President Trump waited a week before continuing the illegal war on terror. On Sunday it was reported he sent Navy SEAL commandos into Yemen to attack al-Qaeda.
U.S. service member killed in Yemen raid marks first combat death of Trump administration; 3 hurt https://t.co/IRynljlyqB
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 29, 2017
Commando dies in U.S. raid in Yemen which kills 30 Qaeda members, civilians https://t.co/DLXI3MjZKq
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 29, 2017
The commandos reportedly killed 30 people and suffered the loss of an “elite service member,” according to Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of the Pentagon’s Central Command, The New York Times reports. In addition to 31 people killed, a military aircraft, an MV-22 Osprey, assisting in the operation crash-landed nearby, leaving two more service member injured, according to the Pentagon.
A senior American official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, denied reports from the region that civilian women and children were among the dead.
It is known, however, that the Pentagon routinely lies about the number of civilian casualties.
The attack represents a seamless integration of Obama’s illegal war on manufactured terror. Prior to leaving office, Obama launched one of his infamous and illegal drone strikes in Yemen’s Bayda Province.
The attack demonstrates Trump’s willingness to go beyond drone strikes and place troops on the ground.
During the election, Trump portrayed himself as a noninterventionist and this was accepted at face value by many libertarians and others opposed to military intervention.
They are now faced with the task of reconciling their support with Trump’s obvious intention to continue and extend the illegal war on terror.