The Obama administration’s decision to pretend the loss of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to Islamist militants is unimportant isn”t fooling Americans who know what it cost the country to free the city almost a decade ago.
And what it will take to get it back.
Debbie Lee, the mother of the first Navy SEAL killed in the Iraq war, appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” Tuesday to discuss the Obama administration’s response to the city’s loss.
“First they were saying there was [nothing] symbolic if it did fall,” she said. “Now that it’s falling they’re making up excuses. We have blood on that soil. My son’s blood is on that soil. So many others have sacrificed greatly for that area.”
Lee’s son, Marc Alan Lee, was killed in a firefight the city in 2006.
“There’s tactics that could be employed, that we could make a difference over there,” she said. “And now, they’re only [emboldened] to go further and go into Baghdad and take that area as well.”
Lee said troops should have been left in the area to stabilize the region.
“Because we didn’t leave troops there to stabilize, now it’s in the hands of ISIS. And that’s gut-wrenching to me to know that the sacrifices that have been made there,” she said.
She compared President Obama’s relationship with the military to the predecessor her son died serving.
Obama did not come off well.
“We heard from President Bush who was a real commander in chief, who loved his troops,” she said. “The man that is serving today, it’s just unbelievable that he doesn’t allow our troops to do, and give them policies and rules of engagement that let them be successful over there. Its unconscionable.”
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