Bill Owens, the father of Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, the Navy SEAL who died in the operation, has also accused the Trump administration of using his son as a political prop in an interview published Sunday in The Miami Herald.
According to a timeline provided by the then White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn the mission was planned over a Jan. 25th dinner that included Vice President Mike Pence, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. It was not held in the Situation Room, as had been a practice under previous administrations. The mission was then signed off on by Trump the next afternoon.
The mission was originally intended for servicemen to gather laptops, cellphones and intelligence about al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula but due to poor planning quickly devolved into a fiery battle that killed Owens and claimed the lives of up to thirty Yemeni civilians of which ten were determined to be women and children.
Owens said of Trump's actions...
“Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn’t even barely a week into his administration? Why? For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen — everything was missiles and drones — because there was not a target worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?’’
The grieving father then demanded an investigation saying...
“Don’t hide behind my son’s death to prevent an investigation. I want an investigation. … The government owes my son an investigation,”,
In light of the claims that the mission was botched from the beginning White House press secretary Sean "alternative facts" Spicer went on the offensive and insisted that the raid was instead “highly successful” and attacked critics who argued that Trump should not have approved such a dangerous mission...
“Anyone who undermines the success of that raid owes an apology to the life and service of Chief Owens,”
Unfortunately for Spicer and his boss Pentagon senior officials have since revealed that the raid produced no "actionable intelligence".
In addition a senior Congressional official briefed on the matter said the Trump administration has yet to explain what prompted the rare use of American ground troops in Yemen as he was not aware of any new threat from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the al Qaeda affiliate that was targeted.
After the countless investigations they heaped on Hillary Clinton for years over the Benghazi attack I don't see any way they can reasonably justify not allowing an investigation into this incident given the recent revelations.