Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, blasted the Obama administration’s attempts to downplay the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to ISIS as just a ‘setback,’ saying “every setback for the White House is a massacre.”
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest dismissed the loss of the city, mocking those 75 American soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice to secure it in 2006.
“Are we going to light our hair on fire every time that there is a setback in the campaign against ISIL?” he asked.
Hegseth absolutely hammered the White House for their comments, defending those who lost their lives along the way.
“Every setback for the White House is a massacre,” he declared. And Hegseth was just getting started…
Via BizPAC Review:
Hegseth, who said President Obama does not have a strategy in Iraq, blasted the White House.
“Guess what, in other news, in Mosul, in Ramadi, in Fallujah, ISIS is literally lighting people on fire,” he said. “Every setback for the White House is a stain on someone like [slain U.S. Navy SEAL] Mark Lee and what they gave in Ramadi.”
“Every setback makes it that much more difficult to retake Ramadi.”
Hegseth also charged the administration with “backhanding” those who lost loved ones fighting in the Iraq War.
Watch his fiery commentary below…
Hegseth, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, said the recent dismissive comments “underscore(s) how fundamentally disconnected” the White House is from the reality on the ground in Iraq.
Comment: What do you think of Hegseth’s comments? Is he right in that the Obama administration should not be downplaying major military losses as ‘minor setbacks,’ and that doing so is essentially spitting on the graves of our lost troops?