The father of the Navy Seal William “Ryan” Owens, who was killed in President Trump’s disastrous January 25 raid in Yemen, wants some answers.
William Owens is father to three Navy sons, two of them Seals-including his late son Ryan, and is himself a Navy veteran. He knows about military service. He knows it’s dangerous. But he wants to know why the barely-president put American lives at risk in a region where there had been no boots on the ground for two years.
In an interview with the Miami Herald he asked these questions:
“Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn’t even barely a week into his administration? Why?” he asked. “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?”
The mission was an abject disaster. Aimed at capturing an al-Qaeda leader in the Arabian Peninsula, the mission went sours after militants were somehow tipped off to the attack. The SEAL team was met with heavy firefight.
Although Trump called the mission successful, the military admits that “everything went wrong.” Senator John McCain, military veteran, called the mission “a failure.” Trump has attempted to claim that the troops gathered important intelligence.
To side-step the question of an investigation into the mission, the White House says it would not agree to one because it would tarnish the memory of Owens’ death.
“Don’t hide behind my son’s death to prevent an investigation,” Owens’ father remarked. “I want an investigation. … The government owes my son an investigation.”
Owens and his wife refused to meet with the President when Ryan’s body was flown back the the US.
“I’m sorry, I don’t want to see him,” Owens recalled explaining to the chaplain. “I told them I don’t want to meet the president.”
“I told them I didn’t want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn’t let me talk to him.”
The day after Trump insulted Yemen and many other Muslim countries with his executive order banning entry into the US by their citizens, he orders this military operation.
“It just doesn’t make any sense to do something to antagonize an ally when you’re going to conduct a mission in that country,” he insisted.
“I don’t want anybody to think I have an agenda, because I don’t. I just want the truth,” Owens insisted.
Trump’s impulsive attempt to flex his military muscles cost Owens his life. Now the administration is unwilling to take responsibility for the loss of one of our own, but also the 29 other innocent lives of those killed during that raid.