Trump Playing Fast And Loose With The Death Of SEAL William “Ryan” Owens
There were enough emotional moments during the speech by Donald Trump before congress regarding William “Ryan” Owens, the SEAL who lost his life in Yemen, that a Hallmark movie could be made. The death of the man took place only days after the inauguration and is indeed sad. But what is even more harsh about the matter is the way Trump is trying to use it for a public relations stunt.
In a dramatic moment Carryn Owens, the widow, stood before the House chamber and the nation with tears streaming down her face. It was gripping television, that is no doubt. Trump even said that he had talked with his defense secretary, “who reconfirmed that, and I quote, ‘Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.'”
But there is no one else confirming that account. There is growing evidence to support, in fact, just the opposite.
Information gleaned from devices netted in the raid leads multiple U.S. officials telling NBC News the information was neither actionable nor vital. Ten current U.S. officials across the government who have been briefed on the details of the raid told NBC News that so far, no truly significant intelligence has emerged from the haul.
This simply contradicts Trump’s remarks.
What we can take from the news is that Trump is covering his backside. The new administration, wishing to show its alpha male side, used a military plan that was not fully developed and ran with it. Trump played his hand like a novice and in the process had a member of the U.S. military killed in the hope he would be given an early success with power.
Owens’ father has been critical of Trump and the continued reporting on this matter is proving why the public is also taking another look.
Owens is dead. That is a fact.
That his death had meaning is not something Trump can claim.