The Betrayal of the Navy’s SEAL Team 6|
July 27, 2013
Did the Obama
administration put a target on the backs of members of Navy
SEAL Team 6?
This is the question that parents of slain SEALs are now asking — and rightly
so. Forget Benghazi, the
Eric H. Holder
Jr. and the
National Security Agency spying on U.S. citizens. Important as these
scandals are, what happened to
SEAL Team 6
could very well dwarf them. Our government betrayed America’s finest warriors.
Navy SEAL Team 6
became a household name for their role in killing
Osama bin Laden.
On May 1, 2011, the country rightly celebrated the death of
administration, however, wanted to do more. It sought to claim full credit
for the assassination, deciding to spike the football. On May 3, at an event in
Washington, Vice President
Biden Jr. did the unthinkable: He publicly revealed the identity of the
special-operations unit responsible for
killing. His reckless action put at risk the lives of every member of
SEAL Team 6.
and other jihadists eager to avenge
now knew which unit to target. Stunned and shocked,
immediately realized they were going to be hunted by
the mother of slain
Vaughn, says that within hours after
comments, her son called to tell her to wipe away every piece of information
regarding the family on social media,
Twitter. “I never
that afraid in his life,”
said in an interview. “He told me: ‘Mom, we’re picking up chatter. We’re not
safe. You’re not safe. Delete everything.’”
According to Mrs.
Mr. Biden essentially placed a bull’s-eye on her son’s back — and that of
all the other SEALs. He leaked classified information.
SEAL Team 6 is
a covert unit, which is supposed to operate in the shadows. This is how they are
able to conduct deadly raids on terrorist groups. Their reward, however, for
killing the world’s foremost terrorist mastermind was to be outed by their own
Yet, the betrayal did not stop there. On Aug. 6, 2011, a Chinook helicopter
carrying 30 U.S. service members — including 15
SEAL Team 6
members — was shot down in
Everyone on board was killed. The rescue team was sent to aid an Army Ranger
unit battling the
and desperately in need of backup. The Chinook was shot down by a
rocket-propelled grenade in Wardak province.
fighters were waiting on three sides for the aircraft as it approached. The
Chinook was a sitting duck as it hovered in the sky. The evidence is
overwhelming and disturbing:
SEAL Team 6
members were ambushed. It was America’s single greatest loss of life in
the largest number of SEALs ever killed in one incident in history.
Recently, parents of the slain
held a news conference at the National Press Club. They are rightly demanding a
congressional investigation. They have numerous troubling questions. Why was the
Chinook not provided a military escort plane, as is standard military procedure
when a special-operations unit conducts a raid? Why were the SEALs placed on an
outdated aircraft built in the 1960s? Why were they not flying in a
special-operations aircraft that is designed to take enemy fire and go deep
behind enemy lines? Why were they ordered not to return fire against the tower
from where insurgents were firing? Did the strict rules of engagement cause the
deaths of our service members?
The most troubling question of all is, why did seven of the eight Afghans on
that aircraft board at the last minute? They were not on the flight manifest,
which was a gross violation of military procedure. The original Afghans
scheduled to be on that Chinook were replaced just prior to the mission. In
other words, the SEALs were accompanied by strangers. They could very possibly
Taliban suicide bombers posing as Afghan soldiers. Did someone from within
the corrupt Afghan regime betray our troops?
The scandal only gets worse.
said that her family received a DVD from the U.S. military that recorded the
funeral services in
Afghanistan for her dead son, as well as the other slain SEALs. To the
parents’ horror, a Muslim cleric presided over the services. In Arabic, he
damned the “infidel” SEALs, condemning their souls “to hell.”
“I was disgusted,”
Mrs. Vaughn said. “We went to multiple translators to make sure we got the
imam’s exact words correct. All of the translators told us the same thing. I
couldn’t believe that this cleric was allowed to so openly disrespect and insult
our son and the other American soldiers.”
The U.S. military’s practice of using Islamic clerics at funeral services is
part of Washington’s supposed outreach to the Muslim world. In reality, it is
national self-abasement masquerading as multicultural tolerance.
valiantly served his country. Yet our military couldn’t even give him a proper,
respectful funeral. He was betrayed — in life and in death. He was placed in a
war zone with severe rules of engagement that eventually cost him and his fellow
SEALs their lives.
is no bumbling fool. Rather, his deliberate, reckless disclosure placed
SEAL Team 6 in
mortal jeopardy. He and his boss, President Obama, exploited them in order to
boost their re-election chances. The SEALs, however, paid the ultimate price.
Mr. Obama and
Mr. Biden have American blood on their hands. The parents of the dead SEALs
deserve to know the truth about what really happened on that final mission. Our
finest warriors were killed and, possibly, sacrificed. It’s time for a
congressional investigation. Or do we no longer care?
Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a radio commentator on WRKO AM-680 in Boston.