............””We have not gotten any blowback whatsoever. In fact, we get e-mails every day thanking us, and telling us their child who is in Afghanistan supports us. What we are hoping to do is to scream out loud enough so that American citizens will learn and then get on board. The policies of this administration are getting our soldiers killed.”
American Thinker asked Billy and Karen to describe the events leading up to the night Aaron died. They point out that then-Secretary of Defense Gates kept telling this administration that there should be no operational details made public about the Osama bin Laden raid. Yet, from the president on down, this administration took a victory lap. Karen was furious as she watched all the information coming out, and she thought, “Oh my G-d — he is going to get them killed. The president endangered the lives of our warriors by promoting himself. Then Aaron called and told us that intelligence was receiving chatter that we were all being targeted: the SEALs, their parents, wives, and children.
“After getting off the phone, my heart went into my mouth. Because of the decisions of this administration, families have to start watching their backs; that is our reality. After hearing of my son’s death, I thought that this administration had put a target on my son’s back about ninety days after Osama bin Laden was killed.””
Billy felt that this administration has tied the American warriors’ hands behind their backs. He was in Afghanistan while Bush was president, but on his second tour of duty, in 2010, he became angry because of what had changed. Billy said that Aaron always said, “Our enemies understand force. They hate us, but they also fear us. They only respect power.”......................