On August 05, 2014, Major General Harold J. Greene was killed by an Afghan army soldier. Greene was the most senior U.S. Officer killed in combat since Vietnam.
On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, U.S. Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV was killed while attempting to rescue a dozen U.S. military advisers from an attacking force of 100 ISIS fighters in Iraq.
What ties these deaths of these two members of our military forces was the slience by President Obama. In both cases, he made no public statement, leaving his press secretary to do so. With respect to Gen. Greene, Earnest said it was a “painful reminder of the service and sacrifice that our men and women in uniform make every day for this country.”
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With Keating, Earnest began his press conference discussing President Obama’s upcoming visit to Flint, Michigan. He said nothing about Keating’s death until asked by press officials in the audience. Former intelligence officer, Rick Francona, was so incensed by Earnest’s remarks, he wrote in his column, “Your canned remarks appeared to be an afterthought. One has to wonder if you would have mentioned it at all had you not been prodded by a reporter.”
For both of these heroes, no flags were flown at half mast, no comments were made by our president, nor did any member of Obama’s staff attend either funeral.
However, compare those actions with convicted criminal Freddie Gray. Obama sent “Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, chairman of Obama administration’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force; Heather Foster, an adviser in the White House Office of Public Engagement; and Elias Alcantara from the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs” to Freddie Gray’s funeral. And three White House officials attended Michael Brown’s funeral. It should be remembered that Brown had just robbed a convenience story before his confrontation with Police Officer Darren Wilson.
Both Gray and Brown were black. Was race an issue? It is not possible to ascertain what Obama was thinking but it does make people wonder about his inaction.
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However, former U.S. Special Operations Command boss, retired Adm. William McRaven, believes he knows the answer to this silence. As the officer who oversaw Operation Neptune Spear, the SEAL operation wherein Osama Bin Laden met his long overdue demise, said, “Over the past decade I have seen a disturbing trend in how politicians abuse and denigrate military leadership, particularly the officer corps, to advance their political agendas.”
There is no question these politicians take their lead from their Commander-In-Chief, President Obama.
However, there are dozens of stories reporting our president’s disdain for our military. You only need to type in “Obama versus the U.S. Military” into your favorite Internet search engine and you can see for yourself.
So, the silence from our president is truly deafening! We can only hope that our next president will make us forget this silent treatment of those who risk their lives to protect us from those who would harm us!