Daniel Greenfield
May 9, 2013

A basic mistake that Republicans made was to ignore the Rules of Engagement issues in Afghanistan. It’s a much bigger issue than Benghazi and in this clip from the press conference with the parents of the SEALS, you can see why.

From today’s press conference with the families of SEAL Team 6, here Billy Vaughn, the father of Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn, speaks about why his son died.

“If my son had gone in on an MH-47 that night with guns blazing and they had been shot out of the sky that night, it would have been a whole lot easier to live with. If the air weapons teams had been offering suppressive fire because a 3.5 hour operation was already underway in the valley, but you know why we were not…

because according to a high ranking three-star admiral, Admiral Harward, made a statement to the grieving families that day. We want to win the hearts and minds of the enemy. Aaron did not become a Navy SEAL Team 6 Gold Squad to win the hearts and minds of the Islamic Jihadists. He became a Navy SEAL to fight for this republic and defeat the enemy.

And I’ll tell you right now, any American flag officer who does not want to defeat the enemy, needs to find another job. Any man who sits in that White House…”

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