Debbie Lee, the mother of slain Navy SEAL sniper Marc Alan Lee, penned an open letter to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey for downplaying the loss of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, a location where her son became the first Navy SEAL casualty in the line of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Dempsey responded to reports that Ramadi was about to fall to Islamic State terrorists by saying the city was “not symbolic in any way.”
Debbie Lee wrote that she had “tears … flowing down my cheeks” at the callous comments.
“You sir owe an apology to the families whose loved ones blood was shed in Ramadi,” she said.
Via Fox News:
I am shaking and tears are flowing down my cheeks as I watch the news and listen to the insensitive, pain inflicting comments made by you in regards to the fall of Ramadi.
“The city itself is not symbolic in any way”? Oh, really? Are you willing to meet with me and with the families who have lost a son, daughter, husband, wife, father, mother, aunt, uncle, grandson, or teammate?
My son Marc Lee was the first Navy SEAL who sacrificed his life in Ramadi Iraq Aug 2, 2006. His blood is still in that soil and forever will be. Remember that was when so many of our loved ones were taken from us. You said that “it’s not been declared part of the caliphate on one hand or central to the future of Iraq.” My son and many others gave their future in Ramadi. Ramadi mattered to them. Many military analysts say that as goes Ramadi so goes Iraq.
You sir owe an apology to the families whose loved ones blood was shed in Ramadi. Ramadi matters to us and is very symbolic to us. You need to apologize to our troops whose bodies were blown to pieces from IEDs and bullet holes leaving parts and pieces behind, Ramadi matters to them. You need to apologize to our troops who endured the extreme temperatures and battled the terrorists in some of the worst battlefields in Iraq, Ramadi matters to them. They carry vivid memories of the battles and the teammates whose future is gone, Ramadi matters to them.
You and this administration have minimized that Ramadi could fall, now you are minimizing that it is falling, but you Sir WILL NOT minimize the sacrifice my son Marc Lee made or any of our brave warriors!
Lee is demanding that the Chairman apologize for his insensitive comments.
Watch the video report from Fox News…
Over 75 American soldiers and Marines were killed trying to secure Ramadi in 2006, a city that was referred to as the center of the insurgency in Iraq.
Senator John McCain ripped Dempsey for the comments as well, saying he was essentially telling ISIS that “we don’t care” if they take over a city that dozens of American soldiers fought and died for.
“He never fails to surprise me with his insensitivity,” McCain explained. He has a “sort of willingness to knee-jerk whatever way he can to support the moral bankruptcy of this failed foreign policy of Barack Obama.”
What do you think of Dempsey’s comments? Should he apologize?