In case you aren't aware of the story, the families had a press conference at the National Press Club yesterday attended primarily by conservative Congresspersons and a wide array of retired military brass. The lack of large press support at the event was noted; I can only say they really aren't interested since anything that casts a stain on the current administration they avoid like the plague.
Billy Vaughn, father of one of the decedents, led the group and showed the true grit and attitude of the Real America, not the Washington establishment which wants to always hide the truth from us. Whether it be Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the Boston Massacre, Fort Hood, or even the recently reported harassment of Tea Party groups by the IRS, the liberal establishment does everything it can to cover for the President and his cronies.
In his remarks, Mr. Vaughn spoke of the excessive use of the aircraft, up to 334 missions in a month, by Seals which necessitated pushing them beyond the maintenance envelope. Some of the choppers, like the one they were on the day they were shot down, was old and had maintenance issues.
Isn't it also funny that Seals, a stealth oriented group, would be sent on a mission on a lumbering Chinook without gunship support? It's almost like someone wanted to get rid of them. Plus, a number of the Afghan contingent with them were mysteriously switched out before the mission with no explanation. Could one of the replacements have been an enemy martyr, fingering the flight to someone on the ground? Or was it just a lucky shot? After all, we've had a tragic number of our troops killed by supposed allies while the President and his Defense Department try to downplay such situations at every turn. Even the IG in Afghanistan is trying to get the story out about the graft and corruption, with no support from his superiors.
And it brings up the question. Is this just like Benghazi? Are we sending America's finest into harms way without any really valid reason. Do their leaders in Washington even care? After all, they seem much more concerned about the sensitivities of the Afghan Muslims than they do about our military who are predominantly believers in the God of Abraham and Jesus Christ.
It was even stated by Mr. Vaughn that the ceremony prior to leaving Bagram Air Base for the U.S. used a Muslim cleric as a principal religious figure. He indicated that the translation of his Arabic remarks called our heroes infidels. Really? Now I don't know for sure what happened there, but I sure want to know, and I hope all Americans do. Our government has a lot of explaining to do about a lot of issues these days and we have a right to the truth.
And I do know this. Our military men and women are being treated with disdain by their own government and this has to stop. You can't keep sending these brave souls on back to back tours in harms way without fatigue setting in and efficiency falling. And you certainly can't do it when you send signals that you really don't care about them. Soldiers can only take so much.
And isn't it interesting that the man sending them in harm's way usually doesn't even start his daily routine of doing very little leading in mid to late morning? Just check on his daily schedule, which is published, you'll see. But that is what we've learned to expect from our Campaigner-in-Chief and its the reason things are the way they are. We should have known this before we elected him twice.
God be with us. May he help us to turn this country back toward Thee.