It turns out the media isn’t telling you everything about the Navy SEAL killed in Iraq fighting ISIS — and you definitely won’t be hearing this from the White House. Col. Allen West explains exactly what went wrong and why.
As reported by Fox News, “Charlie Keating IV, the Navy SEAL shot dead by ISIS in Iraq on Tuesday, set aside a promising future in sports to join the terror fight overseas, according to some of his friends.
Keating, 31, died in combat in the town of Tel Askuf, likely from AK-47 fire, officials said. He was the third American serviceman to die in combat in Iraq since the U.S.-led coalition launched its anti-ISIS campaign in the summer of 2014.
The Navy SEAL was part of the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) sent in to rescue fewer than a dozen U.S. troops who were in the village “advising and assisting” the Kurdish Peshmerga, U.S. military spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters.
The U.S. troops who were on the ground had to fight back before the QRF troops arrived. “They fought back… They fought out,” Warren said, adding that one truck bomb and a bulldozer broke through a Peshmerga check point and began a sprint to Tel Askuf.”
This is the danger of the “mission creep” focus of the Obama administration. It is also reflective of combat — not a training and advisory mission. Just ask any of the early-on U.S. Army Special Forces operators who were deployed into Vietnam to “train” the South Vietnamese. What were “fewer than a dozen” U.S. troops doing in a village where they didn’t have adequate fire support?
This is no different from last month’s attack on a Marine fire base in northern Iraq where one Marine lost his life and nine others were wounded. And if there was an ISIS force substantial enough that the QRF had to be deployed, something went very wrong, folks.
Back in January we witnessed a U.S. Army Special Forces team being trapped in Marjah, Afghanistan — an American lost his life there too. This is why I was completely beside myself with the announcement of 250 troops to be deployed into Syria.
But I have to ask, where is the mainstream liberal media coverage? Y’all know that daily when George W. Bush was president, if there was a loss of an American life in Iraq or Afghanistan it was covered everywhere. Now, we hardly hear a peep because it’s their guy in the White House.
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