Did President Trump cause the death of Chief Petty Officer Owens?
WEST SACRAMENTO CA (IFS) -- The timeline is indisputable. President Trump signs the Executive Deportation Order that caused American Cooperatives in Yemen to be denied entry into the United States, and because of this, they gave up the secret mission and that's when Seal Team Six was ambushed hours later. Bad timing? You bet. Was this preventable? You bet again. The mission should have been first, then the Executive Order after the mission.
The president spoke of Chief Petty Officer Owens as a "pal" or "buddy" of his, using his first name and disregarding his professional rank and position. I don't believe the president has ever met with Petty Officer Owens -- ever in his life. - KHS
By The Independent News, UK
William Owens’ son, William “Ryan” Owens, was killed on 29 January in a special forces raid on an al-Qaeda base – the first US serviceman to die in combat under the Trump administration.
The mission had not been signed off by Barack Obama but Mr Trump approved the plan days after taking office.
Mr Owens said he had rejected an invitation to meet the President when Mr Trump travelled to Delaware to be present for the transfer of Ryan’s remains. In addition to the death of the Seal, 20 civilians were killed in the attack, along with 14 al-Qaeda militants. Despite this, the White House claimed the mission was a success.
“I told them I didn't want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn't let me talk to him”, Mr Owens told The Miami Herald.
The father, who served in the military himself, called for a full investigation into the circumstances that led to his son’s death.
"Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn't even barely a week into his administration?”, he said. “Why?
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said three reviews of the raid will be carried out by the US Department of Defense. One will investigate Mr Owens’ death, another will look into the killing of civilians and the third will probe the loss of a helicopter during the mission.
Mr Spicer also repeated his claims that the mission “achieved its objectives” and “was successful in helping prevent a future attack or attacks on this nation".
"We're very comfortable with how the mission was executed and we'll let the Department of Defense go through that review process and then see where that leads us," he said
“For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen — everything was missiles and drones — because there was not a target worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?"
"Don't hide behind my son's death to prevent an investigation," he added.