Published: Wed, March 01, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump on Yemen Raid: 'Very Successful Mission'

Trump on Yemen Raid: 'Very Successful Mission'

This is doubly problematic because the Obama Administration had declined to authorize the same raid in its last weeks, and a lot of the hype was around the Trump Administration trying to present themselves as more willing to act with the early operation and has nothing to show for it.

William Owens, father of Special Warfare Chief Petty Officer Owens, a member of Navy SEAL Team 6, said he wants a broader investigation to look into whether politics was involved in the decision to order the raid. Al Qaeda leader Qasim al-Raym, who was rumored to be the real target of the mission, was not found, and an air strike had to be called in to destroy a damaged V-22 Osprey so that it would not fall into enemy hands. "I met most of the family", Trump recalled in the interview with Fox News.

"This was a mission that started before I got here". "I told them I don't want to meet the president". And they came to see me and they explained what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected. "And they lost Ryan". The SEAL's father, Bill Owens, told The Miami Herald recently that his "conscience" barred him from speaking to Trump. Nothing we have done in the Middle East from the time of President Jimmy Carter through all the administrations since has accomplished anything worthwhile, either for the people of the Middle East or for our country. "Why?" he asked rhetorically.

He branded the raid a "grand display", pointing out that for the past two years ground forces had not been deployed in Yemen.

Colin Kahl, former national security adviser to Vice President Biden, talks with Rachel Maddow about the uncomfortable mix of incompetence and malice at play within the Donald Trump administration. John McCain (R-AZ) and others about the raid, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on February 8: "I think anybody who undermines the success of that raid owes an apology and [it's] a disservice to the life of Chief Owens".

US military officials told Owens's father his son was killed in the early minutes of the firefight, which also included female al-Qaida combatants.

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Trump went on to say that Defense Secretary James Mattis said "it was a very successful mission".

Trump instead approved the mission over dinner at the White House residence, alongside political adviser Steve Bannon.

So Trump, the commander-in-chief who gave his approval for the mission, had nothing to do with it.

But in an interview broadcast Tuesday on the Fox News program Fox and Friends, Trump appeared to place the blame for the botched raid the cost Owens' life on the military itself, saying, "they lost Ryan". "They got tremendous amounts of information".

However, he said he stands by the mission based on the critical information obtained.

Reuters, citing US military officials, reported that "Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations".

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