President Barack Obama responded to Tuesday’s death of Navy SEAL Charlie Keating IV in Iraq by making no public statements whatsoever about the warrior’s premature demise.
Moreover, when White House press secretary Josh Earnest stepped out to the podium for that morning’s first press briefing, he made no mention of Keating until prodded about it by reporter Mark Knoller, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
“I can tell you the president has been briefed on this incident, and everyone here at the White House, including the first family, extends our condolences to the family of the service member that was killed today in northern Iraq,” Earnest then said.
He added, “This individual was the third U.S service member killed in action since the beginning of Operation Inherent Resolve, and this service member’s death reminds us of the risks our brave men and women in uniform face every single day.”
This is tragic news. Pray for the entire Keating Family with the loss of Arizonan Charlie Keating IV killed in Iraq https://t.co/gvfVnqgUSD
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) May 4, 2016
According to Townhall, the discussion then pivoted toward the president’s refusal to classify the role of U.S. troops in Iraq as combat. Defense Secretary Ash Carter reportedly announced Keating’s death as a “combat death,” yet Earnest again tried to paint another narrative when called out about this.
“Today’s incident is a vivid reminder of the risks our service members are taking and some of them, three of them now, have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country — but the president has been clear, time and time again, exactly what their mission is,” he said.
He added, “That mission is to support Iraqi forces on the ground who are taking the fight to ISIL on the front lines.”
So not only did Obama say nothing about Keating’s death, but his press secretary then waited until reporters brought it up to talk about it — after which he rambled off a bunch of excuses about how the U.S. was not at war with the Islamic State group.
This administration doesn’t know the first thing about honoring America’s servicemen and women; lip service is all we can ever expect from them, and even that only comes when the mainstream media — the mainstream media! — prods them.
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