during a raid on Al-Qaeda in Yemen, Navy SEAL Ryan “William” Owens was killed in action. Following the man’s untimely death by the hands of terrorists, mainstream media outlets blasted President Trump for the man’s death.
Headlines included: “Trump Wasn’t in the Situation Room for Botched Yemen Raid That Killed Civilians and US Navy SEAL,” Cosmopolitan wrote.
“Trump Effort to Pin Botched Yemen Raid on Barack Obama Falters,” Huffington Post shared in their Politics section.
“President Trump’s disastrous first military operation was ordered without ‘sufficient intelligence’,” Salon shared with millions of readers.
If anyone believed these mainstream media sources they would think that Trump had sent this man to execution. But the truth is a lot more complicated than that…
While the media is looking for any excuse to pin blame on the new president, this failed anti-terrorist mission which resulted in a death of one of the most skilled fighters in the United States military was a good thing to point fingers at.
But recently, Independent Journal Review spoke to Delta Force Operator, Green Beret, and Master Sergeant Dale Comstock, a man who knows what it means to fight terrorists.
“Much of the media has no f****** clue what they’re talking about.
“I’ve been to over seventy countries in the world as a soldier, security consultant, and civilian. I’ve been to every country in the Middle East. Yemen is one of the most dangerous countries on the planet. Syria isn’t the most dangerous country in the Middle East, Yemen is.
“Most roads in Yemen have manned checkpoints. There are terrorist groups at every checkpoint. There is Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and the Houthis — who are funded by Iran. The streets aren’t safe.
“If you have a white face on the streets of Yemen, it’s a death sentence. There is a very high chance that you will get captured and killed.”
Comstock described how deadly Yemen territory could be:
“The Emirati army occupies the airport. But the checkpoints into the airport are manned by one of the jihadists groups, all three of which think killing Americans is a sacred duty.
“You can’t move on foot. You can’t move on the roads. If you do, you’ll end up in a firefight that could cost you and your team your lives.
“The terrorists have protected themselves and secured themselves, too. They have IEDs surrounding their bases. They have tripwires. They run surveillance and counter surveillance. In some ways, they operate like a military without a state behind them. They’ve learned a lot of lessons from Iraq, and because of that, they are much more deadly than before.
“Because of the extremely dangerous conditions, it’s not an easy place for a Navy SEAL or any other operator to do their job. The situation on the ground is a lot like Somalia was.
“If an American soldier was spotted, people would jump at the chance to kill them and parade their body in front of everyone.
“People going after Trump for Yemen do not understand how raids work. I’ve been on several, and sometimes the worst-case scenario is what happens.
“They don’t have any idea what could have gone wrong, how complex the planning was, and if anyone on the SEAL team made a mistake.
“To blame it on Trump is more than short-sighted. He doesn’t control the forces on the ground. And he has enough respect for our military that he defers to the professionals who he chose to lead the greatest fighting force on the planet.
“It’s tragic that a SEAL lost their life, but when they signed up, they knew the risk. Every time I went out and fought for my country I knew the risk. I’ve seen a lot of bad sh*t happen.”
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