After far too long, Congress will finally have a hearing to investigate the deaths of 30 servicemembers in 2011:
On August 6, 2011, a U.S. Boeing CH-47D Chinook military helicopter, carrying special operations officers sent to reinforce Army Rangers under fire, was shot down in the Wardak Province, Afghanistan, killing 30 of our soldiers – 22 of whom were part of Navy SEAL Team VI; the team who took down Osama Bin Laden.
Only months before, Vice-President Joe Biden betrayed Navy SEAL Team VI after publically crediting them to the killing of Osama Bin Laden. This put members of the special ops community, and their families, in grave danger.
The shoot down of Extortion 17 resulted in the greatest loss of U.S. military lives in a single incident in the twelve-year war in Afghanistan that began in 2001, and the greatest single loss in the history of the Navy SEALs.
The Vaughns, parents of slain U.S. Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn, demanded answers from military leaders and the Obama administration after reading the 1,200-page heavily redacted document provided to them after their son’s death.
Questions demanding to be answered during the Congressional Hearing will include:
- Why our special operations forces were sent into an active battle zone in an outdated Chinook transport helicopter, as opposed to the MH47’s with which they trained.
- Why the U.S. military has permitted the Afghan military and police to be part of every planned military operation executed in this war on terror.
- Why our military’s rules of engagement under Obama’s administration has caused the casualty rate of our American heroes to skyrocket.
After the hearing on February 27th, America will be one step closer to saving the lives of future men and women who answer the call to serve our nation.
I haven’t followed this particular issue all that closely, but it’s very clear that Vice President Biden erred in outing the Seals who took down Osama bin Laden. Hopefully, this hearing will put some questions to rest, and give the families of the brave soldiers some peace.