There was one moment during President Trump’s first joint address to Congress that really stood out, and it’s not for the reason you might think… Carryn Owens was honored as the widow of the Navy SEAL killed in the first military operation authorized by Trump. She is the picture of the reality many Americans face on a daily basis.
“We are blessed to be joined tonight to be joined by Carryn Owens, the widow of US Navy Special Operative Senior Chief William ‘Ryan’ Owens,” Trump said. “Ryan died as he lived—a warrior and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing out nation.”
William “Ryan” Owens was a special operative who was killed in a raid on Yemen that was allegedly meant to go after al-Qaeda militants.
The best thing we can do for the Owens family, and for all grieving Americans who are mourning the loss of loved ones in the military, is to ask the honest question… was it worth it?
“I just spoke to our great General Mattis, just now re-confirmed that, and I quote, ‘Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital information that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemy,’” Trump said.
Actually, just hours before Trump’s speech, reports came out claiming that no valuable intelligence came out of the Jan. 29 raid in Yemen whatsoever.
Even Ryan Owens’ father is speaking out and questioning the purpose of the mission. He noted that after two years of launching drone strikes because there was not enough valuable intelligence to justify ground troops, the decision to put boots in the ground just wasn’t logical.
What we do know is that this raid resulted in the deaths of 30 people, including 10 children, in Yemen. This adds to the death toll of more than 10,000 civilians who have been killed in Yemen in the last two years.
The most important thing to remember about this war is that it’s not our war. After two years of launching drone strikes and killing innocent civilians, the United States is now initiating military raids on the ground, and it’s all for a proxy war created by Saudi Arabia—our friendly ally that is notorious for human rights violations.
It’s easy to look away when the casualties are thousands of civilians in Yemen, but it hits much closer to home when Americans are the ones being killed, doesn’t it? The important thing to remember here is that this raid should never have happened, Ryan Owens should still be alive right now, and if Americans want to support our troops, we need to start calling out the U.S. government for getting involved in pointless proxy wars that do nothing for our safety and security.