CNN host Alisyn Camerota blasted President Donald Trump for his claim during his joint address to Congress that the raid he authorized in Yemen was a success.
Talking about the widow of slain Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens’ widow, Camerota explained,
“This is complicated. You can’t get past her looking up to the heavens for strength during that moment. This goes to the heart of all of us that want to believe that Ryan Owens did not die in vain and will keep the country safe. They call it highly successful but there’s different reports on whether this was a highly successful raid. John McCain said no, it was not.”
Chris Cuomo then chimed in, noting the unifying element present when a President stands up for veterans. He continued, “but this has some components to it that we have to talk about going forward.”
Barbara Starr then made the distinction between the military’s definition for “success,” and the definition for the term when used by other groups including politicians and most Americans. For the Pentagon, she explains, the raid was considered a success only because the information was gathered.
Cuomo then built upon Starr’s explanation, saying,
“The military doesn’t look at loss of life as to whether or not something is a success. They see that as the price of these missions going into it. They don’t not take on missions because there might be a loss of life, and yet what we saw last night is this really powerful, powerful stuff that can come up in politics. Nothing galvanizes the American people and American politicians like the military, but we have seen before where those men and women in that audience have gotten up and cheered and cheered for military and then not delivered for them.”
Cuomo then referred to Trump’s recent claim that it was his generals that “lost Ryan.” When Trump was asked about the failed Yemen raid that resulted in the death of Navy Seal William “Ryan” Owens by hosts of “Fox & Friends,” the President was quick to turn the tables on his own generals.
The “Fox & Friends” hosts then prompted Trump by asking him about the criticism that has come from Owens’ father, who has since called for an investigation into his son’s death. Trump then pointed out that the planning for the mission actually started under former President Barack Obama — although it was delayed as military officials waited for a more opportune time.
“This was a mission that was started before I got here. This was something that was, uh, you know, they wanted to do. They came to see me, they explained what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected. My generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I believe. And they lost Ryan.”
Although Owen’s widow was in attendance for the speech, his father was not.
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