The Yemen Raid: Lessons Unlearned, Propaganda Unleashed

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10 February, 2017

"Instead of banning everybody from this series of countries - closing off the country to refugees, which is not our history - I wish President Trump had said to Gen. [John] Kelly at Homeland Security, "give me a program that I can put into action as quickly as possible" that will do what the president has called extreme vetting".

Asked about McCain's comments at the briefing, Spicer said he had a "message" for anybody who said the mission was not a success, though he did not mention McCain by name.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that any criticism of the operation does a disservice to the life of Owens.

"I think anybody who undermines the success of that [raid] owes an apology ... to Chief Owens", he said.

McCain has been a frequent critic of the Trump administration, publicly criticizing the President - who hails from his own party - for fighting with Australia, his choice for Cabinet secretaries, his comments about torture and his travel and immigration ban. During his presidential campaign Trump said McCain was not a war hero because he was captured while serving in Vietnam. "Disagree with politics ANY single day but how dare anyone question the honor of my father and his service", McCain tweeted, a reference to injuries Sen.

If it was unclear before if John McCain was going to be a major thorn in the side of Donald Trump, that was cleared up this morning when Trump tweeted that McCain "emboldens the enemy".

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U.S. Central Command said in a statement: "A team designated by the operational task force commander has concluded regrettably that civilian non-combatants were likely killed in the midst of a firefight during a raid in Yemen Jan. 29". Neither Trump nor Blumenthal fought in the war after receiving multiple deferments, though Blumenthal did serve in the Marine Corps Reserve.

He called Navy SEAL Ryan a "hero" who "died on a winning mission ( according to General Mattis), not a 'failure.' Time for the USA to get smart and start winning again!"

He said reports that Yemen has demanded a halt to USA special operations are "not true". "Time for the U.S.to get smart and start winning again". "These things happen and it's not an unsuccessful mission simply because John McCain doesn't like Trump". "He's been losing so long he doesn't know how to win anymore".

McCain shot back at Spicer in an interview with NBC and he recounted an episode from his time as a POW during the Vietnam War when American soldiers tried to rescue him and others from a prison.

Trump also took aim at Sen. Al-Awlaki was killed in a 2011 USA drone attack.

"When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, an American life is lost ..."


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