On the night of August 6, 2011, our military piled 30 of our best and brightest highly trained Special Operation forces into an old Chinook helicopter built in the early 1960’s that had last been retro-fitted in 1985 and was documented to be in very poor condition. Why?
Why would our government put 17 Navy Seals, 5 Navy Special Ops Support Personnel, 5 Army, 3 Air Force, 1 Military work dog and 7 Afghan soldiers and 1 Afghan civilian Interpreter all onto the same helicopter and why would they give them such an old National Guard helicopter when our Special Forces usually fly the latest and greatest technologically advanced machine such as the MH 47 Nightstalker? There were 38 deaths total in that single crash. We sent our men into harms way in the wrong chopper, without cover and without properly vetted Afghan companions. They had no escort, no cover, the drone that was supposed to provide an “eye” was not working and it was an active battle situation.
The crash happened in Tanji, where the U.S. closed a combat outpost in April 2011. However, the AP reported that the Afghan forces never staffed the outpost after American forces left and the Taliban moved back in. The nature of the mission for Extortion 17 is really not known but result would become marked in history as the largest loss in the history of Naval special warfare and the largest one day loss in our 11 year war in Afghanistan.
There are a lot of questions that have not been answered and frankly, our government has attempted to coverup and bury as much of this incident as possible. Today at a press conference, the family members of some of the military that were killed are demanding answers and they deserve them. Not only has our government denied them the right to the truth but they have violated these people’s right to religious freedom and insulted these fallen heroes in death by allowing a Muslim cleric to come disparage and damn these honored warriors to hell by declaring them infidels to Allah. Why not provide the families copies of the ramp ceremony? Why keep that a secret and also not provide the identity of the Imam? This ramp ceremony takes place in Bagram, Afghanistan so is this a regular event for this Imam? Obama and our military owe these families an apology and the truth.
Everyone needs to take the time to watch this press conference:
So is our military the greatest, fittest, toughest, best trained military in the world whose mission is to protect and defend our country and win whatever battle we sent them in or are is our military a bunch of community organizers sent out to win the hearts and minds of the enemy and sing a round of kumbayah? Our Navy Seals do NOT train to be community organizers.
Why and who made the decision at the last minute to switch out the eight properly vetted Afghan soldiers and interpreter for eight unknown Afghans to join our Special forces on this critical combat mission? Who was this person and why did they make this decision? Who were these eight Afghans that were now on this chopper and how did SOCom not know about the swap?
Why and who invited a Muslim Imam to speak and pray over our fallen Christain soldiers at their funeral when these families were told that they could not express their own Judeo-Christian values at the service? How dare our government, military and President allow such a thing.
An internal investigation was conducted by CENTCOM and it concluded “that all operational decisions, linked to the incident, were deemed tactically sound” and that the Chinook crashed after an RPG round impacted the aft rotor assembly. Tell us something we don’t know…
Karen Vaughn, mother of one of our fallen heroes that night, expressed frustration at the unanswered questions and missing information in the over 1200 page report from CENTCOM. She questioned why the helicopter entered unescorted into a valley that was on heightened alert that night and had been in battle for more than 3 hours. She expressed disgust at the rules of engagement that prevented pre-assault fire as she was told that it damaged our efforts to win the hearts and minds of our enemy. “So in other words, the hearts and minds of our enemy are more valuable to this government than my son’s blood” said Karen.
One of the most disturbing pieces of information Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn revealed was that the Afghan National Army, the Afghan National Police and the Afghan Security Ministry are, have been and still will be involved in planning of every single stage of every single mission of our special operations that happen in that country even knowing that these agencies have been infiltrated. Heck, the enemy brags about it but yet, our strategy doesn’t change. Just who is in charge here? Clearly, Karen Vaughn raises four very important questions about that night.
During this press conference some of the current Rules of Engagement were revealed. It is no wonder that over 14,000 soldiers have come home as wounded warriors and changed forever in just the past 3 years under President Obama. It is a dereliction of duty by our Commander in Chief. The new rules of engagement set our soldiers up for failure and to die. Is that the goal? Are these new rules designed to weaken our nation and our military by killing our best and most special forces off? Was this crash in Tanji an offering of appeasement for the capture of Bin Laden?
Pres. Obama has shown time and time again little concern for our fallen soldiers. The form letters he sends out to the families was mentioned today. It is shameful and embarrassing to the office of the President and Commander in Chief that a personal phone is made to someone like Sandra Fluke or Jason Collins but for someone who gave their life blood for our freedom, their family gets a form letter with an autopen signature.
Doug Hamburger lost his son Patrick in the crash. Doug expressed that he feels his son and team members were ambushed. He raised concerns with Vice President Biden’s leak of classified information revealing the name of Seal Team 6 and that this leak put his son in harms way by putting a bounty on his head. Mr. Hamburger wonders why no one from the Afghan military was ever questioned during the 1250 page investigation.
