When 140 Characters Isn't Enough
Leadership: The lack of respect our commander in chief has for our fallen heroes was shown by the sending of a form letter signed by auto-pen to the families of 17 Navy SEALs killed in a crash in Afghanistan.
'I don't take these folks too seriously," President Obama recently told the Virginian-Pilot, referring to a group of former SEALs who formed the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc., to run ads attacking the leaking of details of the Osama bin Laden raid and other national secrets to further his reelection chances.
Apparently the president doesn't take the sacrifice of Navy SEALs who've fallen in battle and the grief of their surviving families too seriously, judging from the form letter sent out to the families of 17 who were among 30 U.S. service members killed when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter transporting them crashed in Wardak province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 6, 2011.
As Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit reports, Karen and Billy Vaughn, parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn, spoke at the Defending the Defenders forum sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots outside the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Karen brought a copy of the form letter they were sent after their son's death in that crash. It shocked her to discover that all the families had received the same letter with only the names different.
It shocks us too. This was the single greatest loss of life in the decade-long Afghan war, one involving 17 Navy SEALs who were on a mission to aid a U.S. Army Ranger unit that was under heavy fire. Such a sacrifice by this group of genuine American heroes warranted more than a form letter to the families.
The "Preezy of the United Steezy," as late-night talk-show host Jimmy Fallon refers to him, felt the death of rapper Heavy D last November warranted a personal letter rather than the form letter sent to the families of those who died in battle for their country.
"We extend our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time," the president wrote in the letter, which according to the Associated Press was read by the Rev. Al Sharpton at Heavy D's service. "He will be remembered for his infectious optimism and many contributions to American music. Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers."
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