Michael Strange was a Navy Seal who died in the crash. His dad Charles Strange represented him well. He described Biden as having a “half a load on” when he leaked the information about Seal Team 6. Mr. Strange described his encounter with President Obama and General Colt. He pressed the Administration for where the black box was. They told him it was blown away by the flood. Mr. Strange didn’t buy that excuse and pressed further. After all,they’ve found black boxes at the bottom of swamps. They told him it was all in “the book”. Strangely, there was no ink in the book they provided him. Again, he pressed for the truth. They told him they burned the original book (why?) so they gave him a disk but most of the disk was full of white outs. Mr. Strange talks about how Admiral Horowitz tells him they didn’t use a drone which could have done the same job because they wanted to win the hearts and minds. Who gave the OK? Mr. Strange asks. “It goes all the way to the top” he says “It’s in the paperwork”. He asks everyone to follow the money and who is the leak?
The most devastating information was when Mr. Strange said that he had been provided pictures of his son from autopsy and yet the government then turned around and claimed that all the soldiers were burned beyond recognition and had to be cremated. Mr. Strange knew that was a lie and was visibly angry as his son did not need to be cremated. He had pictures to prove that his son could have had a proper burial and yet the government cremated his son. Why would the military lie to him?
We changed the rules of engagement to benefit them and yet the Taliban and Al Queda have RPG’s, night vision goggles, heat seeking missiles, and more.
It took our military 10 minutes to identify which helicopter went down. There were no pathfinders, no eye in the sky drone, no escorts, nothing. Our military men were fighting for their lives with no backup, no help, no rescue.
Today’s press conference left no doubt that there is a coverup going on of Extortion 17. Also speaking at the press conference was Admiral James Lyons, Army Major General Paul Vallely, General Tom MacInerney, Lt. Colonel Allen West, former Seals, Benjamin Smith and Larry Bailey, and General Boykin. Each of them expressed concern that our military has been infiltrated at all levels by the true enemy and that they are trying to destroy us from within. Being experienced military men, they warned of the dangers of the new restricted rules of engagement.
Admiral Lyons revealed that the Muslim Brotherhood has had more growth and made more strides in the past few years than they have made ever in the history of our country. 57 Muslim nations protested our training materials and those materials were purged and our trainers were “re-educated” toward a sensitivity toward Islam (57 of them… Muslim nations… does that number ring a bell with anyone? kind of like the 57 states Obama thought the US has…hmmm…). Admiral Lyons rightly pointed out that the concept of Arab Spring makes no sense. They don’t want it and their crede is to destroy us and our democracy. Admiral Lyons stated that under the Obama administration he has seen the Muslim Brotherhood ascend to power in the Middle East.
Gen. Tom MacInerney names names. This guy is the real deal. He lays it out about the corruption, complicity and dereliction of duty of this government. He names Sec. Gates at the launching pad of politicizing the military officers and the Obama Administration for the pattern of leaving people behind. Gen. Boykin took the podium and talked about the last time we went to war without politics which was on the beaches of Normandy. Gen. Boykin expressed how deeply incensed he is regarding the fact that the military has allowed an Iman to come and pray over the bodies of our fallen soldiers condemning them to hell. He said that we have failed to know the enemy and apologized to the families.
Col. West reminded everyone that in the last election cycle we had for the first time in 77 years no one running on either ticket with any military experience. He reiterated the same questions that have been asked and stated that the answers must be demanded. Navy Seal Benjamin Smith observed that Islam is over 1400 years old and they already didn’t like us before we were a breath just on ideology alone and yet we are only 200 years old and we have supposedly never lost a war but do we stand a chance in this one? He stated that he believes that President Obama is guilty of treason by putting our people at risk like this by sending people into situations where the other side has foreknowledge of our plans.
Brigitte Gabriel closed out the press conference by thanking everyone who serves this country and fights for our freedom and the families who raise and support those soldiers.
People who would NOT help:
Rep. John Boehner, Sen. Levin, Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. McCain, Admiral William McRaven, The establishment of the Republican party
People who would help:
Rep. Gommert, Rep. Bachmann, Rep. Franks, Sen. Rubio (kind of, since he ran to his new best friend McCain & the Vaughn’s declined McCain’s help as they don’t trust him but they didn’t say why).
We can not let this Administration lie and cover up the truth or hide it’s real motivation while more and more of our soldiers are wounded or die senseless and needless deaths.
Please take the time to watch the press conference for yourself. Listen to the words and hear their concerns and then contact your Representatives and Senators to demand a Congressional Hearing into what really happened so that the truth will come out. We can not let this Administration politicize our military or use our best and brightest as failed community organizers. If we the people don’t make enough noise, they will simply sweep this under the rug. They are counting on us not caring enough.
It is time to demand the truth.